The Jigawa State Government on Wednesday disclosed that it has spent N500 million to provide improved latrines in public places across the state.
Ibrahim Hannungiwa, the Commissioner for Water Resources, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Dutse.
He said proactive measures had been adopted by the government to ensure the sustainability of its leading position as an Open Defecation Free, ODF, state.
“We have set up a committee to work out modalities for the sustainability of the ODF status.
Under this committee, more standard public conveniences would be provided at public places.
“The state government has done a lot especially in rural communities to enlighten the importance of using toilets.
“Jigawa state is the only and the first state so far declared by UNICEF as Open Defecation Free in Nigeria.”
Hannungiwa said the state governor, Umar Namadi, has also been appointed as ODF Ambassador by the UN Agency.