According to WaterAid, an Infographic international charity focused on improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation, Nigeria ranks third on the table for highest number of people per country still practicing open defecation.
Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside and not into a designated toilet. The term is widely used in literature about water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues in developing countries.
Mr Kanann Nadar, UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, at the recently held Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Conference in Abuja, said that open defecation-free Nigeria was possible. He said it could achieve its target of meeting the National Roadmap of Ending Open defecation by 2030 if it put policies in place to encourage behavioural change for sanitation and hygiene.