In a bid to rid Nigeria of open defecation by 2025, the Federal Government has approved the inauguration of a “Clean Nigeria Campaign” with the slogan: “Clean Nigeria, Use the Toilet”.
The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, said that the Federal Executive Council took the decision at a meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, May 8.
According to him, the president would perform the inaugural ceremony of the campaign at a later date.
Adamu said that the Federal Government had earmarked N10.6 billion for the project’s implementation.
The funds, he said, would be sourced from budgetary allocation and development partners.
Speaking on the need for the campaign, the minister said that the Federal Government was dissatisfied that only 10 of the nation’s 774 local governments were free of Open Defecation.
Adamu added, “10 out of 774 local governments is very decimal. But it’s work in progress but we also made some progress in that at least 20,000/21,000 communities in the country are open defecation free.
“But the problem is that we still have 47 million people that are practicing open defecation and Nigeria has been moving up the ladder since 2012 from being number four or five in the world to now of having the ranking of number two.
“India is number one but India has been working for the past four years to end open defecation in the country.
“In the last four years they have moved over 500million people out of open defecation and India plans to declare itself open defecation free by Oct. 2, 2019
“Once that happens, Nigeria will be the number country in the world that practice open defecation and you would all agree with me that this is an honour we do not want to have.’’