Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Kano State, Dr. Lamin Sani has described the honour being granted to the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the award of Kano reached the open defecation-free status state by the federal government as commendable.
The commissioner made the commendation during flag up of another distribution of sanitation materials to the 44 local government areas of the state held by at the ministry’s hall Wednesday.
Lamin Sani who spoke at length on the development through the director of water environment and sanitation hygiene department (WESH), Alhaji Yahaya Nuhu Amasaye said the move has boosted the ministry’s morale to add more effort to rid Kano of the menace of indiscriminate defecations from now to the official deadline of 2023.
He explained that eleven local government areas in the state have been validated and become open defecation-free areas noting that sixteen more local government areas will soon be screened and validated by the federal government to make the state meet the target.
The commissioner expressed appreciation for the development and attributed the success achieved to the support and commitment of the state government in the crusade against defecation on the roadside in the state.
The commissioner also said that Kano state government will not relent in this direction soliciting the support and co-operation of all and sundry with the set objective of following Katsina and Jigawa state’s status of open defecation free.
Sani commended the effort of the 44 local government heads of the water environment and sanitation hygiene department of enlightening the general public on the importance of using toilets at homes and other public places.
On his part, the chairman of the director personnel management forum Alhaji Auwalu Makama represented by the public relations officer of the forum, Alhaji Ali Sani Faragai congratulated the Kano state government for the award calling on the heads of the department in the 44 local government areas to use the materials provided for the purpose to which it was provided.
Earlier in her welcome address, the assistant deputy director of the WESH department in the ministry, Hajiya Umma Salihu assured that the materials provided will no doubt contribute to the creation of a good atmosphere in the environment and boost social interaction among people.
Other dignitaries that blessed the occasion include the director of Agric services of the ministry, Alhaji Ibrahim Lawan, deputy director of training, Alhaji Aminu Muktar as well as deputy director of inspection, Malan Ali Muhammad
The materials distributed include face masks and buckets of hand sanitizers among others.