Clean water and sanitation can transform lives.

This notion is not lost on Nigeria’s Federal Government, which, earlier this year, announced an official state of emergency for clean water and sanitation in the country. This was founded by the fact that 70% of Nigerians today live without access to basic clean drinking water and sanitation, while 1 in 4 Nigerians don’t have access to safe toilets and are forced to defecate in the open.

The good news? Nigeria has already promised to revitalize access to sanitation nationwide — including committing to ensure no-one is forced to defecate in the open by 2025 or sooner. However, for this to become a reality, state governments need to step up and significantly increase the money they spend on sanitation.

A number of Nigerian states — including Cross River, Ondo, and Edo — have already committed to providing their citizens with clean water and putting an end to open defecation. 

Over the last year, Global Citizens have taken over 150,000 actions calling on state governors to act — but we need your voice now. As we approach 2020 — a pivotal year for achieving the end of extreme poverty — Global Citizen is ramping up efforts to ensure all Nigerians can live healthy lives without fear of assault and deadly water-borne diseases that often come hand in hand with open defecation, unclean water, and a lack of sanitation. 

We are now calling on a number of state governments, including Kano, Akwa Ibom, and Borno to invest between USD $14-21 million to help provide clean water and safe toilets for the citizens they represent. These states have recently expressed interest in committing to water and sanitation — let’s get them over the line! 

Join us in calling on Kano, Akwa Ibom, and Borno to help fulfill Nigeria’s goal of an open defecation free nation by 2025.