By Shettima Iliyasu
The Adamawa State Government has expressed its resolve towards improving access to safe toilets in the state.
The Adamawa State Head of Civil Service Barr. Musa Kaibo made this known Thursday, 19th November, 2015 at the Admiral Nyako Training Centre, State Secretariat Complex, Yola while marking this year’s World Toilet Day (WTD).
He states that Adamawa State is marking this milestone as it provides a strategic opportunity to discuss our sanitation challenges and proffer solutions. Adding that about 45 million Nigerians presently defecating in open, and about 2.5 million people out of this figure are residing in Adamawa State, according to sanitation coverage figures contained in the WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring report 2015; while the Multi Sector Indicator Cluster Survey (MISC) indicates that up to 32% or about 2.5 million people of the State lack access to safe sanitation facilities, a situation he described as unacceptable and needs to be addressed.
Barr. Musa Kaibo said, beyond providing toilets, Government will also set inclusive management structures to maintain these toilets.
It would be recalled that the United Nations in July, 2013 declared November 13 of every year as World Toilet Day to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis and this year’s theme is “Sanitation and Nutrition”.