UNICEF has said that not less than 47 million Nigerians still indulge in open defecation in the country.

Water Sanitation And Hygiene,WASH specialist of UNICEF, Bioye Ogunjobi, said this in Kano on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day media dialogue organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.

The dialogue which is entitled: “Clean Nigeria:use the toilet”, will be engaging and enlightening people on the implications of open defecation and WASH related issues.

He noted that out of the 47 million people, North-Central region has 53.9 per cent which constitute 15 million people making it the highest region practicing open defecation.

Ogunjobi said the  South-West has 28 per cent, North-East has 21.8 per cent, North-West 10.3 per cent, South-South 17.9 per cent, while South-East has 22.4 per cent.

He disclosed that only 64 per cent of Nigerians had access to basic drinking water services, 42 per cent had access to basic sanitation services, while only 20 per cent have fixed lace for hand washing with soap and water.