As parts of efforts to help tackle open defecation through an improved hygiene and sanitation system, a leading gaming operator, 22Bet Nigeria has donated boreholes and modern toilet facilities across major markets in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city.
The latest effort which forms parts of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the firm saw the donation and presentation of the facilities done at Ojoo Meat market/Ojoo Lagos Park on Tuesday, and at the Bodija Market/Iwo Park Garage on Wednesday.
The four days donation and commissioning spree saw the firm donating borehole water facilities at Agbowo Park/UI student Residential Area on Thursday and Apete Market close to Apete Garage (Poly Ibadan students area) on Friday.
Brand new generators were also presented to the market leaders to aid powering pumping water from the boreholes when the need arises.
In a brief remarks before commissioning the project, the Director General, Oyo State Gaming Board, Olajide Boladuro commended the firm for the donations saying it keyed into the vision of the state government in promoting hygiene and sanitation across the state.
He called on other operators, corporate organisations among others to emulate the effort of the 22Bet Nigeria in impacting on the people, noting that government alone cannot address or met all the needs of the residents across all sector.
Boladuro said “Oyo state Gaming Board is an agency of government that licenses operators who are into the business of gaming and lottery in the state and 22Bet is one of those operators that has our license to operate in the state.
“But, they have been different in the ways they run their business especially in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility to their host communities in the state. They have done a lot and this is not their first time they are doing boreholes and renovating toilets across our markets in the capital city and that I have commissioned too.
“This year we have done in markets in Moniya-Akinyele area, and even Gbagi market and they continue to do it. When they approached us that they wanted to give back to the society, we welcome the development because the government alone cannot always do everything.
“So, as a form of support, they have come very well to do things like this for the people in the community and it is very laudable and commendable.”
Speaking on the significant and choice of market, the Oyo Gaming Board boss said it’s a good way to help address menace of open defecation. He appealed to the traders and beneficiaries of the facilities to make judicious use as a way of encouraging donors while also imbibing maintenance culture which has always been a challenge across the country for years.
“Their choice of market is very significant because of the importance of the environment and sanitation of the community, so they had identified markets that are having water and sanitary challenges as far as toilets and other things are concerned. So they did the needful in that wise. For us, facilitating such projects in markets is very significant.
“We want to use this medium to reach out to all other operators and corporate organisations that are licensed by the Oyo State Gaming Board to follow suit because, the government alone cannot do everything but if people come around to support in bits, then everything will become significant all across the state and everyone will see the significant of CSR efforts across the state. I implore all other operators to take a cue from this.
“One of the things this administration is promoting is the discouragement of open defecation and if there are public toilets in places like parks, garages, markets among other public places, it will help in reducing the menace of open defecation across the state and that is one of the reasons we are proud to associate with the company especially with the renovation of public toilets in these markets and parks.
“Like I was told the market leaders, one thing we always have challenges with as a nation is the issue of maintenance of public facilities. The maintenance culture has to be inculcated. The firm that donated the facilities has done well with their effort by even supplying sanitary items that can be used to keep the facility clean. We beg them to continue to uphold a strict maintenance culture.”
Head of Marketing, West Africa, Babalola Oladapo said the firm saw the need to commit to giving back to the society as a way of supporting government efforts at promoting healthy environment.
He assured the people that more markets will still be covered in the initiative, noting that it is just a matter of time.
Babalola said “As we all know, sanitation and hygiene is very important and just as the government is putting efforts to promote sanitation and hygiene , especially in the markets, we as a corporate organisation also saw the need to work hand-in-hand with the government to be able to support the effort by promoting good sanitation and hygiene in our markets with the borehole and toilet facilities initiatives.
“We intend to continue to assist the government with our own little effort. We have been working in different markets over the years in Ibadan and we want to keep up with the initiative to help the markets.
“We have been making efforts over time and we are still making more efforts to reach out to more markets, we appeal to all others anticipating our coming to wait for us, we will get to them someday, it is just a matter of time.”
Other stakeholders at the event, including market leaders, local government council leadership, traders associations among others lauded the firm for the borehole and toilet facilities, saying it would meet a huge need of the traders and motorists at the facility.