Director- General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, yesterday called on the FCT Administration to partner with the private sector in the provision of public conveniences across the territory to promote healthy living.
He made the call in Abuja on the occasion of 'Honours Day' for youths doing the right thing in transforming communities, organised by the FCT Directorate of NOA in collaboration with UNICEF 'C' Field Office, Kaduna.
Omeri, who decried a situation where people urinate and defecate indiscriminately whenever pressed, said the provisions of public toilets in the city centre and FCT satellite towns will go a long way in enhancing cleanliness in line with the agency's initiative of "Do the Right Thing".
Earlier, FCT Director of NOA, Mr Moses Disa Aba, said the Honours Day was held to recognise and reward communities as well as community leaders that performed well in imbibing the culture of sanitation/cleanliness initiative introduced by FCT NOA in 27 communities.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of communities' compliance with the key best household practices, especially in the areas of environmental sanitation, building of private/public toilets, the use of treated nets, immunisation of children and use of oral rehydration therapy (ORT), among others.
According to him, many of the communities who hitherto practiced open defecation before the agency took the initiative across to them through the "Youths as Agents of Change" programme, have now imbibed the culture of cleanliness.
Zhiko community in Bwari Area Council got the first prize for sanitation/cleanliness, while other communities such as Guiyi, Guita, Takushara and Dnako received second and third prizes for their high levels of compliance with the household practices.
Responding, the youth leader from Zhiko, Emmanuel Joseph, thanked NOA for the prize and promised that youths in the community will do more to promote cleanliness in the area.