FG Initiates Plan To Tackle Open Defecation

The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated a plan to decrease the prevalence of open defecation in the country.

He emphasized the ministry’s dedication to maximizing the social and economic advantages of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector.

Utsev also detailed discussions about formulating a national WASH policy and a specific strategy aimed at boosting the supply side of the sanitation industry.

Moreover, alongside efforts to develop innovative financial mechanisms, the minister disclosed plans to identify viable sanitation projects that offer diverse returns to attract investments.

The minister expressed that these actions will reduce the risks linked with private investment in the sanitation sector.

Acknowledging that improved access to sanitary services significantly impacts citizens’ living standards and overall well-being, Utsev reiterated the government’s commitment to this objective.

Addressing sanitation as a crucial public health concern, he presented findings from a 2012 World Bank study revealing the substantial negative economic impact of poor sanitation practices, estimating an annual cost to Nigeria of about N455 billion.

Furthermore, the minister underscored the immeasurable social repercussions of inadequate sanitation, which encompass reduced privacy and dignity, as well as heightened vulnerability to physical assault and violence, particularly affecting women and girls.


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