Open defecation: Journalist rescues community


Mr Yakubu Taddy

By Raymond Gukas, Jos

Worried over global survey by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on open defecation in this modern times, the Director of News and Current Affairs Plateau Radio /Television Corporation, (PRTVC), Mr. Yakubu Taddy has come to the rescue of his immediate community. 

This, he said was part of his contribution to reduce the incidences of open defecation when he organised a foundation  for the construction of a twin toilet in Ropwang village of Du district of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau state. 

The UNICEF survey which ranked Nigeria as the first in Africa and the second in the world among countries where open defacation is prevalent, according  to him calls for serious concerns on how the practice could be mitigated for people in his community.                        

In Nigeria, open defacation seems to be a common practice 

and the act has  now earned the country with the largest number of people that defacate in the open without showing any form of concerns. 

Mr. Taddy had during the foundation laying ceremony, said his desire to help curb the ugly menance stimulated his intention behind building the project for the benefit of the community.                                    

In a comment at the occasion, the General Manager of Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASA) Peter Kassam who spoke through the director of Sanitation and hygiene, Magdelene Jibrin lauded the initiative which she said is in line with Government effort towards eradicating  the menance.                                                                    The Village head of Ropwang Da Pam Chuwang described the donor as a rare sacrifice coming from a “kind heart that has never been persuaded to Carry out any humanitarian act but does it voluntarily”                  

Others who  spoke at the occasion include the ward head, Pam Gyang Dung, Chairman of the community Development Association David Bot, the Youth leader Moses James, land donor of land for the project Stephen Gyess and Hannatu Chuwang who spoke on behalf of the women commended the gesture of the broadcast journalist.  

High point was the official foundation laying ceremony for the construction of the twin public toilet for both male and female.

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