Open Defecation Free: UNICEF Certifies 2,285 Communities in Katsina State
By Uangbaoje Alex, Katsina
United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) says it has so far certified 2,285 communities in Katsina State Open Defecation Free (ODF).
UNICEF Water Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, Mr Bioye Ogunjobi, disclosed this in Katsina at the opening of a three-day workshop for Development of Katsina ODF Road Map Agenda on Tuesday.
Ogunjobi, while presenting an overview of the sanitation in Katsina, said that 10 per cent of the population in the state practice open defecation.
He said that 13 per cent of the people have access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The expert said that 39 per cent of the population also used safely managed sanitation facilities, while 85 per cent were using improved sanitation facilities.
Earlier, the UNICEF Chief Field Officer in charge of Kano and Katsina states, Mr Maulid Warfa, said that the workshop was aimed at assisting the state to get out of open defecation by 2025.
Warfa revealed that 24.4 per cent of people in Nigeria practice open defecation, while 10.6 per cent of people in Katsina State practice the ugly trend.
“This is a really large number; there are a lot of works that we need to do.
“I understand that a lot of works have been done where about 2,285 communities in Katsina State were certified open defecation free.
“By December this year, I hope at least two or three local government areas will be certified open defecation free,’’ he said.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa said that the state government would continue to invest in the area of human development to enhance sanitation and hygiene.
He said that the government would continue to honour all donor agencies agreement that would assist to take the state to greater heights.
Inuwa urged the participants to come out with a way forward on how to attain ODF status within the timeframe.