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21 November 2019

President Buhari signs Executive Order to check open defecation.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed Executive Order Zero Zero Nine entitled, The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by Twenty-Twenty-five and Other Related Matters Order, Twenty-nineteen.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja noted that the Order, amongst others, declared that Nigeria was committed to being open defecation free by Twenty-Twenty-Five.

The presidential aide said the Executive Order 009 came into being as Nigeria was ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practicing open defecation; and that had contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

President Buhari had described the statistics on open defecation and access to pipe borne water service and sanitation as disturbing, and had declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Action Plan.

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