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Kano declares state of emergency on open defecation

The Kano State Government has declared a state of emergency on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) so as to end open defecation, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, has announced.

Abdullahi Ganduje
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

A statement signed by Mr Sanusi Kofarnaisa, the ministry’s public relations officer, which disclosed this on Sunday, June 20, 2021, quoted the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as making the declaration at the launch of the “Keep Kano Clean” campaign on Saturday, at the government House.

It said that the Governor had ordered the state Ministries for Environment and Water Resources, as well as other relevant agencies, to develop a road map to end the phenomenon.

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According to the statement, “The state has also spent more than N20 million for the procurement of sanitation equipment for distribution to 100 self help groups in the State.

“The items included wheel-barrows, shovels, rakes, diggers, cutlasses, personal protective equipment like nose masks, hand gloves and rain boots, to protect the people participating in the sanitation exercise.”

Furthermore, the statement said the commissioner had warned the public against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water ways.

Similarly, he also called for collective efforts to complement the government in keeping Kano clean and free from the effects of flooding and other environmental challenges.

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Gov. Ganduje launched a week-long Keep Kano Clean campaign on Saturday, June 19.

The campaign, tagged “Keep Kano Clean 2021”, is an annual project of the Ganduje administration, usually launched shortly before the rainy season.

The exercise featured a series of activities that included awareness creation on community participation in environmental hygiene and the mass clearance of drains across the state.

By Aisha Ahmed

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