We spent N500m on toilets, Jigawa commissioner says
The Jigawa administration claims to have spent N500 million installing better restrooms at state-wide schools, hospitals, marketplaces, and parking lots.
Alhaji Ibrahim Hannungiwa, the Commissioner for Water Resources, made this announcement on Wednesday in Dutse. He also mentioned that the government has taken aggressive steps to guarantee the state’s continued leadership as a “Open Defecation Free” state.
Hannungiwa claims that by 2025, the state hopes to have surpassed the country’s ODF target.
Hannungiwa said the feat was achieved by putting in a lot of effort through the execution of viable policies and programmes in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The Commissioner added that the state had set up a committee to work out modalities for the sustainability of its ODF status by ensuring total eradication of the menace.
“Under this committee, more standard public conveniences would be provided at public places and along highways in the state.
“The state government has done a lot in the area of public enlightenment on the importance of using toilets, especially in rural communities.
“Jigawa State is the first and the only state so far declared Open Defeacation Free in the country by the UNICEF,” he said, adding that the UN Agency appointed the state governor, Umar Namadi, as ODF Ambassador.
He said the governor is expected to deliver a paper on the Nigerian situation in the fight against the ODF at a conference billed to be held in Canada.