David Alaba, a Real Madrid player, has received praise for giving the Ogere Remo community in Ogun State a biodegradable toilet.
Through the David Alaba Foundation, the player gave N13.3 million in December 2021 to help Nigerians build toilets.
The federal government applauded the Austrian international who is of Nigerian descent on Friday in a statement released by Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu.
Mr. Adamu argued that if Nigeria was to abolish the practice of open defecation by 2025, private sector participation was essential.
According to him, rapid toilet provision by philanthropy and backing from the commercial sector and diaspora will go a long way.
Collaboration with the Organized Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS- WASH), the Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC), and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission allowed for the commissioning.
The minister re-emphasized that the goal of the Clean Nigeria Campaign was to mobilize high-level political backing, resources, and the entire public in order to create a new culture of healthy sanitation.
He continued by noting that Alaba and his foundation’s admirable effort was one that should be emulated and that the fight to stop open defecation required the support and dedication of all parties.
The minister urged Nigerians living abroad to support the initiative by engaging the business sector, noting that as a result of the Clean Nigeria Campaign, 84 LGAs were now open defecation-free (ODF).
“Jigawa is on the verge of achieving a state-wide ODF status with just one more LGA to go. Nigeria has been given the hosting rights for the 2022 World Toilet Summit and we want active participation.”
Alaba was a true Nigerian, according to the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, and the gesture added a new dimension to community development for a better society.
Abiodun urged the populace to always include restrooms in their development plans through his Commissioner for Special Duties, Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan.
However, he guaranteed the determination of the state administration to keep restrooms available in public areas like parks and markets.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, stated that the effort was in line with NiDCOM’s goal to utilize the talents of Nigerians abroad for the advancement of the country.
Oladipo Odebowale, speaking on behalf of Dabiri-Erewa, asked Nigerians and Diasporans to imitate the admirable act in order to assist efforts for national progress.
Dr. Nicholas Igwe, the Coordinator of OPS-WASH, emphasized the value of cooperation and partnership and stated that the private sector would continue to engage with all stakeholders to meet the 2025 ODF target.
According to Chizoba Opara, coordinator of the Clean Nigeria Campaign, ODF Nigeria is feasible with the correct amount of political will and cooperation from all parties involved.
Highlights of the event included the dedication of the restroom and the David Alaba Foundation’s presentation of autographed Real Madrid jerseys to three deserving winners.