The Federal Government has introduced a plan to reduce the level of open defecation in Nigeria.
The plan was presented on Tuesday in Abuja during an event marking the World Toilet Day 2023 with the theme, ‘Accelerating Change’.
The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Utsev stressed the value of stakeholder ownership and teamwork in his speech at the ceremony, emphasizing the need to move quickly on initiatives that promote a healthier and cleaner environment.
He highlighted the ministry’s commitment to maximizing the WASH sector’s social, economic benefits aimed at advancing the sanitation industry’s supply side and plans to identify bankable sanitation projects with diverse returns to attract investments.
Utsev said that the actions will lessen the risks associated with private investment in the sanitation subsector.
“The comprehensive approach not only addresses the economic ramifications, but also underscores the broader social and public health imperative for a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous Nigeria,’’ he said.