The Federal Government says Nigeria now ranks number one in the world with people practicing open defecation.
Mr Suleiman Adamu, the Minister, Ministry of Water Resources disclosed this while declaring open a two-day Private Sector Forum on Sanitation, on Monday in Abuja.
The forum was organized by Organised Private Sector on Sanitation with the theme:” Coordinating Indigenous Private Sector Initiatives to End Open Defecation in Nigeria”.
It would be recalled that on Oct 2. India exited as world number one with the highest number of people practicing open defecation in the world.
According to Adamu, Nigeria currently ranks at number one, in terms of the number of people practicing open defecation in Africa.
“Moreover, we are on the brink of being ranked first globally, as approximately 47 million people do not have access to sanitation services in its most basic form.
“Understandably, this is a serious concern to all of us as it has immense economic consequences and also hinders the social development of the country,” he said.