United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says over 46 million Nigerians still practice open defecation, with 32 percent living in rural areas and 12 percent in urban areas.
This figure is in sharp contrast with the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG) target by 2030, which aims at achieving universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.
The latest figure shows that more Nigerians have access to cell phones than they have to toilets.
UNICEF’s Chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), UNICEF, Zaid Jurji, who made this statement quoted a 2018 report of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
According to the NCC 2018 report, 140 million people in Nigeria have access to cell phones, while only 97 million have access to improved sanitation.
Mr Jurji was speaking at a two-day media dialogue on European Union Niger Delta Water Project, in Port Harcourt Monday.
He said sanitation sector in Nigeria is severely under resourced, as sanitation is only 19 per cent of WASH budget.