Despite huge technological, scientific and industrial advances, an estimated 108 million Nigerians still lack access to toilets, the United Nations stated yesterday on this year’s World Toilet Day, on the theme Wastewater.
Currently, available data show that 67 percent do not have a decent toilet, 33 percent lack clean water, and 26 percent practice open defecation.
According to WaterAid, Nigeria will only be able to deliver a community source of clean water within a 30-minute round trip to everyone by 2039. WaterAid is an international non-profit organisation set up in 1981 as a response to the UN International Drinking Water & Sanitation decade.
At the current rates of progress, it is estimated that Nigeria will never reach the point where everyone has the basic sanitation services.
The United Nations also notes that women and girls, who meet their toilet needs out in the open, sometimes become vulnerable to rape and other forms of sexual violence.