Nigeria’s Ministry of Environment, says it has constructed twelve toilets for Karu International Market in Nassarawa state to curtail open defecation.
Mrs Ibukun Odusote, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the commemoration of 2019 National Environmental Sanitation Day (NESD) which will be holding on June 28 with the theme: “Stop Open Defecation for Healthy Living”.
Odusote said that the theme underscored the seriousness of the problem of open defecation and its effect on the quality of our environment.
“Open defecation is a problem that has been with us over a long time and our several approaches and efforts to address this issue have not provided the desired results.
“Access to sanitary facility remains a mirage to a vast majority of our citizenry. Today, 4.5 billion people of the world live without safe toilets and 892 million people still practice open defecation,” she said.
According to her, in an effort to promote clean and safe environment, the ministry and other stakeholders are currently reviewing the National Environmental Sanitation Policy of 2005 and its guidelines on safe excreta and sewage disposal.
It would be recalled that about six months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a state of emergency on Water Sanitation and Hygiene with emphasis on ending open defecation.