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Nigeria to be Free From Open Defecation by 2025 – Min. of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu



Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu

Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Government has expressed commitment to rid the country of open defecation by 2025, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said on Wednesday.

The Minister stated this when the Executive Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

“The Federal Government will do everything humanly possible to stop open defecation by 2025,” he said.

Adamu said that water and sanitation are keys to achieving the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) as they both cut across all the goals of the SDGs.

He added that the ministry would soon be launching a National Programme on Water and Sanitation, aimed at meeting up with the SDGs’ targets.

The minister opined that cycle of illnesses still persisted in communities lacking sanitation facilities.

He said that access to safe water and secured toilets were necessary for all, pointing out that defecating in the open is like we are infecting ourselves.

“In communities where there is open defecation, there are diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and gastroenteritis, killing children under five years,” he said.

Adamu said the programme, when launched, would be cascaded down to all states of the federation, rural communities, schools and markets.

He said that it was the responsibility of the state and local government authorities to provide domestic water supply to their communities, saying the Federal Government would continue to intervene.

This intervention, he said, would enable the people to meet the set targets of the SDGs on water and sanitation.

He, however, promised the governor that Ebonyi would be given assistance on the state water projects as this would not only provide food for the people but jobs as well.

He said that the governor’s letter was receiving good attention as he had directed the directors in charge to expedite action on the matter.

The minister said, “for Nigerians to favourably compete on the global arena, it is necessary to imbibe the culture and practice of safe sanitation and hygiene”.

In his response, the governor expressed his appreciation and promised that Ebonyi would do its best to see that the collaboration in scaling up access to water and ending open defecation succeeds.

NAN recalls that the UN launched a campaign for access to basic sanitation at the commemoration of the World Water day.

The campaign, aimed at ending open defecation by 2025, calls on governments, civil society organisations, businesses and international organisations to take action to ensure that people have access to clean environments.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. xxxx

    June 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I like it. Wen government say 2025, it seems far. LoOooool. And I definitely won’t be in office anywere in that time, so 2025.

  2. Fleur

    June 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I am really getting concerned. The only reason people defecate outside is when there is no infrastructure to support the right behavior. Reducing the illnesses he talked about also have to do with initiating sustainable practices to treat drinking water at the household or community level, and protect water sources. That is in turn strongly correlated with economic development, and we are not seeing that right now. Also, I worry about the mindset of leaders when instead of a headline like “Government to Advance Clean Drinking Water and Source Water Protection Agenda,” I am reading a headline that says “Nigeria to be Free from Open Defecation by 2025.” This tells me that the focus and tactics of the minister and his team are really off target. Are they going to arrest defecators? Common now!! Can someone say smart stuff from up there in Abuja. Please just say something smart even if you don’t mean it.

    • Author Unknown

      June 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you Fleur. My exact thoughts. How about starting with constant supply of water to existing infrastructure. Surely that’s not rocket science.

  3. Moyo

    June 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    My take on this is, why will it take another 9 years before we can be free from open defecation, I had to check the spelling. It’s not as if it is Ebola or a disease, that we need to do research. all we need is constant supply of clean water and more public toilets, all government offices, hotels, restaurants should have public toilets apart from private ones and public areas should have mobile toilets. All houses should have toilet facilities. Surely it cannot take another 9 years before we get that right. Nigeria

  4. Benito

    June 8, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Wow!!!!!!! What an achievement. While the rest of the world is talking about climate change, Nigeria is talking about SHIT. Which is why i say Nigeria is a SHITTY country full of SHIT.

  5. o

    June 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    What??!!??? 2025 lohun lohun!!!

  6. hezekina pollutina

    June 9, 2016 at 10:26 am

    u get the leaders u deserve. see his face like shit.

  7. Allawal

    June 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Nigeria is not urban areas only please! there are still more than 66% of the population in rural and small towns in the country. I know a rural area with more than 2000 people where everybody, including the village head, defecate in the open! They have no culture of latrine usage and they are not located on Zuma rock too, where you can say they are unable to dig one. It will be a bleeding miracle to end open defecation in Nigeria by that 2025. You guys live in Abuja and are talking about hotels, offices and restaurants when the whole lot of you are not up to 1% of the country. Know now, if you don’t, that more people are dying of diarrhoeal diseases from lack of basic hygiene than any other except may be malaria in Nigeria. You have my support Hon Minister and I actually think you should ask your team to submit to you the National Roadmap to End Open Defecation developed two years ago for immediate roll out.

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