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Stemming the tide of open defecation: The Kwara approach

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Globally, Nigeria is ranked second after India on the rung of countries with the highest prevalent rate of open defecation practice, and the first in Africa, as at October 2019 Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State According to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH NORM) 2019, 44 million people still practise open defecation in Nigeria, a ...

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Gombe moves to end open defecation by 2025

Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

The Gombe State Government, in a bid to end open defecation by 2025, has declared a state of emergency on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Mijinyawa Yahaya, disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in Gombe, the state capital, after the State Executive Council ...

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Oyo to end open defecation before 2025

Seyi Makinde

The Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, says the state is committed to ending open defecation across the state before the target date of 2025. Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State This is contained in a statement issued in Ibadan, the state capital, on Thursday, December 10, 2020 by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr ...

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Ogun declares emergency in water sector


Ogun State Government has declared a state of emergency in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), just as it declared war against open defecation in the state. Abeokuta, Ogun State Gov. Dapo Abiodun made the declarations on Friday, October 2, 2020 in Abeokuta, the state capital, when he received the report of a Steering Committee for the implementation of WASH programme. ...

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Water Resources Ministry, NOA launch nationwide campaign against open defecation

Open defecation

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) have officially inaugurated a nationwide sensitisation campaign to end open defecation practice in the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Director General, National Orientation Agency (NAO), Garba Abari, brief the press on plans/strategies to end open defecation in Nigeria during flag-off of Nationwide Campaign on Open ...

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Why menace of open defecation still looms in Ghana


When Awo was told by her benevolent absentee landlord to leave the house that she has been the homekeeper, for close to 10 years that was the least of her worries. Her main worry was whether she will be able to afford a place of her own with a decent toilet facility. Toilet facility provided under the Ghana Water and ...

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UNICEF certifies Katsina communities Open Defecation Free

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

No fewer than 825 communities in Katsina State have so far been certified as Open Defecation Free under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria II. Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, Executive Director, Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Katsina. ...

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Malawian communities seek to end open defecation

Mitress Januwale

About one billion people or 15 percent of the global population, including Malawians, practice open defecation, and ignorance of the consequences Twelve years ago today, Mitress Januwale was in great pain due to the death of her grandmother Myness Gilimoti to what was a suspected work of witchcraft, according to family members. Gilimoti died when she was more of a ...

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13,000 out of 200,000 Nigerian communities now open defecation-free – UNICEF


Within eight years of intervention in its Community-Led Total Sanitation programme, 13,000 communities in Nigeria had attained Open Defecation-free status, so says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Kanaar Nadar, UNICEF’s Chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja at a national stakeholders workshop on Draft Hygiene Promotion Strategy and Guidelines. Nadar said: “From our report on ...

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Bread of Life clamours end to open defecation

As Nigeria joined the world to mark the World Toilet Day during the week, the Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLDF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called on the citizenry to collectively work to make open urination and open defecation history. It also called on government bodies at federal, state, and local council levels to declare safe sanitation a human right ...

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