President Muhammad Buhari has signed an executive order to end open defecation in the country by 2025.

The signing of the order is to ensure Nigeria becomes open defecation free by 2025.

About 46 million Nigerians are said to practice open defecation making the country the second in the world with such unhealthy practice.

The new order states, among others, “That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defections free by 2025.

“That the National Open Defecation-Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.

“There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

“The Secretariat is authorised on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places, including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

“All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

“The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation, with appropriate sanctions and penalties.

The president has described the statistics on open defecation, access to pipe borne water service and sanitation as disturbing and has declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action plan.


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