FCT residents blame open defecation on lack of public toilets

FCT residents blame open defecation on lack of public toilets

ABUJA – Some FCT residents have urged the administration to provide public toilet
[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]facilities in strategic locations within the territory.
The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the provision of the facility would curb the menace.
A civil servant who was seen in the act, said a situation whereby the nation’s capital lacked public toilet facilities was worrisome.
He said: “My brother it is not my fault; what do you want me to do when I am pressed; I have been patient for over a long period of time without locating a convenient position to ease myself.
‘”To be candid, I am not comfortable with this act. I am a decent citizen who also desires a healthy and clean environment for others, but since there is no public toilet, I cannot help than to relieve myself.
Also commenting, Mrs Lucy Chris, a trader, observed that urinating in public places was a common habit among men in particular.
Chris, however, blamed it on the absence of public toilet facilities in the FCT, a situation she said gave pedestrians no other option than urinating anywhere they found “convenient”.
According to her the situation posed serious health hazard to the public.
“Besides not being convenient, it is an embarrassing situation for the country.
“It is a bad remark on Nigeria before the foreigners who are also using our roads.
‘’The only solution is for the FCT administration to make provision for public toilet facilities and this will go a long way to minimise the challenge of open defecation,’’ Chris said.
Mr Muhammed Yakubu, a resident, who expressed worry over the situation, noted that the stench at most bus stop points made passengers waiting to board vehicles uncomfortable.
“If you go to most of the bus stops, people have converted these places into public urinal because of the lack of public toilets.
‘”This can be a means to contract diseases from some other persons; I think this issue is getting out of hand; it should attract government’s attention.’’
NAN reports that the practice is common at bus-stops and public motor parks with heavy human traffic. (NAN)

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