A Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), the Number Two Initiative, has advocated for personal hygiene and sanitations on the occasion of the world Toilet Day.
The Executive Director of the group, Fati Abubakar, at a sensitisation campaign to end open defecation in Jiwa community, Abuja, said there is need for grass root awareness in order to have a clean society, eliminate open defecation and ensure everyone has access to sustainable sanitation services.
“We have come here to drive home the message of the United Nations, the President and other Stakeholders on sanitation and personal hygiene down to the grass root, we want to be a driven force between the Stakeholders and the grass root”
Over four billion people in the world are living without safe sanitation services, therefore World Toilet Day 2019 is seeking attention of those people left behind without sanitation on the consequences.
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Mr Abdullahi Candido, said that the Nigeria governmen is putting in place measures to reduce open defecation to manageable rate in rural communities across the nation.
According to him, the statistics involvement in open defecation is at an alarming rate and poses risk to health status.
“we put in place what is called AMAC Environmental Cadet, their sole responsibility is to move around all the crannies within the Area Council to ensure that they sensitise the citizenry and ensure that every home has a toilet” he said.
Also, an Environmental Health Officer, Mr Yakubu Mohammed said the government was committed to ending the act in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of state of emergency on water, sanitation and hygiene in the country.
November 19 has been set aside by the UN to observe World Toilet Day to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) has a target to eliminate open defecation and ensure everyone has access to sustainable sanitation services by 2030.
The theme for 2019 celebration is “Leaving No One Behind” and focuses on expanding sanitation access to the more than 4.2 billion people living without safely managed sanitation options.