He recently revealed this at the official launch of the 2019 Water supply, Sanitation, and hygiene, national outcome routing mapping (WASH-NORM) on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the percentage of the population with access to basic water supply services has kept increasing since last year, and he is pleased with the steady growth.
He added that the number of people practicing open defecation has marginally changed from 24 percent in 2018 to 23 percent last year, which is another good development.
His words, “On access to sanitation, indicators across the country show a slight improvement as 44 percent of the population was found to have access to basic sanitation services in 2019 compared to 42 percent in 2018.”
“The number of people practicing open defecation has marginally changed from 24 percent in 2018 to 23 percent in 2019.”
“In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that the gaps in handwashing should immediately be seen as a major public health issue.
“In the light of the current WASH status, stronger high-level commitments with policy initiatives based on evidence-informed interventions to close the gaps in access to WASH services are needed.”
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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.
He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.
Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.
Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.
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