2021 FOMWAN Week: Muslim Women's Association Lends Voice To End Open Defecation

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Oloso said, is so unfortunate that the unhealthy practice is prevalent in both rural and urban communities.

The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) Oyo state, a network of Women organizations in the Country has lent their voices to put an end to open defecation as a means of allowing a healthy lifestyle in the society.

Alhaja (Dr) Busrah Oloso, the State Amirah disclose this on Tuesday in Ibadan with Newsmen during a press conference organized by the association as parts of programs to mark 2021 FOMWAN Week.

While discussing the theme for this year which is, "My Community, My Pride: Promoting General Well-being & Stopping Open Defecation”, she said  FOMWAN is focusing on the health and wellness of the people.

Oloso said: “The answer is not far fetched. A healthy people is a healthy community and a happy nation. We are concerned about the inglorious report that places Nigeria as the first among countries with the prevalence of open defecation in the world.

“That report was presented by UNICEF, and it added that about 47million Nigerians practise open defecation. This really gives cause for concern.

“To show the seriousness of the crisis and the problem at hand, the Nigerian President in November 2018 declared a state of emergency in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.”

The State Amirah said is so unfortunate that the unhealthy practice is prevalent in both rural and urban communities.

According to the state chairman, the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) which is a network of Women organizations in the Country with core values of protecting the interest of its members and contributing to their overall health, literacy and empowerment is taking the campaign against open defecation to adopt communities with a view to assessing the problem in the areas, and educating the residents on the effects of the indiscriminate practice of open defecation.

She said: “We will be suggesting to the appropriate Community heads, market leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders the need to make provision for more facilities local and modern for people at home and at workplaces to use to dispose of their faeces.”

“It is worthy of note that Islam emphasizes personal and environmental cleanliness as every time and place is for worship, a clean environment promotes good religious habits.”

"During the week-long activities, we shall pay attention to the availability and types of toilets, places defecation in our adopted communities and the number of such in the areas"

While concluding that FOMWAN is also advocating stringent punitive measures to discourage the practice adding that some states have already made laws to prohibit open defecation, Alh Busrah noted

“In line with this, we want to commend the Oyo State House of Assembly for making open defecation a punishable offence. The House in December 2020 passed the Oyo State Open Defecation Bill, 2020 which when assented to by Governor Seyi Makinde prescribes a fine of #5000 for anyone who defecated in the open in any part of the State.

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