Mr Garba Magaji, the General Manager (GM), Bauchi State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), on Friday said 3 million people practice open defecation in the state.
Magaji disclosed this at a one-day sensitisation and partnership meeting organised for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Coordinators and Community radio personnel in Bauchi.
He said statistics have shown that about 3 million people practise open defecation, while out of 10,000 communities, 6,000 of them practise open defecation with 4,000 using toilet facilities.
The GM said that Gov. Bala Mohammed became disturbed with the prevalence of open defecation among the people and directed stakeholders to work out strategies to reduce the prevalence.
“The Governor directed all stakeholders in WASH sector to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the water supply and sanitation needs to eliminate open defecation in the state.
“The statistics on open defecation, accessible water services and sanitation in the state are disturbing,’’ he said.
According to him, we organise the sensitisation and partnership workshop for WASH stakeholders in the communities and media personnel to strengthen the partnership and work towards attaining an open defecation free society.
He explained that open defecation has negative effects in public health, educational attendance and socio-economic development of a state.