The Lagos State Government on Tuesday engaged toilet operators across the state on the need to continually promote healthy sanitation practices in toilet management towards reducing open defecation to the barest minimum.
Speaking at the maiden edition of a One- day training workshop with the theme “Best Practices in Public Toilet Management” held at the JJT Park, Secretariat, Alausa, the director of Sanitation Services, Dr Hassan Sanuth Ikeja reiterated that the State Government is determined to eradicate the menace of open defecation by 2025.
He said the state government has four cardinal points of operation which include Advocacy; Regularization and standardization; Bridging the gap and Monitoring, Evaluation & Enforcement adding that the workshop comes under Regularization and standardization.
He said the government in collaboration with A- Mobile Group Academy is determined to achieve zero tolerance regulation for open defecation and urination and that is the reason the training became imperative for all public toilet operators across the state.
According to him, in order to become successful in rendering services, learning new things must be a way of life and mastery of the business brings Excellence.
He said the government inaugurated an Anti- open defecation Squad some years back, according to the environmental laws of the state for non- complying members of the public and as such toilet operators must adhere to proper toilet management to avoid any form of sanctions from the government.
He charged the toilet operators to always ensure proper handling of the toilets as this would help reduce government and individual expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other economic uses.
The facilitator and Chief Operating Officer, A- Mobile Group Academy Mrs. Damilola Oloruntade in a lecture titled “Best Practices in Toilet Management” explained that toilet operators must collaborate with the government in order to curb open defecation menace by building the toilet in a accessible location, employ trained staff, use appropriate tools, as well as employ legal waste disposal process amongst others.
She said public toilet operators in order to achieve best practices in toilet management must be properly trained by approved body and also follow laid down rules by the government always.
DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MOE&WR
19TH JULY, 2022.