Quite common in Lagos are road urchins positioned just about in every single place on main roads. Instantly a car breaks down, some unscrupulous and suspicious parts encompass the damaged down automotive proprietor who is likely to be busy making an attempt to repair it or making makes an attempt to get a repairman. One will see these hooligans showing one after the other till they type a ‘group’ with uniform mission and goal. These thugs shamelessly and confidently demand cash from the car proprietor on the precise place the place the car breaks down. Regardless of how abandoned that highway is, with no pedestrian or passer-by besides shifting autos, they may nonetheless present up from nowhere. It’s as if they’re strategically positioned and scattered throughout.
The unsuspecting automotive proprietor could also be dispossessed of his belongings as soon as these louts see he isn’t able to wilfully give them cash for the house his damaged down automotive occupies by the roadside. They declare they’re entitled to it for securing the world as ‘space fathers’. These space thugs could quantity as much as 10 and the longer one stays, the upper the chance of being waylaid or attacked. For a wise and clever particular person, the aspect home windows of his automotive ought to be wound up, his telephones and different private belongings have to be saved in a secure place so long as these miscreants are nonetheless round.
It’s these hoodlums who’re all the time on standby to benefit from any disagreement between two events at open locations. They’re all the time trying ahead to violence-erupting conditions to trigger pandemonium. They might hijack any potentially-explosive misunderstanding between completely different tribes, religions, events or curiosity teams to make it degenerate into chaos. These ‘standby hoodlums’ are all the time busy inflicting riot with a purpose to loot retailers and steal from harmless individuals. These thugs have made some areas in Lagos to be labelled as infamous and unsafe to move at night time at occasions.
A strict panacea for nipping open defecation within the bud is to prosecute homeowners of personal, company or public buildings with out bogs and water services
Not too way back, Lagos Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, by way of his convoy, arrested some freeway robbers who specialise in prison actions in site visitors. They had been nabbed at Ojota space of Lagos State and later arraigned earlier than a Justice of the Peace courtroom to function deterrence to others who bask in such acts. These criminals make journey experiences woeful for vacationers caught in site visitors. It’s only a query of time; Lagos could be a secure haven for all, provided that each resident stays law-abiding and cooperates with safety businesses. Everybody would have their thoughts at relaxation when they’re in busy areas at night time or throughout the day as town turns into safer and peaceable when criminals are absolutely handled.
Along with what may additionally name for fear and concern to many Lagosians is the outbreak of a illness that seems to have killed extra individuals in Nigeria than COVID-19. Some states in Nigeria are already grappling with the outbreak of cholera. With a whole bunch lifeless and plenty of contaminated, we can not afford to lose guard with regards to hygiene and sanitation given the character of the illness. Cholera is a water-borne illness and could be contracted from polluted water which will outcome from open defecation. Why then ought to preventable illnesses be allowed to wreak havoc? We could all be taking part in the ostrich if we fold arms doing nothing about open defecation and simply wishing cholera, a preventable illness, away.
Defecating overtly has well being, financial and social impacts on the defecator and folks round as properly as a result of the illnesses that outcome from such act are able to infecting those that inhale the stench that oozes out of the excreta. Even on this period, the place cell bogs are seen just about at busy bus stops in Lagos, it turns into worrisome and disturbing that folks nonetheless defecate overtly.
One main reason behind open defecation in Lagos is absence of bogs in some homes, purchasing complexes, locations of worship, gasoline stations, eating places and markets. Different public locations the place shopping for, promoting and plenty of important companies are being rendered which do not need practical bogs additionally contribute to open defecation. In truth, most bogs round main locations usually are not clear or prepared for standby use. Only some bogs are clear and practical in most busy non-residential areas.
The lately created Lagos State particular activity power, Anti-Open Defecation Gang, has lots to do in arresting and prosecuting defaulters who defecate overtly to function deterrence to others. Different involved businesses beneath the purview of the Ministry of Surroundings and Water Sources are additionally not neglected within the combat in opposition to this shameful and unhealthy act.
A strict panacea for nipping open defecation within the bud is to prosecute homeowners of personal, company or public buildings with out bogs and water services. Authorities must also not approve any plan for constructing, whether or not personal or enterprise, with out rest room services, as this may function one other good measure to fight open defecation.
Those that function public locations with rest room services that aren’t correctly maintained ought to be sanctioned appropriately. Similar sanction ought to apply to non-public or public constructing homeowners with bogs however no operating water. A really perfect and correct place for defecation ought to be hygienic and properly lined.
Sustaining a great sanitation way of life ought to be one of many attitudinal adjustments all of us should imbibe to be free from the chance of contracting infectious illnesses. Steady consciousness and sensitization on risks of open defecation ought to be intensified on all media platforms.
Seeing faeces in and round uncompleted or deserted buildings which can be positioned on main roadside and even on the streets isn’t new as a result of passers-by simply make themselves snug urinating or defecating there.
Uncompleted buildings and deserted buildings half-built, with pending courtroom circumstances over possession tussle have to be shortly resolved. The judicial arm of the federal government ought to see to expediting supply of judgments on these circumstances. These deserted buildings don’t solely function simple locations for defecation, they’re hideouts for road urchins to hold out their prison actions.
One other main motive most open locations in residential areas are plagued by human faeces is because of lack of water prompted primarily by irregular energy provide in these neighborhoods. Residents of these areas resort to defecating in open locations as soon as they’ve tissue paper with them.
Open defecation is just not solely prominently dominant in areas and locations closely occupied by markets and retailers, but additionally at automotive parks and garages the place loading of passengers takes place. Some garages have bogs however they aren’t match to be used as a result of customers mess them up and nobody does the cleansing repeatedly.
Dwellers of hinterlands and distant areas are vulnerable to being attacked by illnesses that accompany publicity to human faeces left in open locations. Lives will probably be protected as lethal and infectious illnesses, similar to cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and typhoid will probably be saved at bay if each constructing, personal or public, has practical bogs with operating water.
For our thoughts and soul to be at relaxation and the physique in wholesome type, a particular mechanism to checkmate the rising threats of those menaces should shortly come on board. Peace and sound well being could be assured if miscreants and open defecation are ridden off in Lagos.
Ojewale is of the Public Affairs and Enlightenment Division of LASTMA