“47 million Nigerians do not have access to basic toilets”, UNICEF – Transcontinental Times

NIGERIA. Abuja: While Nigeria is ranked the second highest open defecation country after India, around 47 million of its citizens lack access to basic toilets. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has just revealed it.

UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist Raphael Nwozor made this known in Abuja during the observance of World Toilet Day (WTD) celebrated every November 19 .

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It is sad and unacceptable that more than 47 million Nigerians still do not have access to basic toilets and are also ranked as the second country in number of open defecation, Nwozor said.

Nwozor, further added that the lack of 47 million Nigerians without a basic toilet further underscores the fact that basic toilets are fundamental to human existence and their well-being. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the government to review its provision.

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The day is set aside to educate and enlighten the public on the need for access to basic toilets, whether through governments, community or individual effort.

“Over 47 million Nigerians lack access to a basic toilet and the commemoration of this day is a reminder that a good toilet is a basic human need. The day also aims to highlight the need for every family, individual within the community, to have at least access to a toilet”, said Nwozor.

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Some Nigerian households view the construction of toilets in their homes as unacceptable and contrary to their beliefs. As such, they prefer to defecate in the open using bushes.

The perception of some Nigerians is that defecating in their homes is inappropriate, and that is why they use bushes and rivers in their environment while disregarding its implications.

Nwozor, however, applauded the effort of the Federal Government to provide the necessary facilities for the achievement of Nigeria declared “Without open defecation” (ODF) by 2025 as a state of emergency has been declared in Nigeria by WASH.

Health implications of open defecation

The health consequences of open defecation include diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and malaria, among others. Having good sanitation facilities is a basic human right that every government must guarantee to its citizens, Nwozor noted.

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