The United Nations Children’s Fund has revealed it has disbursed N70 million to 3,000 households in four states in Nigeria as a loan to construct improved toilets, under its Sanitation Marketing Programme.
The listed states include Katsina, Jigawa, Bauchi, and Benue states as the states that benefited from the loans.
Mr. Amir Syed, the UNICEF International Consultant on Sanitation Marketing, disclosed this in a news conference on Wednesday in Katsina.
He added that the loan is to assist Nigeria to attain Open Defecation Free status by 2025.
According to him, the loan was disbursed through some Micro Finance Institutions in the participating states.
Seyd said 18 local government areas in Nigeria were currently participating in the programme.
The international consultant explained that Toilets Business Owners, trained on toilet technologies were engaged to construct the improved toilets for the affected households.
In his contribution, the Executive Director, Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, said the programme was being implemented in five local governments in the state.
According to him, the local governments are Bakori, Mai’adua, Sandamu, Safana, and Dutsin-ma.