In a bid to stop open defecation in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), its newly constituted Environmental Sanitation Marshal has threaten to arrest any land lord who defaults to provide at least a pit toilet in their homes and properties for tenants in Gwagwa community.
Speaking through its National Community Ethics and Values committee, the group emphasised that the least land lords can do was a pit toilet for tenants and even in homes.
Speaking during a sensitization programme in Gwagwa community recently, the Deputy Head of Operation for the community, Ojoma Kenneth noted that many compounds in the area do not have bathrooms and toilets.
Kenneth explained that what many landlords in the community do is to channel their toilet wastes into the Gwagwa River, which he noted exposes other resident to various disease infections.
He also warned residents of the area who are in habit of throwing refuse into the open gutters, especially during the rains, to desist from such acts or will be arrested and prosecuted.
“We are pleading with residents of Gwagwa to keep their environment clean. We are also telling them that we have to make Gwagwa clean and to maintain good health for residents, because where there is no dirt, there is always good health.”