FG to end poor condition of toilets in schools
The Federal Government (FG) has initiated a move to end the poor condition of toilet facilities on campuses across tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the ministry was set to partner with relevant stakeholders in education to improve toilet facilities in schools.
He said the new initiative, known as School WASH will be first targeted at the Federal Government institutions: colleges of education, universities and polytechnics starting from 2023.
“We are ready and hope that the Federal Ministry of Education is ready. We will be talking to State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and will also carry states and local councils along.
Adamu made this known at the World Press Conference on World Toilet Summit in Abuja, on Thursday
He said this had become imperative because, despite all that had been done in the past, the indices on toilet facilities had continued to be negative.
“ We have sent a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the Ministry of Education, we also have a budget line starting from 2023, we hope the ministry will keep pace with our enthusiasm to ensure we attack these indices,” he said.
The minister also said that the World Press Conference had become imperative to bring Nigeria up to speed, as preparations were on for Nigeria’s hosting of the World Toilet Summit scheduled for November 18 and November 19, 2022.
‘This is a global event, which will provide an excellent opportunity to bring greater visibility to the issue of ending open defecation in Nigeria.
“It is expected to enhance Nigeria’s capability to be better equipped towards meeting the target of ending open defecation by 2025.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, said the summit’s theme is:” Towards Sanitation Innovations for Economic Development”, was an opportunity to enable participants, exhibitors and stakeholders to have a wider range of vision within the sanitation value chain.