FCT minister announces construction of 10,000 public toilets

As part of measures to address the threat of open defecation in the nation’s capital, FCT Minister of State Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu announced the construction of 10,000 public facilities in the Territory of the Federal Capital (FCT).

At the ceremony, the minister said in 2014, Nigeria embarked on an ambitious 5-year mission to eliminate open defecation nationwide, building millions of toilets and aiming to change the behavior of millions of Nigerians.

Aliyu said that in the FCT, one in three people practice open defecation, or about 37% of the population, just as she called on FCT RUWASSA and all stakeholders to accelerate actions and efforts to make FCT open defecation free.

She said, “On November 9, 2021, the FCT administration launched an action plan to end open defecation by 2025. The plan is to provide equitable access to health services. water, sanitation and hygiene and to strengthen community-based approaches to total sanitation”.

She said the optimal benefits that flow from an adequate water supply cannot be achieved without a corresponding improvement in sanitation and hygiene practices, adding that access to adequate drinking water and sanitation practices and sanitation play an important role in defining a nation’s human capital development. .

The Minister added that the administration of the FCT will continue to support and encourage private sector collaboration and participation in the provision of public amenities in the territory, in line with the commitment to work with the private sector to create jobs. , while improving the standard of living of the population.

Aliyu commended the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, UNICEF, WaterAid, Lixil Corporation, USAID, JICA and other development partners for their support and collaboration with the FCT administration to end the open defecation before 2025.

The FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, who was represented by a Director in his office, Mr. Prospect Ibe, said that the FCT administration has drawn up a roadmap to end defecation in the air in the territory by 2025, in accordance with national policies. goal and vision.

He added that the roadmap sets out a comprehensive set of transitions that the administration considers essential to achieving the water and sanitation vision, adding that the administration would accelerate the deployment of infrastructure and technologies that will support universal access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation nationwide in line with the Abuja Master Plan.