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WORLD TOILET DAY: ZAMFARA GOVT. URGES MEDIA TO INTENSIFY CAMPAIGN ON TOILETS USE

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WORLD TOILET DAY: ZAMFARA GOVT. URGES MEDIA TO INTENSIFY CAMPAIGN ON TOILETS USE


The Zamfara Government has called on the media to intensify advocacy campaign on the proper use of toilets and fight against open defecation in the state.


Hajiya Umma Ahmed, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation and Desk Officer, Wash programme of State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency made the call in Sokoto on Friday at an event to commemorate the 2021 World Toilet Day.


The theme of the event is, “Valuing Toilets”, organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with governments of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.


Ahmed said that the state government, through the agency in collaboration with UNICEF had succeeded in the fight against open defecation especially in the rural communities.

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“This led to the successes recorded by the state government to be among the state with lowest open defecation in the country.


“We have no doubt, proper use of toilets reduces spread of diseases in the society”, she said.


The director reiterated the state government’s commitment to continue to partner with UNICEF and other stakeholders to increase public awareness as regards to proper use of toilet.She called on the media to intensify advocacy to the general public through their routine activities on the provision of right toilets and it’s proper use across the state.


Earlier, Mr Maulid Warfa, Chief, Sokoto UNICEF Field Office said that the meeting was aimed at engaging media workers to discuss on sanitation, prevalence and preventive solutions in the three states.

“We believe the media has a greater role to play in the campaign against open defecation”, Warfa said.


The event has participants comprising government officials and media representatives from the three states.

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