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Why we’re collaborating with Sports Ministry to end open defecation – Adamu

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources is set to collaborate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on the Open Defecation-free campaign.

This was the outcome of the meeting between the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman H. Adamu and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare when the former paid him a courtesy visit on 12th January 2023 in the Ministry of Sports office, Abuja.

This was revealed over the weekend in a statement signed by Kenechukwu Offie, Director of Press, and Public Relations, adding that Adamu spoke extensively on the benefits to be derived in ending Open Defecation in Nigeria.

According to Engr Adamu, ending Open Defecation will not only help in curtailing cholera, diarrhea and other related diseases but will create massive employment for the teaming Nigerian Youths through the huge investment available from Sanitation Economy.

While explaining further the importance of ending open defecation in the country, Adamu noted that the involvement of Nigerian youths, particularly NYSC members in the success of the campaign, can not be overemphasized.

Speaking further, he stressed that 100 LGAs are already open defecation free, and Jigawa State is equally ODF.

He therefore implored the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to key into the programme so as to advance the course of meeting the 2025 target year of ending open defecation in Nigeria.

Adamu informed that it is also imperative to note that there is a huge investment potential of about $6.9 billion in financial terms as presented by the Sanitation Economy.

In his response, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare commended the effort of the Minister of Water Resources and his consistency in the works of the campaign.

He expressed unflinching support for the programme and his Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with the Ministry of Water Resources in this stride of ending open defecation in the country.

He said, “the centrality of Nigerian Youths in this whole process of driving the campaign to end open defecation by 2025 target year in Nigeria gladdens my heart. This effort is important, and creating awareness on open defecation is key. The Youth can help with creating this needed awareness from Federal to the Regional level.”

Dare, therefore, pledged that he would ensure that his ministry in conjunction with NYSC designs a programme that will revolve around ‘Youth in WASH’ and make the youth Ambassadors that will drive the process. He assured that with about 320,000 NYSC members on an annual basis, there is huge positive for the campaign.

The NYSC Ag. Director General, Mrs Uba also pledged to mobilize the NYSC members to support the Open Defecation campaign in order to meet the 2025 target of ending Open Defecation in Nigeria.

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