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World Toilet Day: 46m Nigerians Still Defecate In The Open

World Toilet Day: 46m Nigerians Still Defecate In The Open

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that open defecation in Nigeria has remained steady at 23 per cent, with an estimate of 46 million Nigerians still defecating in open places. Information Guide Nigeria

THE GUARDIAN reports that this was disclosed by the Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins in a statement to commemorate World Toilet Day, marked annually on Nov. 19.

According to THE GUARDIAN,  Mr Peter Hawkins said, “It is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that all Nigerians have access to safe toilets and that we shift closer to ending open defecation across the country.

“With the Clean Nigeria campaign, we are making strong efforts, but the whole country needs to put their full weight behind this campaign.

“We cannot afford to fail – ending open defecation is crucial to making progress in so many other areas, including health”.

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THE GUARDIAN reports that Hawkins said that states like Kwara, Plateau, and Ebonyi have the highest rates of open defecation while states like Abia, Zamfara, and Akwa Ibom, have the lowest rates of open defecation.

However, Hawkins noted, “Nigeria is making some progress in improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services to its population, with 75 per cent of Nigerians having access to basic drinking water services – up from 70 per cent in 2019.

“Access to sanitation, that is, toilet and handwashing facilities, has also increased modestly, from 44 per cent to 46 per cent over the same period, ” Hawkins said.

“There is a clear commitment by the government to help the population move away from the practice of open defecation, a move that will help support better health outcomes for all, especially children. Jamb Result

“The importance of adequate and safe sanitation and proper hand hygiene practices cannot be overstated.

“It helps prevent illnesses that impact families’ livelihoods, and more importantly, take the lives of far too many children; we can and must achieve an open defecation-free Nigeria by 2025”.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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