By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
As part of activities for the year 2020 World Toilet Day, every November 19, Aid Foundation, a non-governmental organization has initiated a public-private partnership that will coordinate the implementation of commitment towards achieving an Open-Defecation-Free status across 23 local government areas in Kaduna State.
A statement from Aid Foundation, signed by its Executive Director, Emmanuel Bonet said that the partnership will be starting with Kaduna Metropolis in Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun and Igabi LGAs.
“It is about acting to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 – which is – water and sanitation for all by 2030.
“This year the World Toilet Day 2020 focuses on sustainable sanitation and climate change. Nigeria is suffering from a defecation problem,” the statement said.
It explained that defecating in the open is one of the leading devastating menaces to public health in Nigeria.
At a planning meeting which was held on November 19, 2020, at the Kaduna State Facilities Management Agency Office to commemorate the day, representatives from various government agencies, the private sector and the media, made firm commitment to this one-year partnership, whose objectives include construction of public toilets at strategic points and public spaces like motor parks, markets, etc. in Kaduna metropolis.
They also agreed to create massive awareness on the dangers of open defecation and Kaduna State’s plan to achieve Open-Defecation-Free status by 2025.
November 19 is a date set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that about 122,000 Nigerians, including 87,000 children under the age of five die every year from diarrhoea, intestinal worm infections, cholera, hepatitis, typhoid a a lnd other preventable sanitation-related illnesses.