Ekiti leads Nigeria in residents who defecate openly – Report

Ekiti State has the highest number of residents, among Nigerian states, who defecate openly, two agencies have said.

The United Nations Children’s Fund and the European Union state that two in three Ekiti residents engage in open defecation.

This is contained in a report jointly presented by the organizations at a two-day media networking and alliance building workshop on Water Sanitation and Hygiene held at Ijero Ekiti.

The programme, which ended on Saturday, was sponsored by both foreign organisations; and also featured Open Defecation Free, ODF, campaign.

The report stated that of the state’s 2.7million population, 1.8million engage in the unhygienic practice. It said the Ekiti figure represents 60.8% of Nigerians who defecate openly.

The organisations said over 2.5 billion people lacked access to improved sanitation globally, out of which one billion were engaging in open defecation.

The UNICEF/EU delegation, led by Mohsena Islam, a Water Sanitation and Hygiene specialist from UNICEF, had earlier embarked on a field trip with Ekiti Media WASH group to Asasa and Temidire Olojofi farm settlements in Aramoko Ekiti, to assess compliance with the campaign against open defecation.

Mr. Mohsena disclosed that several achievements had been recorded through UNICEF/EU WASH programme in Ekiti, using Gbonyin and Ekiti West as pilot councils in advocacy for open defecation Free and WASH.

“In Ekiti , an estimated number of 180,000 people are gaining access to good source of water through provision of hand pump boreholes,” he said.

” In the same way, 29,582 people in Ekiti have gained access to safe water through rehabilitation of 65 hand pumps in Gbonyin. 965 pupils from four schools now have access to child and gender friendly water supply.

“We have also brought improvement to 250 towns and communities in ODF by providing ten toilets per public. We have also provided technical supports in 313 communities, for them to know various ways to build and take ownership of low cost latrines and how to repair them in case of damage.

“Stakeholders would continue to step up sensitization and advocacy in rural areas on the need to key into the total eradication of open defecation , to forestall breakout of diseases.”

The Coordinator of Community Led Total Sanitation, CLTS, in Gbonyin, Kayode Eleso, said many residents were arrested and prosecuted for engaging in open defecation, particularly in Ado Ekiti metropolis; while efforts, were also on to compel every household to have toilets.

He regretted that low manpower in the sector was responsible for the noticeable inefficiency of his officers , saying records show that no staff had been recruited since Ekiti was created on October 1, 1996.

Lanre Ayeni, a CLTS facilitator and staff of Rural Water Sanitation Agency in Ekiti ,said in her presentation that 748 million of the global population, lack access to hygienic water supply .

She said it was so regrettable that 1.8 billion people still use contaminated sources of water, which she said has caused a lot of damage to their health and body systems.

“Advocacy for open defecation free in Ekiti and good water sanitation is yielding results. Enforcement in the past by CLTS coordinators had failed .

“What we now use is persuasion and people are gradually changing their perception about this concept.”


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  • Maria

    Fayose is an advocate of open defecation…that nonentity is a bad news.

    • Maverick

      Your R0man Cath0lic priests are bad news Christianity. Sodomites and child molesters.

      • Maria

        May God forgive you…

        • Maverick

          I am already forgiven. Telling you the Truth doesn’t require forgiveness.

    • McDavid Samuel

      They do defecate in Lagos like crazy, guess is more of people’s orientation than govt,
      I don’t know how they arrive at the stats but Fayose is sure not in Lagos

  • Maverick

    I’m not surprised as long as Yorobas comfortably defecate in their shops.

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      You reek of tribalism! Get a life so tribalism doesnt kill you. I am still looking for anyone who had a good life hating another tribe. But if it helps you to get your groove, pls continue hating.

      • Maverick

        It is not tribal hatred. I have nothing against Yorobas. I see them defecate in shops, some inside polyethene bags, others into chamber pots popularly called PO.

        • De Saint Michael

          Don’t be tribalistic about this, it’s everywhere. I was in Afikpo, Abakaliki, same thing in 9th mile Enugu. people defecates outside despite having toilets…..so, what do we call that, culture or illiteracy?

        • Emmanuel Maluba

          Congratulations, Bro!

      • Bo Biz

        @Emmanuel Maluba,what is tribalistic about the fact that majority of Yorubas defecate in the open spaces,some in their rooms ,and shops? I spent about 6 months at AKURE during my national service,and saw adults and children defecating right,left and center in the open every day of my stay there.Our neighbour and his family defecate inside plastic bags in their rooms and threw them outside early in the morning.
        At IWO,Osun Osun state,I witnessed my colleague’s mother defecating in her sitting room,and continuing feeding her grandson without washing her hands or throwing away the faeces.

        • Emmanuel Maluba

          Since you have seen majority of Yorubas doing that and you come from a tribe of people who are too good for this earth, I say a big CONGRATULATION to you!!!!!! Your trophy is on the way. Hope that makes you happy?

  • Remi

    I hope Mr Fayose will look homewards and tackle this “shitting” malaise among his people and stop playing to the gallery as the chief critic of PMB. He cannot continue to use criticizing of PMB to cover his serious inadequacies at home. He should keep his mouth shut and face serious business of governance. He was not “rigged in” to criticize PMB or where was he when GEJ and his “disciples” were stealing the country broke was the raw material for his criticism out of stock?

  • Sunday OGUNKANMI

    These are ‘small businesses’ Mr Motormouth, Thugnor Fayose could not attend to under his nose, yet he could make noise every hour speaking on Buhari. A people get the kind of governor they deserve.

  • Romberg

    I know the cheapest opinion in this is to politicise it – Fayose is always going to be the easy target. Those who love the truth know that the culture of Open Defeacation did not start with Fayose. It’s appalling if the same methodology used for Ekiti does not prove that Ondo, Osun, Lagos and Oyo are not worse than Ekiti. The population of homeless people and ghetto dwellers in Lagos are more than double the size of Ekiti. Even more worrying, are the Hausas more hygienic than anyone else in the world? Wonders won’t end!

    • Bo Biz

      @Romberg,Is open defecation not a yoruba culture?

    • Dipo

      Yes, this problem has been there before Fayose regime, this is a fact, just as the economy problem facing the nation was there before PMB. The big question is this, why is Fayose fails to reason this out? Whenever he criticises the ruling govt, he should have it at the back of his mind that what PDP had messed up with in the past 16 years are just manifesting, to fix it; it will take a while.

      • Enoch7th

        Gold fish they say, has no hiding place. Past governments were amply criticized and sometimes over-criticized, especially from 1999. Why should the PMB-led government fare differently when it has not done any better than those past governments thus far? The incumbent President and most of his present co-travelers were and still are virulent critics of GEJ’s past Administration,and bitterly and at times unreasonably so! How about that? So what did you expect? That what is good for the goose will not be good for the gander? That’s being unrealistic!

  • JasV

    What do you expect from a state that has the most shitty mouthed governor in Africa south of the sahara. I doubt if he even knows what is called chewing stick not to talk of tooth brush.

  • ’70

    Ha ha ha… Someone should print and put this article in Faye’s face. Maybe he’ll shut up and go to work!

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  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Wow, is Fayose going to shut up out of disgrace? He allowed his state to be a feces clad? Blessed are Fayose’s feces makers for theirs is the kingdom of stomach infrastructure.

  • Arewabetter

    Where is governor Fayose? I hope he will also loudly blow whistle about this shameless act and fact, which the whole world now knows about. Fayose and other governors should be made to understand that hygienic sanitation facilities are crucial
    for public health. Poor sanitation is linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio. Open defecation perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty. The countries where open defection is most widespread have the highest number of deaths of under-5s as well as the highest levels of malnutrition and poverty, and big disparities of wealth. There are many benefits of improving sanitation, including a) reducing the spread of intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and trachoma, which are neglected tropical diseases that cause suffering for millions; b) reducing the severity and impact of malnutrition; c) promoting dignity and boosting safety, particularly among women and girls; d) promoting school attendance: girls’ school attendance is particularly boosted by the provision of separate sanitary facilities; e) potential recovery of water, renewable energy and nutrients from faecal waste.

  • Action Group

    Shame to Ayodele Fayose for allowing this to exist in his state,so he has this environmental problem living with him that he cannot tackle but goes about blabbing and bragging.He should simply cover his face in shame and declare a state of emergency to stop this crude and archaic way of human waste disposition,or is he saying that Ekiti farmers should use faeces as manure when fertilizers are readily available?