Nigeria has been ranked third among the countries of the world where people still practise open defecation by the United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF).
Zaid Jurji, the UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Nigeria, made this known on Wednesday in Katsina when he paid courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Masari.
“The situation of sanitation in Nigeria is alarming. Nigeria is third worldwide when it comes to open defecation, one-third of the population practise it.
“Nigeria is a heavy weight country, not only in Africa, but worldwide.It does not go well to know that open defecation is being practised widely in various communities in a strong country like Nigeria.
“So, we need to do something about that beyond the traditional approach to improve on the situation,” he said.
A governor’s solution.
In his remarks, Masari said that the state government was making efforts to provide pit latrines in public places like schools, market and motor parks.
Masari said that his Administration would provide the latrines on ownership basis to ensure their proper maintenance.
He said that improving sanitation and eradicating open defecation would assist to reduce diseases by about 50 per cent.