If you want to gauge how badly Nigerians have been animalized, then pay attention to how, and where, many of them defecate. Just recently, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that 33 million Nigerians have no access to decent toilets. As a consequence, said the report, these citizens of Africa’s most populous nation answer the call of nature in the open.
Is it really only 33 million Nigerians? One is afraid that here’s one occasion when statisticians have pegged the figure too low. Nigeria – as I wrote three years ago – may be described as one vast toilet. Anybody who has traveled from Lagos to Onitsha by road knows that there isn’t one single rest area with toilet facilities along the route. At stops in Ore or Benin City, pressed passengers must hurry off into the brushes, gingerly skating around others’ feces, in order to relieve themselves.
- Re: Greywater Reuse for Irrigation Purposes - by: canaday September 29, 2016Dear Marina, This is an important issue, but we need to know more about the situation. What country is it? What is the climate? What crops are being grown? At first glance, it seems the greywater could first pass through an Anaerobic Baffled Reactor (ABR) to separate solids, grease, and maybe even biogas. Next, if food crops that are eaten raw are to be irri […]
- Re: Theme 1: Policy Issues on the Regional and Global Level - by: ThomasLangkau September 29, 2016Dear all, We received a mail from Remigius Mdetele which we would like to share with you: Its true that most of schools do not have enough education concerning the issues relating with WASH in schools. This problem is great to school committees in rural and urban and to persons living with HIV/AIDS or in live in areas with scarcity of water supply. The situa […]
- Re: Makers and Shakers of Urban Sanitation: Unthinking the Debate - by: nityajacob September 29, 2016Posted on behalf of Ajit Seshadri At the outset I appreciate efforts afforded by Dr. Ms. Renu Khosla, Director .Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE). And that they seek to unthink and reimagine and innovate urban slum development. CURE believes that there must be equality and that all, especially the poor, must get access to taps and toilets easil […]
- Re: Makers and Shakers of Urban Sanitation: Unthinking the Debate - by: nityajacob September 29, 2016Posted on behalf of Shrikant Limaye The Swachh Bharat Mission - SBM (Urban) has increased our problem in Vijayanagar Colony area in Pune. Ours is a colony of Bungalows and we have lots of trees especially mango & coconut trees. As soon as the SBM started they removed the main, big dustbins provided by Municipal Corporation for recyclable and non-recyclab […]
- Re: Makers and Shakers of Urban Sanitation: Unthinking the Debate - by: nityajacob September 29, 2016Posted on behalf of Rashid Kidwai, India Sanitation Coalition In urban areas, who is responsible for providing the sanitation requirements, which would include toilets, their maintenance, and the disposal and treatment of waste? I believe the primary responsibility is that of municipalities. I see a reasonable effort by different ministries and departments o […]
- Re: Greywater Reuse for Irrigation Purposes - by: canaday September 29, 2016
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