Ahead of the 2025 deadline to end open defecation, the Kwara State Government has announced that it has received 1,000 pour-flush toilets facilities from individuals.
Speaking in the state capital, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Rasaq declared this during a public lecture to mark the 2020 World Toilet Day.
“The gesture would assist the state in eradicating the practice soon,” the commissioner added.
Earlier last week, Harmony Times reports that a national survey has identified Kwara as the state with the highest prevalence of Open Defecation in Nigeria according to a 2019 assessment that was released few days ago.
The survey which was carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics in conjunction with UNICEF, World Bank and African Development Bank assessed the WASH-NORM(Water Sanitation and Hygiene-National Outcome Routine Mapping) in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
According to statistics, the state has a very poor indice of 14 which is far below the National outlook that was placed at 44 when access to basic sanitation services was assessed and an indice of 64% against the national performance of 23% to place the state on the least of the rung when open defecation was assessed ahead of other North central states like Plateau and Kogi.74