FG reiterates commitment to ending open defecation
The Federal Government (FG) on Thursday reiterated its commitment to ending open defecation in the country.
Muhammad Mahmood, Minister of Environment, stated this at a Ministerial Press Briefing held to commemorate the “2020 World Toilet Day” with the theme: “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change”.
According to him, the government’s commitment was demonstrated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of state of emergency on water sanitation and hygiene in the country.
He said the theme was apt as it underscored the necessity for technologically sound systems for proper waste management and sanitary hygiene practices.
He added that the ministry in collaboration with critical stakeholders had reviewed and validated the 2005 National Environmental Sanitation Policy Guidelines on safe excreta and sewage disposal.
He said “The intervention on control of open defecation and the Clean and Green Programme of the ministry are aimed at promoting the provision of safe and adequate toilets across the country.’’
The Minister further noted that the ministry had recently signed a MoU with Centre for Science and Environment, India, on technology transfer, capacity building and research development in areas of water sanitation.
He said the centre would be conducting a specialised online training in toilet design and faecal sludge management and reuse for at least 50 Nigerian officials.