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Abdulqudus Ogundapo, Ibadan
Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to prohibit open defecation, saying offenders would be convicted for three months or pay fine of N50,00.
The bill was passed six months after PLATFORM TIMES reported how residents of the state turned rivers, dump sites, bridge, highway and market areas to toilets.
With the passage of the bill, it is mandated on all house owners and companies in the state to make provision for toilets facilities.
The law reads partly, “where a company is proved to have committed an offence it shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N200,000. And any person or organization who organizes any event without making provision for mobile toilets, the person or organization shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N100,000”.
The law further empowers the Oyo State Government to seal premises, whether residential or commercial that flouts the law.
It also makes it mandatory for Oyo State Government to erect public and mobile toilets in strategic locations across the state.