Defecating in public is now a punishable criminal offence — Oyo House of Assembly

On Tuesday, the Oyo State House of Assembly has declared that any resident of the state found guilty of defecating publicly and in any part of the State, will serve a one-week non-custodial punishment or N5,000 fine.

Oyo State House of Assembly further stated that any person who deposits faeces in public spaces commits an offence and is liable to punishment.

The Oyo State House of Assembly, Deputy Speaker, Honourable Muhammed Abiodun Fadeyi made this known to men of the media in Ibadan who claimed that the punishment attached to open defecation, is an outgrowth to a bill he promoted at the floor of the Assembly.

The Deputy Speaker who is a representative of Ona Ara State Constituency said that the bill entitled, “Oyo State Open Defecation prohibition bill 2020” when becomes law will forbid open defecation in any part of the state.

He added that any person who owns premises and such a premises lacks toilet facilities within three (3) months from the inception of the bill commits a crime and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 3 months or a fine of N50,000 or both.

Fadeyi also stated that he promoted the bill to prohibit open defecation and to guarantee a safe and hygienic environment for the state residents.

He said, “I have sponsored another bill, it is known as “Oyo State Open defecation prohibition bill 2020”.

This is a bill for a law to forbid public defecation in the State and for related reasons.

“We need to eradicate open defecation in the state. When becomes law, any person who defecates faeces in the open place commits an offence and is liable to a fine of N5,000 or non-custodial punishment for one week.

“Personally on my own, this bill which is being sponsored by me, it is a law that is going to curb open defecation in Oyo State. It is at the committee level, very soon we will do a public hearing on it.

“Any person who owns the premises shall make provision for toilet facilities on such premises.

“Any person who owns premises and refuses or fails to provide toilet facilities within 3 months from the commencement of this bill commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 3 months or a fine of N50,000 or both.”

Fadeyi speaking on his activities in the house since June 2019, defended that he has propelled valuable projects and has promoted bills that are meant for the improvement of the standard of living of residents of his constituency and the State at large

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