The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF says about four point six million Nigerians are still living without access to safety management sanitation services saying that they still practice open defecation.
The Chief of UNICEF Field office Enugu Dr Ibrahim Conteh made this known at a One-day South-East Zonal Media parley in commemoration of 2021 World Toilet Day.
Dr Conteh expressed dismay that Nigeria is making limited progress in the area of provision of toilet facilities for the people with twenty-three percent of Nigerians defecating in the open.
The planning specialist, UNICEF field office Enugu Dr Ijeoma Onuoha- Ogwe said the parley was to engage and equip journalists with the recent date on water sanitation and hygiene with reference to provision of toilet facilities and population access to toilets, progress being made towards achieving the sustainable development goals, target by 2030 among others.
In his presentation titled the situation of toilet usage by Nigerians and implications, the WASH specialist UNICEF Enugu Mr Doutimiye kiakubu called on government at different levels to drive the vision to achieve Open Defecation Free Status across the country.
The UNICEF desk officer, Mrs Franca Madike thanked UNICEF for the opportunity, pointing out that the dialogue will also help Journalists develop action plans for awareness creation.