The Federal Government is set to launch an open-defecation-free campaign on Tuesday next week in Abuja.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu said this at the Official commissioning of the Rehabilitated and upgraded Malete and Sobi Water works in Kwara State.
Engineer Adamu, said the campaign was tailored towards ensuring that Nigeria is open defecation free by twenty-twenty five.
“We are very prepared for the launch of the open defecation free (ODF) campaign on November 19, 2019 in Abuja. As I keep saying, the launching is not the end; it is just the beginning.
“We have also been working on this ODF programme for a long tine, but we need to scale it up, and that is what the launching is all about, to bring it to the attention of the rest of the country.”
“After the launching, we will still continue. We will go to every nook and cranny of the country to ensure that Nigeria is open defecation free by 2025. That is our target, our mission and by the grace of God, we will achieve it,” he said.
Though he said, work has commenced on it since, but the launching was aimed to unveil it and reaffirmed the commitment of the government to stop open defecation.
Engineer Adamu who described water as very critical to the present government, assured that the federal government is doing everything possible to ensure that Nigeria meet Sustainable Development Goals.
According to him: “Anything pertaining to water sanitation is critical to us. Water is the most important ingredient of life. We are doing everything that we can to ensure that Nigeria meets its target for Sustainable Development Goal.
“Even without sustainable goal, people are entitled to clean water and sanitation. It is a basic human right. although people tend to misunderstand it to mean also that water is free, I didn’t say that.”
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority,
Doctor Adeniyi Saheed Aremu, said he informed Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq when he visited the Authority recently of the need to release some lands at the Malete dam site to the Agency to enable it expand the waterworks.
Doctor Aremu noted that the dam constructed in 1980 should be under the Kwara State University for proper maintenance and research purpose.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Doctor Ezekiel Afolabi pledged the readiness of the state government to ensure proper maintenance of the facilities installed at the waterworks for the benefit of the people.