Yendi (NR) N0V 9, GNA - The Yendi Municipal Assembly has launched its First Inter-Electoral Area Open Defecation Free League Table in Yendi Municipality in the Northern Region.
In September, 2010 the Revised Environmental Sanitation Policy came into effect and key Components of the Community Led- Total Sanitation (CLTS) was a process through which community members were inspired and empowered with technical skills to completely eliminate Open Detection and to improve WASH behaviours.
Under it, Communities were facilitated to conduct their own community self-appraisal and analysis of Open Detection (OD) practices so as to enable them to take their own pragmatic actions towards becoming Open Defecation Free (ODF).
CLTS focuses primarily on changing WASH behaviours, especially OD practice situation rather than construction of toilets.
Alhaji Hammed Abubakari Yussuf, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive launching it said when he assumed duty, he prioritised sanitation by ensuring that all the sanitation vehicles which were broken down were all repaired to improve on the poor sanitation in the area.
He said in 2016 Yendi Municipal Assembly was 17th on the Northern Regional Defecation League table, and now with the 2018 5th open Defecation League Table for the Region, Yendi placed 11th out of the 28 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
Alhaji Hammed Abubakari indicated that by December 2018 the Assembly would move to 8th position.
He said he had negotiated for the construction of institutional latrines in the Municipality and most of the educational institutions and warned that by June 2019, anybody caught on Open Defecation in any community would be prosecuted.
He therefore called on all the communities to construct household latrines.
Mr. Yahaya Mohammed Donaldson, the Yendi Municipal Environmental Health Officer said the Yendi Municipal Assembly had a population of 150,915, 16,990 houses, and 241 communities with 30 electoral areas with three Area councils.
He said the Assembly triggered at least 90 communities with CLTS concept geared towards the achievement of Open Defecation and out of the 90 communities, 84 were Open Defecation.
Mr. Nana Kobea Bonsu, UNICEF consultant said when they improve on sanitation both the children and their parents would live in a healthy environment.
He commended the Assembly, the District Facilitation Team for their good work and said the launching programme was a wake-up call in the competition of the inter-electoral area Open Defecation League Table of the area.
He said UNICEF would continue to support them technically and financially to help to promote the programme.
Mr Yakubu Sulemana the Regional Environment Health Director in an address read on his behalf called on all the assemblies to launch their inter-electoral area Open Defecation League Tables.
He appealed to the assembly members not to put pressure on MMDCEs to put up latrines where they were not needed and commended the Yendi Municipal Assembly for making efforts for the communities to have their household toilets.GNA