In a bid to address the issue of open defecation in Nigeria and combat infectious diseases, TotalEnergies Upstream Nigeria Limited has initiated the construction of hygiene and sanitation projects across the six geo-political zones in the country,leadership reports.
The Managing Director/CEO and Country Chair of TotalEnergies, Mr. Matthieu Bouyer, revealed this development during the commissioning and handover ceremony of a 10-Unit Solar Powered Hygiene and Sanitary facility at Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo, Enugu State.
Represented by the Acting General Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tonye Osifo, Bouyer emphasized the crucial role of preventive healthcare in addressing health challenges posed by infectious diseases. He pointed out that recent events like the Ebola outbreak and the Covid-19 pandemic underscore the importance of basic hygiene practices, such as handwashing and maintaining a sanitary environment, in protecting the population from infectious diseases. He confirmed that it was their intention to extend this vital hygiene and sanitation project to all six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
During the event, a representative delivered a speech on behalf of the Chairman of the Nigeria Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority Board, Dr. Almajiri Geidam. Dr. Geidam explained that the project, comprising ten units of toilets and additional features like a borehole with a perimeter fence, represents the initiative for the Southeast. He highlighted that the Nigeria Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority oversees an area with overlapping maritime boundary claims by Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.