Water Resources Minister Engr Suleiman Adamu has said active private sector participation is key to ending open defecation in Nigeria.
Adamu, who called for increased involvement of the private sector and the diaspora to support Nigeria’s federal government to end public defecation in the country through expedited toilet facilities by philanthropists, said it was important was to build a new culture of sanitation across the country.
He said this at the official opening of a state-of-the-art biodegradable toilet facility donated by Mr David Alaba, a well-known footballer at Real Madrid football club.
Alaba, through its Foundation, in partnership with Organized Private Sector in Water Purification and Hygiene (OPS-WASH), Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC), and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has donated the facility to the Ogere Remo community in Ogun.
The Minister of Water Resources said the Clean Nigeria campaign was aimed at an aggressive mobilization of the entire country to end the practice of Open Defecation by 2025.
In a press statement signed by Deputy Press Director, Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), Ms. Funmi Imuetinyan, and made available to Tribune, Adamu identified the role of the private sector in revitalizing the WASH sector and congratulated NIDCOM and de (OPS -WASH) to take the lead in this gesture.
He added that such a commendable and commendable project by Mr. David Alaba and his foundation is worthy of imitation, as the quest to end Open Defecation requires the contribution and commitment of individuals, government at all levels, the civil society, the private sector, development partners, philanthropist and the general population.
The minister encouraged Nigerians in the diaspora to mobilize support for the campaign through private sector involvement, adding that as part of the Clean Nigeria campaign, 84 LGAs have so far been granted Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. ) in the country and that a state (Jigawa) is on the brink of achieving state-wide ODF status with just one LGA to go.
The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, was represented at the inauguration of the facility by the Honorable Ogun State Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan.
He praised David Alaba as a true Nigerian and added that the gesture was a new dimension in community development and individual efforts for a better society.
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