Nigerian government inaugurates open defecation-free website

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The Federal Ministry of Water Resources and its partners have inaugurated the Clean Nigeria Website to signal commencement of Open Defecation-free campaign.

The ministry has also inaugurated three water supply schemes to augment water supply to communities in Bwari, Lugbe in the FCT and in Mararaba, Nasarawa state.

The solar-powered boreholes were constructed by the ministry’s contractors as part of their corporate social responsibility to improve access to disadvantaged communities.

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu said that the website, www.cleannigeria.ng is the official website for ‘Clean Nigeria, Use the Toilet’ campaign.

According to him, the campaign is a mass mobilisation and sensitisation campaign to end open defecation in Nigeria.

The minister said that it also shows open defecation-free communities mappings with a target of promoting data availability and accessibility.

He said the Nigerian government had indicated interest to adopt the Clean India Strategy to lead campaigns, efforts and action plan to make Nigeria Open Defecation-free by 2025.

According to him, the study tour, which the ministry and its partners recently underwent in India, saw the need for Nigeria to adopt the model, calling for all hands to be on deck to stop open defecation practice.

The technology is increasingly seen as one amongst many components needed for the sustainable provision of village water supplies.

 

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