The Commissioner for Environment Hon.(Chief) Victor Adewale Omofaiye has flagged-off the National Sensitization Campaign against Open Defecation in the State.
The Program was organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with Natioanal Orientation Agency(NOA) Kogi State Directorate.
Hon. Omofaiye in his opening remark noted that, the issue of poor Sanitation and Hygiene in Nigeria has remain a great concern, a lot of epidemic is closely related to poor personal hygiene especially in the rural communities where people still practice indiscriminate defecation and are also ignorant of public health danger.
He highlighted some of the harmful effect of Open defecation in the Country, ranging from contamination of soil, water and food, atmospheric pollution and faecal-oral infections such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery and diarrhoea.
He appreciates the National Orientation Agency(NOA) Kogi State Directorate and Federal Ministry of Water Resources for the conceptualisation of such idea, it was a timely one, he said.