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Ikpeazu Moves To Criminalise Open Defecation In Abia State

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has set the ball rolling to make it illegal for the citizenry to engage in open defecation.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onyebuchi Ememanka, released a statement that highlighted the things the governor seeks to achieve with the new laws.

The release partly reads, “He appealed to development partners to continue to rise to the support of the State.

“Presenting the Abia State Water Bill, the Secretary to the Abia State government and Chairman, Steering Committee on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Barr. Chris Ezem described the signing of the Bill into Law as a milestone. He disclosed that the State has continued to partner USAID E-WASH over time, adding that, the partnerships are increasing with new projects such as rehabilitating the Ariaria and Ubakala Water Schemes as well as deliver ICT equipment in the water sector. Barr. Ezem said that signing the Water Bill into Law will facilitate those projects and bring other benefits to the State.

“In their remarks earlier, the acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Utilities, Engr. Friday Chika and the General Manager, Abia State Water Board, Engr. Leo Ogbonna said signing of the bill is the beginning of good things in the State as it will reduce mortality rate as a result of water borne diseases in the State. They thanked the Governor for his efforts in ensuring that the bill is finally signed into law and assured that they will live up to expectations.

“Deputy Governor Sir Ude Oko Chukwu and some members of the State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries and other top government officials were present at the event.”

Source: www.NaijaOnPoint.com.ng

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