The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated 20 units of eco-friendly enviro-loo toilets to some communities in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Local Council Area (LCAs) in Lagos State.
Speaking at the inauguration of the facility in the slum communities, Senior Special Assistant, New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), Lagos State, Mr Ademola Amure said it was part of the state government’s efforts to improve sanitation, especially in rural areas.
According to Amure, about 119 million Nigerians lack adequate toilets, which makes 50 million of them to defecate in the open, a good majority of which comes from Lagos owing to its large population.
“The environmentally friendly solution is a partnership among the state government, UNICEF, NEPAD and Enviro-Loo to address the sanitation concerns of the people, because eradicating open defecation is government’s priority.”
He further said lack of water supply and power to manage a conventional toilet was the reason the government thought outside the box to find solution to the problem by providing the eco-friendly and water-free facility.
Adding that Lagos State was sitting on a high water table with limited access to electricity and pipe borne water in its rural areas, hence it deemed it necessary to adopt new alternatives to complement its sanitation efforts after considering all the potential options.
Amure charged well-meaning people and organised private sector to partner with NEPAD to expand the project to other areas in the state.
However, the state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Olutoyin Ayinde said discipline was key to achieving anything.