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Open defecation will soon become a criminal offence – Minister

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The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said on Monday that an Executive Order to criminalise open defecation in Nigerian would soon be signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister, who revealed this to journalists, said the Order would direct all government agencies, including enforcement agencies, to ban open defecation in the country.

According to Adamu, the Order which would also mandate all federal agencies to maintain adequate toilets in their buildings and commercial buildings, to open up their toilets facilities for the public, followed the launching of the campaign to make the country open defecation-free by 2025.

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He said: “The campaign will actually be driven by the states themselves. We expect that we will mobilise people such as the civil society, corporate bodies, Nollywood and market women, among others to do the campaign.

“We also hope that individuals and organisations would be sponsoring toilets in schools and medical institutions as the campaign is total. In this way, there would be a culture of respecting toilets and the need to provide these toilets.”

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