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Nigeria needs 4m toilets to end open defecation by 2025 – UNICEF

THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has stated that Nigeria needs to build about 3.9 million toilets, in order to reach the open-defecation-free target by 2025.

Jane Beva, the head of UNICEF’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) division, gave a speech at the beginning of a two-day seminar for toilet business owners in Abuja today.

Beva stated that there are not enough restrooms in Nigeria, adding that only 180,000 to 200,000 washrooms are constructed yearly.

She raised alarm over Nigeria’s subpar sanitation, saying that the 2021 WASH national result routine mapping revealed that 48 million people in the nation still use open defecation.

According to her, the survey also mentioned that 95 million Nigerians lack access to fundamental sanitation facilities.

“About 1.3 per cent of GDP or N455 billion is lost annually due to poor access to sanitation – health, health care savings and productivity,” NAN quoted Beva as saying.

“Every dollar invested in water and sanitation results in economic benefits ranging from three dollars to 34 dollars.

“Nigeria cannot continue business as usual or it will miss the target of 2025 and 2030. There is a need to strengthen and scale up proven strategies to reach the country’s goals.

“The private sector must work closely with all tiers of government and communities to actively create sustainable solutions to address the sanitation needs of unserved and underserved communities and help grow capital investment and human capital.’’

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