-From SUNNY A. DAVID:
Epidemic looms around Anambra State Secretariat Complex Awka as workers defecate in nearby bushes due to lack of water to flush toilets.
A source from one of the Ministries who pleaded anonymity for fear of losing his job, said toilets are not functioning because there is no water in the complex to flush toilets when used.
The source maintained that Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and Directors pay people to bring water to their offices for them to flush toilets in their offices.
The source also noted that workers now use bushes around the secretariat complex to defecate and ease themselves whenever they are pressed and it further revealed that some workers even go home with their burdens to ease themselves.
Apart from the lack of functional rest rooms in the secretariat complex, the source stressed the dire need for elevators in the secretariat as people complained about difficulty in climbing staircase up to the third floor; especially old people and persons with physical disabilities.
When contacted at 3:42pm on Sunday for her response regarding non-functional conveniences in the secretariat complex, the Head of Service of Anambra State Civil Service, Mrs. Theodora Igwegbe, did not respond to phone calls from our correspondent and did not reply the text message sent to her by our correspondent.
The text message from our correspondent to the Head of Service reads, “Good afternoon Madam. Please can you respond to the issue of workers at the secretariat complex defecating in bushes around the secretariat due to lack of water to flush toilets as well as workers going down stairs from the secretariat building just to pee due to non-functional conveniences in the complex?”