13 communities in Kogi defecate openly — Report

Lokoja, March, 22, 2017 (TNE): A document made public in Lokoja on Wednesday by the Justice Peace Development Commission (JPDC) has revealed that 71 per cent of residents in 13 communities of Kogi State defecate in the open.
The publication is the outcome of a research carried out by the Lokoja and Idah dioceses of the JPDC on  water, hygiene and sanitation in the 13 selected communities.
The report also highlighted the situation of water supply in the communities , saying that the residents have been exposed to water from doubtful sources for years.
It said that the development was responsible for the prevalence of  typhoid , diarrhoea and dysentery in the communities.
While reviewing the report as part of activities marking the 2017 World Water Day, a lecturer,  Mr Femi  Olaitan, decried the practice of open defecation.
He said that the persistent demand for modern public toilets by residents as indicated by the document was in order.
On water, he said that the research discovered that 52 percent of the people depend on well water, 24 percent on borehole, while only four percent depend on tap water.
Olaitan said the ranking of the main source of drinking water by household showed that 29 percent rely on rain water, 20 per cent  depend on deep well water, 18 per cent  on borehole, while 17 per cent  relied on sachet water and nine per cent confirmed pipe borne water as their main source of drinking.
The don urged relevant government agencies to take note of the outcomes of the research effort and take steps to reverse the situation to ensure the good wellbeing of rural dwellers,
A member of the state house of assembly representing Ankpa constituency 1, Ahmad Mohammed, said he had been making efforts to make water available to the people in his area.
Mohammed, who is the Deputy Majority Leader, received an award from JPDC for his efforts. (TNE)
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