Open Defecation: Makinde Commissions Public Conveniences Donated to Ibadan Poly by Lanre Sarumi Foundation

Sequel to the zero tolerance for open defecation policy of the Executive Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi makinde; the Peoples Democratic party Ibadan North Federal Constituency, House of Representatives candidate at the just concluded general elections, Hon Lanre Sarumi (Skiddo) has donated a water bole-hole and a public conveniences facility to The Polytechnic, Ibadan to put an end to open defecation on the campus.

The commissioning exercise was held at the premises of the Ibadan Polytechnic, to eradicate open defecation within the students community.

While addressing newsmen at the commissioning of the project, Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Abiodun Oni who represented Governor ‘Seyi Makinde commended the facilitator and the donor of the project for meeting the needs and impacting the lives of the student and also complementing the effort of government in her bid to end open defecation in the state.

He called on the affluent and the well meaning people of Oyo State to keep supporting the government in identifying the needs of the people.

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“This is very impressive, it is a laudable project by an individual.

“Forget that Hon Lanre Sarumi is a politician, this came from a need that was put to him by students of polytechnic and he understands that it is needed to build-up something that is standard like this, I think it is very impressive.

“It goes with the reading of the open defecation that government is following through and working towards.

“It is very important that this project is well used, and the maintenance is key as well and we have been promised that it will be meaningfully utilised as the maintenance is of paramount importance for its sustainability”, he added.

In his address, the facilitator and the donor of the project, Hon Lanre Sarumi explained the reason behind building the toilet and the borehole facility for the students.

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Hon Sarumi said, he discovered that the institution lacked a standard toilet facility for the use of the students and he decided to build a standard public convenience for them.

He called on the students to make sure they use and maintain the facility properly in order to attract more support from the government and the affluent in the state.

“We do not do project because we can afford to do it.

“We embark on a project that will essentially meet the needs of this students community.

“Some students reached out to us over a year ago on how to come to their aid by building a public convenience for them.

“They explained the circumstances at that time, they said students will be in school will be unable to ease themselves especially female students.

“They had issues with snake bitting, molestation, female students will need someone to escort them to the bush to ease themselves.

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“It was then I told myself that I have to come to their aid meeting their needs and by God’s grace today, I have fulfilled my promise to them.

“I am grateful to God that the project is being commissioned today.

“The whole idea of contesting for Ibadan North Federal Representative in the first place is to be able to reach out to the needs of others, to make our own impact in the lives of our people, community and our society at large,” he added.

In his remark, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Ibadan who was represented by the Dean of Environmental Department, Mrs Olusola Elegbede commended Hon Lanre Sarumi for building the public conveniences for the students and promised to maintain and make good use of the facility.


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