Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has condoled with families of 12 persons who died in a ghastly road accident in Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of the state.
Buni, in a statement by his Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed in Damaturu, on Thursfay, described the incident as sad and unfortunate.
“It is with deep sorrow and regret that l received the shocking news of such huge loss of lives in one single accident.
“It is very sad and painful but we accept it as the will of Allah (SWT) who decreed it as their appointed time.
“On behalf of government and the people of Yobe , l condole with the families of the deceased persons and pray to Allah to admit them into Aljannatur Firdaus.
“We also pray to Allah to grant their families, friends and relations the fortitude to bear the sad loss of their loved ones,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor had directed the hospital authorities in the area to provide free treatment to those who sustained injuries in the accident.
Similarly, he directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Gujba Local Government Council to support the families of the deceased.
He, however, urged all road users to avoid speeding, observe traffic laws and maintain their vehicles so that road accidents could be minimised.
How open defecation fuels poliomyelitis, other infectious diseases in Nigeria —Experts
AS Nigeria battles to permanently eliminate poliomyelitis, findings have revealed that the persisting open defecation, which has been identified as the virus’ primary transmission source in the country, is a hindrance to the realisation of the objective.
UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, Monday Johnson, has asserted that polio, which is spread by person-to-person contact with the virus living in the throat and in the intestines, is contracted through contact with the faeces (fecal-oral spread) or by droplet spread in a sneeze or cough.
He said, “Polio can also be spread by an infected person who has contaminated food or fluids by touching or tasting them. Unfortunately, a person can be infectious and transmit the virus even before they develop any symptoms as it lives in an infected person’s throat and intestines.”
He also said polio can be spread if a person picks up minute pieces of faeces with hands, and touches the mouth and also objects like toys that are contaminated with faeces touches the mouth.
A top UNICEF official, Zaid Jurji, said, “The situation of sanitation in Nigeria is alarming. Nigeria is third worldwide when it comes to open defecation; one-third of the population practise it,” Jurji wondered why Nigeria, which he described a “heavyweight country” that is held in high regard globally, should still be entangled in this infamy.
“However, the number of people still defecating in the open remains high and the problem needs addressing, which is why countries, such as Nigeria, are tackling the issue head-on.
“Open defecation can harm and negatively affects the health of countries’ populations through the contamination of drinking water and the spread of contagious diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery,” Jurji said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently linked 12.6 million yearly deaths to unhealthy environments.
Also, the health body said diarrhoea accounts for nine per cent of the death of children under five years worldwide, which is essentially as a result of faecal-oral disease, where germs are ingested due to contact with infected faeces.
Official data shows that Nigeria loses over 150,000 children to diarrhoea yearly.
The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) revealed that the diarrhoea prevalence rate in Nigeria is 18.8 per cent and is one of the worst in sub-Sahara Africa, above the average of 16 per cent.
The body also said that diarrhoea accounts for over 16 per cent of child deaths in Nigeria and an estimated 150,000 deaths, mainly among children under five occur yearly, which is mainly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices.
Despite the high statistics regarding open defecation in Nigeria, the country is attempting to tackle the problem.
Nigeria has made progress toward improving sanitation through its ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ campaign.
This national campaign aims to completely rid the country of open defecation by 2025 through the encouragement of hygiene behaviour in 47 million Nigerians.
Parts of Nigeria, such as the Cross River State in the South-Eastern region have made progress within the country after becoming the first open defecation-free local government area.
We’ve left all to God – Deborah Yakubu’s parents speak on her murder
Emmanuel Garba, father of late Deborah Samuel, says his family has taken her death as an act of God.
Deborah, who was killed over alleged blasphemy in Sokoto, was laid to rest on Saturday in her hometown in Tunga Magajiya, Rijau LGA of Niger state.
In an interview with Daily Post, Garba said his family is saddened by Deborah’s killing, but added that nothing can be done about the situation.
Garba also narrated how he paid N120,000 to convey his daughter’s corpse from Sokoto to Niger after convincing the Sokoto state government to allow him to bury his child.
“We can’t say or do anything, except to take it easy as an act of God. We have left all to God, we have decided to take it like that,” Garba said.
“I personally went and brought back the body of my daughter to enable me to bury my own child. This is because keeping her in the morgue will not return her back.
“When I got there, I met government officials and made them understand the need to allow me take her back home and they agreed with me. When we got to the morgue, those in charge asked me to sign the necessary documents and I did. They released the corpse to me.
“I personally, paid the sum of N120,000 to the driver out of many that refused to convey her back home and it is because of the condition of the remains. Most drivers we approached all refused except one.
“The government wanted me to leave the remains, when they called me, I said no, they should allow me to please, bury my daughter.”
Alheri Emmanuel, the mother of the deceased, said Deborah was the second out of seven children.
“I have nothing to say, I am grateful to God and for your efforts. I have given God my heart and may God strengthen me. We have nothing to say,” Alheri said.
“Because of what happened to me, I will no longer send my children to schools where so much money is involved. Because of her education, the education of some of her siblings suffered as it is so difficult to care for them all at the same time. And, now things are difficult for us.”