Federal Executive Council (FEC) has moved to halt open defecation in Nigeria with the approval ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign’ aimed at making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by the year 2025.
Water Resources Minister, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister revealed that FEC also approved an annual budget of N10.6billion for the smooth implementation of the campaign, saying that the funds would be sourced from budgetary allocation and grants from development partners.
He lamented that the campaign “has become necessary in view of the fact only 10 out of the 774 local governments are open defecation free.
“Ten out of 774 local governments is very decimal. But it’s work in progress but we also made some progress in that at least 20,000 to 21,000 communities in the country are open defecation free.
“But the problem is that we still have 47million people that are practicing open defecation and Nigeria has been moving up the ladder since 2012 from being number four or five in the world to now of having the ranking of number two.”
He noted that India that is rated number one on the world open defecation scale, has been working for the past four years to end the trend, such that it has moved over 500million of its people out of open defecation and plans to declare itself open defecation free by Oct. 2, 2019.
“Once that happens, Nigeria will be the number country in the world that practices open defecation and you would all agree with me that this is an honour we do not want to have,’’ he said
Adamu said that President Buhari and other cabinet members would be named first level Ambassadors for the Clean Nigeria Campaign and they would provide the needed leadership and commitment for the successful implementation of the campaign.
The Minister further revealed that the council approved N3.34billion for completion of the phase 2 of the Pategi Water supply scheme, in Niger State.
Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed that the Council also approved the procurement of fire service trucks at the cost of N420million for the Nigerian Content Monitoring Board in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
The FEC also approved the sum of N2.5billion naira for an NNPC contract for the provision of 30 kilometres pipeline installation for the supply of gas in the Niger Delta region of the country.
Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed that the Council approved the sum of N970.2 million for the provision of residential accommodation for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The accommodation, she said, is important because the NCS, being a para-military organisation, was trying to ensure that its members of staff were kept in barracks.
“What the Customs is acquiring is an estate that has a total of 42 flats and the total cost is N152 million per block of six units. The approval that we got today is in the total sum of N970.2 million inclusive of VAT.”
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