The federal government on Friday congratulated David Alaba, a renowned Real Madrid footballer, for donating biodegradable toilets to the Ogere Remo community in Ogun state.
Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu said in a statement on Friday that the involvement of the private sector is essential if Nigeria ends the practice of open defecation by 2025.
According to him, the engagement and support of the private sector and the Diaspora through accelerated provision of toilets through philanthropy will go a long way.
The commissioning was made possible through collaboration with the Organized Private Water Sanitation and Hygiene Sector (OPS-WASH), Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC) and the Commission for Nigerians in Diaspora .
The Minister reaffirmed that Clean Nigeria Campaign aims to mobilize high level political support, resources and the entire population to build a new culture of safe sanitation.
He added that such a commendable project by Alaba and his foundation deserves to be emulated, saying the quest to end open defecation requires input and commitment from all stakeholders.
The Minister urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to mobilize support for the campaign through private sector engagement, adding that under the Clean Nigeria campaign, 84 LGAs are now Open Defecation Free (ODF).
“Jigawa is close to achieving statewide ODF status with just one more LGA, Nigeria has secured hosting rights for the 2022 Global Toilet Summit and we want active participation “, he added.
The Governor of Ogun State, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, said Alaba was a true Nigerian, saying the gesture was a new dimension in community development for a better society.
Abiodun, represented by its Special Duty Commissioner, Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, called on people to always incorporate toilets into their building plan.
He, however, pledged the state government’s determination to maintain toilets in public places such as parks and markets.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the initiative goes hand in hand with NiDCOM’s mandate to harness the potential of Nigerians in the Diaspora for growth and development. national development.
Dabiri-Erewa, represented by Mr. Oladipo Odebowale, urged other Diasporas and Nigerians to emulate this dignified gesture, as support for national development efforts.
The Coordinator, PAHO-WASH, Dr. Nicholas Igwe, stressed the importance of collaboration and partnership, saying the private sector will continue to work with all stakeholders to achieve the 2025 ODF target.
The Clean Nigeria Campaign Coordinator, Mrs. Chizoba Opara, said ODF Nigeria was achievable with political goodwill and the collective support of all stakeholders.
The highlights of the event were the inauguration of the toilets and the distribution of Real Madrid shirts autographed to three winners by the David Alaba Foundation. (NOPE)