Open defe­ca­tion: Buhari de­clares emer­gency on wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

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.

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