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120m Nigerians lack access to improved sanitation facilities, says UNICEF




Ekiti State Leads In Open Defecation

UNICEF says presently, no fewer than 120 million people in the country lack access to improved sanitation facilities, a situation it said exposes them to public health hazards.

UNICEF’s Chief Officer in charge of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Kannan Nadar, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said the country needed an investment of N850b for households to construct 25 million toilets by 2025.

According to him, reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target on sanitation requires us to multiply our current efforts by 15.

He said that Nigeria could achieve its target of meeting the National Roadmap of Ending Open defecation by 2030, “if it puts policies in place to encourage behavioural change in sanitation and hygiene.”

Nadar said that the agency had carried out a survey in select communities, and observed that there was a gap between knowledge and attitude in hygiene promotion practice.

“Such situations could be reduced with proper hygiene promotion messages,” he said, adding that, “14,000 Nigerian communities have attained open defecation free status within the eight years of its intervention via the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Programme.

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