The Federal Government has been urged to provide movable toilet facilities in marketplaces to limit the challenge of open defecation.
This was revealed on Thursday, September 7, during the memorial lecture of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE), in honour of the Late Engr. Chief Samuel Fadahunsi, held in Ikeja.
Speaking at the memorial lecture, the guest speaker, Engr. Mrs. Margaret Oguntola, who was represented by Dr. Felicia Agubata, noted that although it is not compulsory to build a block type of toilet facilities, in Nigerian markets, governments can be supported by stakeholders to have movable toilet facilities. By so doing, authorities turn challenges into opportunities, Oguntola says.
She described the topic of the Lecture, ‘Strategic Implementation of Wash Policy Towards A Sustainable Environment’, as relevant. According to her, Wash’s policy needs to be implemented strategically to encourage a hygienic environment.
On his part, the national chairman of NIEE, Engr. Odukoya Sesan, said about 19 Engineers were conferred as fellows at the event. Their conferment is to help build the nation.
Engr. Sesan lamented that so many Nigerian schools, churches, and mosques, lack modern toilet facilities.
It is understood that the WASH sector still lacks infrastructures to address the issues of open defecation.