No fewer than 48 million Nigerians still practice open defecation, according to the newly released 2021 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH-NORM) III Report.
This is the thrust at the inauguration of the 2021 WASH-NORM III Report in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, said slow progress being made in improving water and sanitation services was due to population expansion, low commitments from states and impact of COVID-19. The WASH-NORM is an annual national assessment of the status of water, sanitation and hygiene services aimed at covering the data gaps in the sector.
Its primary objective is to provide data on WASH indicators to meet the needs of policy makers for better planning.