December 2, 2020

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Harpic refurbishes 25 toilets in Lagos

eckitt Benckiser (RB), maker of Harpic toilet cleaner, has partnered the Lagos State government to upgrade and refurbish 25 toilets in four communities.

The gesture is part of a long-standing partnership to tackle open defecation. Twenty-five toilets were refurbished in Ojota, Oshodi, Costain and Alausa. The toilets will be manned by 32 managers to be paid by RB, which will also provide other cleaning materials for the facilities.

At the official opening of the toilet in Ojota, General Manager of RB West Africa Dayanand Sriram, said the Harpic brand is committed to changing the stories surrounding open defecation and sanitation in Lagos and Nigeria in general.

According to him, the brand is interested in tackling open defecation to ensure healthier and happier life in Nigeria.

He said: “The Harpic toilet refurbishment project will result in big positive attitudinal change, which will impact the lives of the people and the environment. Our immediate priority is to change consumer behaviour for a healthy environment.

“We want every Nigerian to use clean and safe toilets. This is possible only if we all join hands to work towards this goal. Open defecation is not only dehumanising, but also an abuse of human rights. Harpic wants this abuse of the environment and human rights to end.

“This is why we partnered the government to lead the end-open-defecation campaign in the state.”

In 2016, Harpic refurbished 12 toilets in Apapa.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, in his welcome address, praised Harpic for its continued support in ensuring a hygienic and healthy environment.

Bamgboye noted that the donation of public toilets was another step in the right direction. He encouraged greater partnership with the private and public sector to further boost the people’s welfare.

Marketing Director Aliza Leferink said the Harpic open defecation elimination programme is targeted to reach over 1 million homes in 16 cities, to educate and encourage people to use clean toilets regularly.

She added that using clean toilets will prevent diseases, even as she requested for societal support towards a behavioural change to tackle open defecation in the state.

Leferink urged the beneficiaries to maintain and utilise the facility properly.

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