Nigeria will soon become number one in the global ranking of countries still practising Open Defecation (OD), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said.
With 47 million still practising open defecation, Nigeria is ranked second behind India with 550 million.
India, which set 1st October 2019 to end open defecation, has succeeded in removing over 400 million in the last four years.
Breakdown by region in the country shows that the North Central has 53.9%; South West has 28%; South East 22.4%; North East 21.8%; South-South 17% and North West 10.3%.
Speaking at a two- day dialogue on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Specialist UNICEF Nigeria, Mr. Bioye Ogunjobi, said:” India has a plan to end open defecation by 1st October 2019, which will likely catapult Nigeria to the number one ranking. ”
On what the country needed to do to address the situation the UNICEF WASH specialist said efforts must be made to ensure the 47 million Nigeria currently without access to toilet are made to use toilets.