Jos - The Plateau Government has warned that any landlords who failed to provide toilets in their houses would be prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Sarah Yusuf, issued the warning on Tuesday while on a visit to the Namu Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp as part of activities to mark World Toilet Day.
Yusuf said that the state government will no longer tolerate a situation where people went outside their houses to defecate due to the lack of toilets in their houses.
Stressing that ``health is wealth'', she said that the issue of sanitation could not be toyed with, especially with the increasing rate of population growth.
“We want to send a warning signal to all landlords who have no toilets in their houses to begin to build them before the wrath of the authorities catch up with them.”
“No matter the clean water a community enjoys, as long as some people within the community defecate outside, the water can be contaminated by flies.”
She said the ministry, in conjunction with that of health, would send out inspectors across the state, to ensure that defaulting landlords were dealt with.
Yusuf further advised those who did not have such facility to start building theirs immediately, before the arrival of the inspectors.
She further warned that defaulters would be handed over to the authorities for prosecution.