The Federal Government says it will inaugurate the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign on November 19, as parts of efforts towards achieving the national target of ending open defecation in Nigeria by 2025. Mrs. Chizoma Opara, the Acting Coordinator, Clean Nigeria, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
NAN reports that “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’’ campaign was approved by the Federal Executive Council on May 8, aimed at ensuring that all households are mobilised to provide their sanitation facilities. According to Opara, President Muhammadu Buhari will perform the national inauguration and flag off of the campaign.
“In preparation of the inauguration, a date has been fixed and we have gotten confirmation from the State House that it is November 19, at the International Conference Centre, in Abuja.
“We are hoping that the date does not change, as we are working towards that because that day happens to be World Toilet Day celebration, so it will be a great opportunity to celebrate the campaign with that,” she said.
The Acting Coordinator also said that in preparation of the inauguration of the campaign, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Sulieman Adamu, has commenced an advocacy visits to state governors.
She said that the advocacy visits by the minister to state governors was to ensure that they buy in to the ‘Clean Nigerian campaign. (NAN)