The Senate has said that Nigeria’s economy was not spared from the scourging effect of open defecation as the country loses over three billion Dollars annually due to poor sanitation.
Sen. Clifford Ordia (PDP-Edo) stated this during plenary while leading the debate on the general principles of a Bill to prohibit open urination/open defecation.
Leading the debate, senator Clifford Ordia said that open defecation was not only a social stigma but also a factor contributing to violence against young girls and young married women.
He argued that the practice has had a negative effect on the populace and on the economy, making it almost impossible for the country to meet the 2030 deadline of achieving goal six of the United Nations Sustainable development goal.
The Goal six aims at ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Ordia said that considering the negative impacts and the socio-economic opportunities of urinating and defecating in the open, providing a legal frame work and creating an agency in the form of a subsidiary legislation was not only eminent but long overdue.
Contributing Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba) said the Bill should be given the needed support so that the country would come out a clean nation, a clean people with clean attitude.
The President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan thereafter referred the Bill to the Senate Committee on Water Resources to report back in three weeks.