The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to end open defecation, improve access to water and good hygiene to all Nigerians within the shortest possible time.
The Minister of Water Resources Mr. Suleiman Adamu gave this indication in a message to a One day Capacity Building Workshop organized for Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers of National Orientation Agency in Owerri.
The Minister represented by the Acting National Coordinator, Clean Nigeria, Use the Toilet Campaign Mrs. Chisoma Opara said statistics indicate that more than forty million Nigerians lacked access to toilet facilities thereby engaging in open defecation.
According to him the Ministry having realized the strategic role of the National Orientation Agency in reaching out to Nigerians embarked on partnership to adequately sensitize the populace.
The Director National Orientation Agency in Imo State Mr. Vitus Ekeocha said health hazards posed by open defecation necessitated the signing of Executive Order nine by President Muhammadu Buhari to end open defecation by twenty twenty five.
Mr. Ekeocha the Order empowers States and Councils to adopt measures to prevent open defecation and gave an assurance that the NOA would embark on aggressive campaign against the practice in the twenty seven local government areas of the state.
Correspondent Chinazo Ilechukwu reports that the theme of the event is “Citizen Engagement towards Eradication of Open Defecation in Nigeria by the year 2025”.