The Kano State Government has declared a state of emergency on water, sanitation, and hygiene in order to eliminate open defecation, according to the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Kabiru Getso.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, made the declaration at the launch of the “Keep Kano Clean” campaign on Saturday, according to a statement signed by Mr. Sanusi Kofarnaisa, the ministry’s public relations officer, which was released on Sunday.
According to the statement, the Governor has directed the state Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, as well as other relevant agencies, to develop a road map to end the phenomenon.
According to the statement, “The state has also spent more than N20 million for the procurement of sanitation equipment for distribution to 100 self-help groups in the State.”
“The items included wheel-barrows, shovels, rakes, diggers, cutlasses, personal protective equipment like nose masks, hand gloves and rain boots, to protect the people participating in the sanitation exercise.”
Furthermore, according to the statement, the commissioner had warned the public against indiscriminately dumping trash in waterways.
Similarly, he urged people to work together to help the government keep Kano clean and free of the effects of flooding and other environmental challenges.
On Saturday, June 19, Governor Ganduje launched a week-long campaign to keep Kano clean, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The “Keep Kano Clean 2021” campaign is an annual project of the Ganduje administration that is usually launched shortly before the rainy season.
The exercise included a number of activities such as raising awareness about community participation in environmental hygiene and clearing drains across the state.