FG inaugurates 30-man committee to host World Toilet Summit

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The Federal Government has inaugurated a 30-man planning committee for the forthcoming World Toilet Day Summit coming up in Abuja in November.

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Inaugurating the committee, Thursday, in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, said Nigeria was selected in February as the host country of the 2022 World Toilet Summit based on its consolidated schedule of accomplishments in water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

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The selection of Nigeria to host the World Toilet Summit, Adamu said, was facilitated by the Organized Private Sector in WASH (OPS-WASH) in view of Nigeria’s ceaseless efforts towards eliminating open defecation practices in the country, through the implementation of a national campaign to end open defecation in the country by 2025, tagged “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign.”

According to him, Nigerian government has consistently demonstrated commitment to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector through the various initiatives being implemented in the sector, which include the presidential declaration of “State of Emergency” in the sector, the National Action Plan to revitalize the sector, the Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH), the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign, and the Sustainable Urban and Rural WASH project (SURWASH), among others.

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“It is our expectation that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for the mobilization of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of open defecation in the country,” the minister stressed, adding: “we also acknowledge the role of the private sector in boosting the sanitation value chain and creating a circular economy across the value chain which can boost the country’s economic indices and have positive impacts across other sectors.

“The 2022 World Toilet Summit is expected to bring together government actors, private sector players, development partners, NGOs and other sector stakeholders to highlight the dangers of open defecation and bring it to greater public focus.”/SHARE THIS

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