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FG certifies Jigawa as First open defecation free State

 

The Federal Government has certified Jigawa State as the first State to be Open Defecation Free(ODF) in Nigeria.

Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, announced this in Abuja at a media briefing in preparation for the World Toilet Summit slated for November 18–19th, 2022.

Adamu,who commended the Jigawa State Government for achieving the feat through the State’s irrevocable commitment and dedication to end ODF.

The minister expressed the dogged determination and unwavering commitment of the Federal Government to end open defecation in Nigeria, adding that currently only 85 Local Government Areas are adjudged ODF.

He said: “I affirm here that Nigeria is committed to ending open defecation and it is noteworthy that in 2017 we
had only one local government area that is Open defecation Free.

“We are not resting on our oars as we will continue to work tirelessly in ensuring that all the 774 LGAs in the country are open defecation free.”

On the forthcoming World Toilet Summit 2022 which Nigeria was granted the hosting rights, Adamu said the two-day event “is a unique global platform in which stakeholders, non-governmental organisations, development partners and high-level decision makers would come together to better strategise and address in- country sanitation challenges, proffer solutions that will help to resolve the issues around Open Defecation.

The minister who enumerated the gains of playing host to the Summit, said “the Summit will be a game changing one in support of President Mohammadu Buhari’s vision of making Nigeria Open
Defecation Free come 2025 as part of the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”

According to him, “This is a global event which will provide an excellent opportunity
to bring greater visibility to the issue of ending open defecation in Nigeria and it is expected to enhance Nigeria’s capability to be better equipped towards meeting the target of ending open defecation by 2025.

“It will be recalled that the National Campaign to End Open Defecation was approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC) on May 8, 2019, with the aim of mobilising all strata of the society in fighting the menace of open defecation.

“About 48 million people were said to be defecating in the open, according to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene National Routine Mapping Survey (WASH NORM).

The minister who expressed optimism that Nigeria would be much better after hosting the global event, added that “the World Toilet Summit aims at facilitating global conversation around the creation of sustainable sanitation markets that will actively stimulate economic growth within the sanitation value chain, expose the financial gains inherent in sanitation technology and encourage private sector
innovation.”

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