By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of its preventive measures, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it has concluded plans to rehabilitate over 500 toilets and other projects in schools and communities within the six Area Councils.
This move was revealed when a committee was inaugurated by the Area Councils Service Secretariat (ACSS) to ascertain the necessary actions required.
According to the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola who inaugurated the committee, there was need to rehabilitate the toilets and solar powered boreholes to prevent the spread of Cholera and other diseases.
Adesola noted that many of these projects were executed by the administration in collaboration with Development partners, but were however vandalised up to 90 percent.
Charging members of the committee to be diligently in the assignment, in line with the terms of reference, he assured that the administration was working to ameliorate deplorable state of affairs in schools and communities.
“A recent survey carried out in some communities of the FCT by ACSS, in line with its mandate shows that the 4-compartment toilet facilities and the solar powered boreholes are in a complete state of dilapidation, while over 90% have been vandalised.
“ It has become imperative to rehabilitate these boreholes in the FCT schools which will boost the FCT efforts in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic by providing portable water for hand washing and functional toilets in the schools”, he said.
Also speaking, the Acting secretary of ACSS, Omolola Olanipekun said the projects important, as they would also help in the efforts to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
She noted that the Secretariat undertook the survey considering the impact which the absence of functional toilets and portable water will make on the communities.