The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) in Nigeria says it will partner with the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet awareness campaign for the country to become Open Defection Free (ODF) by 2025. Mr. Benson Attah, the NEWSAN National Coordinator said this during a courtesy call at the Clean Nigeria Secretariat in Abuja.
NEWSAN is a network of Civil Societies and Non Governmental Organisations under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
He said that if India could achieve the feat of planning to be open defecation free with its huge population of over 550 million people within five years, Nigeria could do better with less than 200 million population.
Attah said that the strategy had been put in place by the network to quicken the attainment of the ODF in the country.
He, however, said two strategies were involved which include the communities that had started receiving intervention and communities that have never received intervention.
He also explained that NEWSAN would mobilise all its members across the county and prepare them to work with state and local government to attain the ODF.
Mrs. Chizoma Opara, the Acting Coordinator, Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet said the call for collaboration was apt.
Opara said the Federal Ministry of Water Resources valued the partnership with the network.ee
According to her, this explains why five members of NEWSAN were trained in the just concluded training of validators for open defecation free in Keffi, Nasarawa.“This will also provide quality assurance to the achievements of the Clean Nigeria campaign,” she added.
Opara assured the network that the members would always be included in the implementation of their activities to ensure that NEWSAN played its role and contribute to the achievements of the Nigerian Government’s ODF goal by 2025.