President Muhammadu Buhari has today signed an Executive Order 009 titled “The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order.”
The bill which takes effect from today 20th November 2019, a date it has been signed was necessitated by the fact that Nigeria was ranked second among nations with the highest number of peoples practicing open defecation a number which was put at 46million persons.
According to Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, the practice has negatively impacted on the Nigerian image and also seen as a failure of the Nation's ability to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Buhari has vowed to end the open defecation latest by 2025 in Nigeria as required by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)
Mr. President in his statement said it is pathetic to see that the country is still where it is going by the statistic of the open defecation and lack of access to pipe born water by the Nigerian citizen, saying his government will renew commitment to implement the National Water Supply and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan.
Consequently, he declared a state of Emergency on Nigerian water supply sanitation and hygiene sector saying this will go a long way in ensuring water-borne diseases are brought to the nearest minimum.
The order commits to undertake as follows;
“1. That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025.
“2. That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.
“3 (a). There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called “Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat”.