Open defecation: Buhari declares emergency on water, sanitation
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared a state of emergency on the country’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector in a renewed effort to address open defecation, among others.
The president declared this during the inauguration of the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He said the declaration has become imperative to reduce the high-prevalence of waterborne diseases in different parts of the country, which has caused preventable deaths.
Buhari directed government at all levels to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.
The president described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water services and sanitation in the country as ‘’disturbing’’, warning that henceforth, Federal Government support to state governments will be based on their commitment to implement the National WASH Action Plan in their respective States and to end open defecation by 2025.
In an interview after the declaration, Kano State Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna said for the declaration to succeed, the 774 local government areas should be carried along.