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Cholera: FCTA to rehabilitate over 500 toilets, boreholes

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday announced plans to rehabilitate over 500 toilets and other projects in schools and communities across the six Area Councils.

This information was revealed on Friday when the Area Councils Service Secretariat (ACSS) inaugurate a committee to determine the appropriate actions.

The committee was inaugurated by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, who noted that the toilets and solar-powered boreholes needed to be rehabilitated to prevent the spread of Cholera and other infections.

He stated that many of these initiatives were carried out by the administration in partnership with development partners, but that up to 90% of them had been vandalized.

While urging members of the committee to be diligent in their work in accordance with the terms of reference, he informed them that the administration was trying to improve the dreadful situation in schools and communities.

His words: “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 potable water for handwashing and functional toilets in the schools…,” he said.

Also speaking, the Acting Secretary of ACSS, Omolola Olanipekun said the projects are important, as they would also help in the efforts to combat the 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.

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