Ekiti State government has vowed to seal off houses without toilet facilities, saying such situation could trigger epidemic outbreaks in the state.
The deputy governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi ,stated this at the weekend while monitoring the February edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise held in Gbonyin local government area of the state.
He expressed dismay that many houses in the town lacked toilet facilities urging the landlords to provide same to prevent the spread of diseases to avoid being prosecuted in the future.
Describing lack of toilet facilities ,loitering and carrying out commercial activities during sanitation hours as serious offences, Egbeyemi said such offences are punishable under the sanitation law.
A statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, explained that the state government decided not to run the environmental sanitation mobile court for February edition of the environmental sanitation promising that the court would back next month to try sanitation offenders.
Egbeyemi counselled the youths to always stay in their houses and clean their surroundings during sanitation hours after which they could come out and be engaged in their lawful businesses and activities.
Egbeyemi said: “Our people should know that the hours of seven and ten every last Saturday of the month is for cleanliness of our surroundings and it is a civic obligation that everybody must perform.
“Our problem is with these okada riders and we dealt with many of them today but nobody was taken to mobile court but next month, anybody caught will be taken to mobile court.
“Besides, every house must have a toilet, open defecation is unacceptable in Ekiti because it may bring about epidemic and government wants every house owner to provide toilet facilities.”
At Ode Ekiti, headquarters of the council, the deputy governor commended the people of the area for their mass participation in the exercise.