AHEAD of 2017 World
Toilet Day, WTD, Federal
Government, FG, through
the Federal Ministry of
Environment has said
that it will ensure access
to sanitary facilities
in public premises for
public use.
The Minister of State
for Environment, Ibrahim
Jibril Usman disclosed
this in Abuja, Yesterday
at the commencement
of activities for the
celebration of World
Toilet Day.
Usman said that 36
States are to reintroduce
the National Monthly
Environmental Sanitation
Day exercise with a
modified approach on
such controversial aspect
as the limitation to citizens’
freedom of movement.
He said that each 774
Local Government Areas
is to provide sites and an
enabling environment for
Private Sector to construct
Sanitary Facilities.
Minister said that the
National Council on
Environment approved
the establishment of a
Sanitation Desk Officer
in each of the 774 Local
Government Area, urging
the Council Members to
ensure implementation of
these resolution nationwide.
He therefore used the
opportunity to solicit
support of the Development
Partners, NGOs, and private
sectors for the Sanitation
Programme of the Ministry.

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Jibril also has Nigerians to
construct toilets in homes
and public places so as to
prevent the outbreak of
Nigerian Pilot gathered
that t the United Nations
General Assembly has set
aside November 19 every
year as the World Toilet Day
because of the relevance
of toilets to environmental
The Minister of state for
Environment who stressed
further on the need for
environmental sanitation
in efforts to promote
preventive health care,
said if people built and
used clean toilets, it would
improve their well-being.
He said that the purpose
of celebrating the World
Toilet Day was to reawaken

societal consciousness on
the importance of having
and using safe toilets in
every household.
According to him, the
celebration was also aimed
at improving hygiene and
tackling the menace of open
defecation in the society.
“For this year’s event
here in Nigeria, the Federal
Ministry of Environment,
in collaboration with other
stakeholders, has put
together series of activities
to commemorate the day,
with a particular emphasis
on institutional sanitation.
“We have noted with
dismay the sad fact that
public conveniences in
many institutions such as
government offices, markets,
petrol stations, private and

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public schools are in a
deplorable state,’’ he said.
The minister urged
all stakeholders,
including the media,
to sensitise Nigerians
to the importance of
environmental sanitation
and the need to make
their toilets clean and
accessible to the members
of the public.
He also called for the
construction of good
sewage systems across the
country, urged relevant
stakeholders to take a
cue from the activities
of a human waste
management company in
Jibril said that in the
course of treating human
waste, the company
produced bio-gas to
power its plant, turned
the waste into organic
fertiliser for farmers
and treated the water
recovered from the waste
for irrigation and other
farming purposes.
The Minister urged
Nigerians to deploy and
make use of social media
to create awareness on
critical challenges to
environmental sanitation
especially, the need to
refrain from activities that
will lead to unsanitary
and unhygienic.
He said that some
measures were put in
place by his ministry
towards addressing
the challenges of
Environmental Sanitation
in the country.
The Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry,
Dr. Shehu Mahmud
Usman Ahmed, who
showed appreciation of
Nigeria to join the rest of
the world celebrate WTD,
said that it is important to
reflect more on the theme
on the main day which he
disclosed to be “ Waste
Water Management”.

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