Besides ending open defecation, the Federal Government is also prioritising the Clean Nigeria Campaign because of its importance to ongoing efforts to ensure poverty reduction, business growth, entrepreneurship, as well as better access to quality education and affordable healthcare, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed.
He made the submission in his speech delivered yesterday virtually at a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign.”
His words: “We are aware that access to adequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services is a critical factor in the socio-economic development of any nation and contributes to human capital outcomes such as early childhood survival, health and educational attainment.
Access to WASH services is also one of the key preventive measures in the raging global COVID-19 pandemic.”
On the role of the private sector in the actualisation of the objectives, he said: “The initiative of the Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) tagged ‘FLUSHIT’, which aims at promoting private sector-led innovative financial strategies in WASH, is a welcome development.”
Osinbajo stressed that “the role of the private sector is critical in building a virile sanitation economy which will drive the sustenance of the results being achieved under the Clean Nigeria Campaign.”