Stakeholders have called for the implementation of the National Housing Policy as a means to mitigate the problem of Open Defecation in the country.

Speaking at a Media Dialogue on ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Bureau, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, UNICEF WASH specialist, Bioye Ogunjobi noted that a lot of houses in Nigeria are built without toilets, adding that this encourages open defecation practice.

UNICEF WASH specialist, Bioye Ogunjobi

He stressed the need for state governments to engage the services of environmental workers, especially sanitary inspectors to ensure full enforcement and compliance to the national housing policy.

Ogunjobi observed that Nigeria needs eight million toilets within the next four years in order to be open defecation free by 2025.

He lamented that over 47 million Nigerians practice Open defecation adding that out of the number, 16 million live in the north central part of the country.