As the world commentate World Toilet Day, UNICEF Officer in-Charge , UNICEF Chief of Maiduguri Office, Dr. Clement Adams said “across the country, about 48 million Nigerians lack access to toilets and the protection they confer against diseases and possible deaths.”
Dr. Clement added that with about 16% of the population in Borno State and 32% of population in Yobe state are still practicing open defecation, therefore, there is need for all stakeholders to review the existing mechanisms with a view to improving access to toilets , reducing disease outbreaks and address malnutrition among conflict affected children.
The UNICEF Officer in-Charge stated this on Thursday at a one day media dialogue on open defecation free, which is organized by UNICEF for journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State’s capital.
He noted that the 2021 theme “Valuing Toilets”, is apt hence, evidence has shown that access to toilets and water benefits people and nations.
According to him, since 2018, UNICEF Nigeria has supported state governments in the North East with the construction of 4,752 toilets and rehabilitation of 2,976 toilets respectively across Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and host communities.