Okwe Obi, Abuja
Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has reassured Nigerians of the Federal Government plan to achieve 100 per cent water supply, good hygiene and sanitation by 2030.
Adamu, while chatting with journalists recently, in Abuja, said that sequel to the already declared state of emergency in the sector, President Muhammadu Buhari, had accepted to launch a new Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan to meet the Open Defecation Free Status (ODF) targeted by 2025, precisely 5 years from now.
“One of the key things we want to do in this WASH Action Plan is first to get some cities, model cities to see whether we can leverage international funding to provide complete coverage of water supply, 100 per cent for these locations” he said.
The minister further advocated a WASH fund to address issues of open defecation and sanitation and behavioral change in people to make them understand the importance of using the toilet.
He hinted that successes have been recorded in open defecation Free campaign, as over 18,000 communities have attained Open Defecation Free Status in the country stating that the needed a quantum leap to attain complete Open Defecation Free Status by 2025 or 2030.
This he said would be achieved through mobilisation of individual Communities, Agencies, NGOs and the society for effective result.
He appealed to Nigerians to always wash their hands at all times to avoid infection.