The federal government has inaugurated the planning committee for the 2022 World Toilet Summit scheduled to hold in Nigeria on the 19th of November, 2022.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman H. Adamu, who inaugurated the committee at the conference hall of the ministry in Abuja on Thursday said Nigeria was selected to host the event due to its campaign at eliminating open defecation in 2025, tagged ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign.
The minister said the campaign launched in November 2019, was informed by Nigeria’s unfortunate position on the global ladder of countries with the highest number of open defecation cases estimated at 46 million persons.
He said the campaign which was immediately followed by the signing of Executive Order 009 has recorded 78 Local Government Areas as open defecation free. He observed that a lot still has to be done to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
The minister stated that the 2022 World Toilet Summit is expected to bring together Government Actors, Private Sector Players, Development Partners and other Sector Stakeholders to highlight the issue of open defecation and bring it to public focus.
The Committee which is charged with the responsibility of planning and hosting a successful summit will be chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack and Co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment.
Nigeria was announced as the host of the 2022 World Toilet Submit by the World Toilet Organization on the 22nd February 2022.
The summit holds on an annual basis alongside the World Toilet Day Celebration, a United Nations recognized global day for raising awareness of the global sanitation crisis.