A report jointly released by the National Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF stated that Nigerians spent a total of N3.3 trillion on total water and hygiene expenses in 2019.
This was disclosed by Mr Sunday Ichedi, Head, Public Affairs and International Relations at NBS in a statement over the weekend in the NBS 2019 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH -NORM II) survey.
What the NBS is saying
- Over 66% of all drinking water in Nigerian households was contamination free.
- The 2018 reports revealed only 11% of Nigerians had total access to water and sanitation services, the figure reduced to just 9% in the 2019 WASH – NORM II survey.
- “In 2018, about 68% of Nigerians had access to basic drinking water services as against 70% in 2019,” Ichedi said.
- The use of basic sanitation services was 42% in 2018 as against 44% in 2019.
The NBS also disclosed that the 2018 report also indicates that 47 million Nigerians practiced open defecation as against 46 million in 2019.
“In 2018, only 21% of households had handwashing facilities available on the premises with water and soap as against 16% that had access to basic hygiene services,” the report added.
Ichedi revealed that the NBS, in partnership with the UNICEF and Ministry of Water Resources seeks to conduct another WASH – NORM Survey, to access new information on Nigerian access to hygiene, water and sanitation.
“This is to enable evidence-based decision making, track changes on SDG six as well as the efficient application of resources towards the improvement of access to WASH services in Nigeria,” the NBS said.