UNICEF partners with FG to stop open defecation

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), says it is partnering with the Federal Government in tackling open defecation in the country.

Mr Geoffrey Njoku, UNICEF Communication Specialist, made this known at a media dialogue tagged: “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign” in Ibadan, Oyo state, South west Nigeria.

He said the purpose of the workshop was to engage the media in the campaign against open defecation with the aim of putting an end to the act adding that the media dialogue was also aimed at creating awareness about clean Nigeria and mobilise resources to sustain the National movement.

Mr Njoku also explained that the workshop would engender behavioural change and policy reform through advocacy and awareness to encourage government to invest more resources in the environment.

The Head, Child Rights Information Bureau, Federal Ministry of Information, Mr Olumide Osanyipeju who noted that open defecation perpetuates a vicious of disease and poverty, said the Federal Government had declared a state of emergency in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene towards ending open defecation.

He said government with the support of UNICEF in partnership with inter-ministerial agencies, civil society partners and private sector, were currently leading the open defecation campaign to end the scourge in the country by 2025 and achieve universal access to safely manage sanitation by 2030.

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