In a bid to discourage open defecation in Oyo State, the State House of Assembly has announced that residents who defecate openly in any part of the state will begin to serve one-week non-custodial punishment or pay a fine.
The House noted that any resident of the state who is found guilty of the order will pay a fine of 5,000 naira.
According to the Deputy Speaker, Muhammed Fadeyi, the punishment attached to such act is the sequel to a bill sponsored in the Assembly.
The lawmaker said when the bill becomes law, open defecation in any part of the state would become prohibitive.
Fadeyi, who represents Ona Ara State Constituency in the Oyo state House of Assembly, said any person who owns a premise and refuses to provide toilet facilities within three months from the commencement of the bill commits an offense.
He added that the offense is liable on conviction to imprisonment for three months or would pay a fine of N50,000 or both.
Fadeyi emphasized the need to eradicate open defecation in the state.