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FG pledges to provide public toilet facilities nationwide to end open defecation

By Raphael Jov

The Federal Government has pledged to provide public toilet facilities across the Nation, in its effort to end Open Defection menace by 2025.

Mr. Suleiman Adamu, the immediate past Minister of Water Resources made the disclosure when he formally inaugurated the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat in Abuja.

Adamu said that the clean campaign “is a national programme to re-strategise on ways to do away with the menace of open defecation in Nigeria.”

Adamu who decried the level of the practice, said the Federal Government had already committed itself to the task when President Muhammadu Buhari declared the state of emergency on water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

He said that the task was one of the major focuses of the present administration.

“This national transformation campaign is aimed at addressing the unfortunate position in which Nigeria finds itself as the first country in Africa and second globally behind India in the practice of open defecation,“ he said.

Adamu also performed the inauguration of the Planning Committee for Presidential Launch of Clean Nigeria Campaign.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Comfort Ekaro, commended the minister for his remarkable achievements in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in the country.

Ekaro said the ministry had made progress with focused reforms in all the sub-sectors in the ministry`s agencies including WASH.

“For the first time in the history of the water sector, the ministry collaborated with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and Development Partners notably UNICEF and World Bank to develop dedicated tools towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” she said.

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