500 NYSC Members Stage Rally Against Open Defecation in Oyo State
During the rally, the corps members actively campaigned against open defecation, emphasizing the significance of personal hygiene, advocating for households to have proper toilets, and discouraging indiscriminate waste disposal.
In observance of World Toilet Day, approximately 500 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members conducted a rally in Ibadan, Oyo State, denouncing the prevalent issue of open defecation. The event, which took place on Saturday, saw corps members donning vests branded with Hypo Toilet Cleaner logos, marching from the NYSC Secretariat at Agodi Gate through key areas in the city.
During the rally, the corps members actively campaigned against open defecation, emphasizing the significance of personal hygiene, advocating for households to have proper toilets, and discouraging indiscriminate waste disposal. Mr. Onanuga Ibrahim, the Corps Liaison Officer (CLO) for Ibadan North 1, expressed concern about the widespread practice of open defecation in the area, noting the lack of toilets in many homes and the sharing of facilities among residents.
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Mr. Ishola Jamiu, a corps member, highlighted the observed use of polythene nylon bags by individuals without toilets, who then dispose of them in inappropriate places.
Addressing the corps members, Mr. Buchi Maduka, the Area Marketing Manager for Hypo Toilet Cleaner in the South-West region, urged them to extend the campaign against open defecation to their various Places of Primary Assignment (PPA). Maduka acknowledged the high prevalence of open defecation in Oyo and the South-West States and outlined plans to eradicate the practice in Oyo while promoting safe hygiene practices.
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He assured the corps members that the sensitization efforts would continue in markets and schools. Maduka also highlighted the 'Toilet Rescue' program, where the company commits to building and renovating toilets identified by corps members.