President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 21st of November, signed Executive Order 009 to end open defecation in the country by 2025. The program titled “The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order 2019 took effect on Wednesday to ensure the country is free from open defecation by 2025.
According to the President, the move was taken as a result of the statistics that made Nigeria, the second country with the highest number of people practising open defecation. It stated that up to 46 million Nigerians practised open defecation, “a practice which has had a negative effect on the populace and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals”. It explained in a statement by presidential media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, that part of the strategies to end open defecation was to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Action Plan to improve access to pipe borne water and hygiene.
“That the National Open Defecation Free 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 authorized 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.”