The Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE, has said that Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are fundamental to human development and well being and that is why the Ministry has launched strategies to address the National WASH issues.

Engr. Adamu stated this on Monday 19th November, 2018 in Abuja on the occasion of World Toilet Day.

The World Toilet Day is a day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to create awareness on the significance of using the toilet. It is usually marked on the 19th November of every year.

With a global staggering statistics of practice of open defecation and with the Nigerian situation as the second country with the highest number of people practicing open defecation estimated at 46 million people, Engr. Adamu said the Ministry is not resting in her oars as it has mapped out strategies in addressing the dismal situation.

According to him, the strategies include the development of a Roadmap towards making Nigeria Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2025 and the roll out of the Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programme, designed as a national collaborative instrument among Governments at all levels to address the rural component of the SDG 6.1 and 6.2 targets.
Continuing, he stated that, most recently Mr. President launched the National WASH Action Plan and declared a state of Emergency in the WASH Sector.

He called on Nigerians to adopt home based strategies in addressing sanitation challenges: “As we commemorate this year’s World Toilet Day, we are being reminded to build nature-based solutions to meet our sanitation needs. We must ensure that the sanitation service chain which includes containment, transport, treatment and disposal or reuse, is well established across the country”.

He added that there is need to ensure that all Nigerians have access to sanitation facilities at home and in public places such as schools, health care centres, motor parks and markets.

“It is also important that the transportation, treatment and disposal or reuse component of the service chain is strengthened through the right institutional arrangement, regulation and enforcement to ensure safely managed sanitation service which is the aspiration of the SDG sanitation target”, he said.

Kenechukwu Offie (Mrs.)
Director (Press & Public Relations Unit)