From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State government has taken steps to end open defecation in 2023 as three offenders were on Tuesday evening arrested in Asaba.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Dr Martin Okonta who confirmed this moves to journalists in Asaba on Thursday, said that the state government was determined to end open defecation come 2023, adding that the state Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa had already created monitoring and evaluation team in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies where the MDAs would be assessed, explaining that open defecation free society was a task that must be actualized in the state.
Dr Okonta noted that there was need for more advocacies including awareness on open defecation free, and landed UNICEF WASH team for developing an action plan that would guide the state in the implementation of its water law towards delivering on the WASH sector, adding that the team had designed an action plan and had taken crucial resolutions that would support the Ministry of water Resources Development to achieve its mandate of Providing potable water, sanitation and hygiene in the state as there was need to articulate measures that would provide the road map for water consumers to assume ownership of the water infrastructure in their domains.
The Commissioner, however, disclosed that the three offenders would be prosecuted according to the laws adding that it would serve as deterrent to others in the state as the state government would continue to partner with international donors agencies to improve the water sector in the state as well as working hard to end open defecation within the next six months in 2030.