20 November 2017

Nigeria: 108 Million Nigerians Lack Toilet Facilities - UN

Photo: UN Photo/Patricia Esteve
World Toilet Day

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.

Other countries

India, with approximately 818 million people without toilet access, leads the list of countries where people have no toilets in their homes, followed by China with 607 million; Indonesia, 109 million and Pakistan, 98 million

According to World Health Organisation, WHO, data, 2.4 billion people are living without a toilet worldwide, while 10 percent of people meet their toilet needs out of doors.

Only 39 percent of the world's population use a toilet that is connected with safe sewage system. Also, it is believed that 10 percent of the world's population consumes food that has been smeared with waste water.

According to Amnesty International, millions of women and girls must walk at least 300 metres from their homes to find a suitable place to satisfy their toilet need.

By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 6, aim to reach everyone with sanitation, and halve the proportion of untreated waste water and increasing recycling and safe reuse.

More on This

Toilet Hygiene - a Practice That Will Keep Your Household Safe

Yesterday (November 19) was World Toilet Day, a day aimed at inspiring action to tackle global sanitation crises. In… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.