120m Nigerians Lack Access To Basic Toilet Facilities, Says Report
120m Nigerians Lack Access To Basic Toilet Facilities, Says Report – A group WaterAidNigeria, has reported that over 120 million Nigerians have no access to basic toilet facilities.
This was contained in its factsheet on water, sanitation and hygiene to commemorate the World Toilet Day yesterday in Abuja.
The report said millions of people still practice open defecation, thereby polluting the communities with human wastes.
It added that only one in three people have a decent toilet, adding that every year, nearly 60,000 children die before they start school, from diseases linked to dirty water, poor sanitation and being put at particular risk.
“Not having a safe, private toilet means women and girls often wait until dark to find a place to defecate, putting them at risk of attack or rape,” it added.
Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, said there were inadequate sanitary facilities in schools, which constitutes a threat to enrollment.
He said the provision of sanitary facilities in schools should go hand in hand with other efforts to achieve universal basic education in the country.
Represented by Margaret Akinimuko, the minister also explained that one of the major consequences of poor excreta disposal is the high rate of diarrhea disease.
He solicited community-based waste management, clean and green programmes to promote the provision of safe and adequate toilets in the country.
On his part, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Leon Aliboh, said a 2005 national environment sanitation policy document would be reviewed to meet international best practices.