The Minister for Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu has disclosed that open defecation would be outlawed in Nigeria by 2025.

Suleiman stated this while speaking at an event to mark the World Water day organized by Procter and Gamble and Global Citizen in Abuja on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Speaking at the event, Suleiman noted that the Federal Government would also provide safe drinking water and ensure proper sanitation across the country.

He also stated that the government was working assiduously to create a proper environment for its citizens.

In his words; “It is a very important partnership and it is not like we have not been doing this before we have been partnering with water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and I have also had the opportunity to host Procter and Gamble in 2016 and since then I have attended a couple of their program.

“I think the whole thing is moving to the next level and stepping up what we have been doing and that is very important. As a government, the last few months, we have been making giant strides to really have a quick change with the situation of our WASH sector and this event and the collaboration is coming at the right time when we are trying to scale up our processes so, it is very welcome.

“Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, forms a central part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it is imperative that good progress is made towards achieving it.

“The contribution and commitment of everyone is required to ensure deliberate attention is given to WASH and accelerate a Nigeria with safe drinking water and no open defecation that is why the efforts of Procter & Gamble and Global Citizen to provide safe drinking water is highly commendable.”

Also present at the event was the Associate Director of Global Government Relations in Africa of Procter and Gamble, Temitope Iluyemi.

During his speech, Iluyemi pointed out that the company was making sure that clean water pervades the world.

“For P&G, it is a global corporate social responsibility program, we support this all around the world, and we would try and go as far as possible. We will also address these issues when there are disasters like and this will happen not only in Nigeria but other parts of the world,” Iluyemi said.

Commenting on the achievements of P&G through the CSDW Program, Adil Farhat, Managing Director, P&G Nigeria said: “We excited about this 15 billion liters milestone and are committed to providing access to clean water for more families in the year ahead. P&G has provided approximately 240 million liters of clean water in Nigeria since the program began in 2004 and we will intensify our WASH efforts in schools and continue our work in collaboration with many stakeholders.”

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