Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an Executive Order committing Nigeria to being “open defecation free by 2025”, according to a series of tweets from his spokesman Garba Shehu.
According to Garba Shehu, President Buhari, (on) Wednesday, signed Executive Order 009 entitled, The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order, 2019.
The Executive Order 009 came into being against the background that:
Nigeria is ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practicing open defecation estimated at over 46 million people. A practice which has had a negative effect on the populace, and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
Garba Shehu went further by saying, Nigeria has committed to end open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with her commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
This Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, November 20, 2019.