Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation By Tosin Kolade.
News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam, a community in Dugabau Ward, Kabo Local Government in Kano State, by-laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating.
This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5,000 fine as a deterrent for others.
On a visit to the community, one would observe the presence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM) members.
They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors, to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities.
From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets, to monitoring usage, this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation.
In Maikalwa Yanma, a community under Nai’bawa ward, Kumbotso LGA, Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF-supported Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, many communities have imbibed hygiene practices.
Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces, proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly-fitted drop hole covers.
This, he said, has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths, especially among under-five children.
Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule.
“There is a very big impact, let us take the previous year.
In the previous year, there was not much rainfall, and the high rate of sickness was pronounced.
“In comparison with this year, the rainfall is high, much rainfall, but the rate of sickness is very low, considering the sensitisation, the knowledge of the hygiene programme,” he said.
Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation, estimated at over 47 million.
The practice has had a negative effect on the populace, especially children, in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the MDG target.
The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country, in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation.
This initiative tagged “Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025: A National Roadmap” was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria.
In 2016, the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria.
The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing.
It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places; Community -Led Total Sanitation; promotional and media campaigns; creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism.
At the same time, many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation.
For this reason, the Director, FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Dr. Mohammed Dan-Hassan, said it was constructing 10,000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory.
Dan-Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.
He explained that in actualisation of the president’s directives, the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025. The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors, only 10 toilets had been built so far, with work ongoing at 65 other sites.
Dan-Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT, saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges.
However, many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat.
Also, with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November, many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges.
Mr Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), while making the announcement, said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change.
Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque, Chief Executive Officer, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally.
De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria, for prioritising Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, adding that Nigeria’s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit.
“I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit.
Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary, with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government.
“While progress has been hampered by COVID-19, their resolve to tackle open defecation, improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent,’’ she said.
Dr Nicholas Igwe, National Coordinator, Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water, Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria.
Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation.
He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household.
Igwe said that the measure was a multi -stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment.
“We, the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown.
“We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household,” he said.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development.
Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation.
The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free (ODF) Campaign was launched in November 2019, and was aimed at mobilising high level political support, resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.
He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part.
“I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country,’’ Adamu said.
Nevertheless, some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.
They said having an enabling environment, leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation-free target.
They added that working together with communities, civil society, development agencies, private sector and government at sub-national levels is crucial.
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Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu on Thursday commended Jigawa, as the first state to be declared Open Defecation-Free (ODF), having met all requirements stipulated in the protocol.
Adamu said this at a world news conference on preparation for the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November.
He said that Jigawa had blazed the trail deserving commendation for its dedication to the work of becoming ODF.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( recalls that the National Task Group on Sanitation had declared the state ODF during an announcement, virtually at the NTGS monthly meeting.
NAN reports that before attaining the ODF status, communities would have eliminated open defecation and imbibed total sanitation practices, which include personal, environmental and domestic hygiene.
The communities would have also had 100 per cent toilet use and increased ownership and sustainability of hygiene and sanitation services.
The minister also commended the Clean Nigeria campaign team and UNICEF for their steadfastness to the National Roadmap of making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025. According to him, the summit which Nigeria is hosting, is a platform for stakeholders, development partners and high-level decision makers to better strategise and address in-country sanitation challenges.
“They will proffer solutions that will help to resolve the issues around open defecation.
It is also a perfect opportunity to mobilise national engagement in the sector by different stakeholders, especially the private sector.
“It is important at this point to effectively communicate the activities lined up for the summit to all Nigerians and the other stakeholders across the world.
“With the hosting right granted to Nigeria, it is expected that it will be a massive boost to the campaign in such a way that the information about ending the menace of open defecation will be taken to all nooks and crannies of the country,’’ Adamu said.
He said Nigeria was not relenting in its efforts in ensuring that all the 774 local government areas in the country are open defecation free.
Adamu said that the summit would showcase lively discussions on behavioural change, new sanitation projects and programmes.
He however said Nigeria needs all the support it can get in ensuring that all initiatives gain traction, recognising the significant role of the private sector in boosting the sanitation value chain.
The minister said this would create a circular economy across the value chain which could boost the country’s economic indices and have positive impacts across other sectors.
The Bauchi State Task Group for Sanitation (STGS) has urged the state government to prioritise disease prevention through adequate access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in the state.
The Chairperson of STGS, Hajiya Halima Mohammed, made the call while briefing stakeholders at the end certification exercise in 321 communities in Bauchi and Katagum councils on Monday in Bauchi.
Mohammed said that absence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM) were responsible for poor hygiene practices in most communities aspiring to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030. She urged government to continue to prioritise and promote disease prevention through adequate and equitable access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in the state.
She said that most communities visited by the group had no established and trained WASHCOMS.
She attributed this to the absence of latrines and hand washing facilities in schools, places of worship and households.
“During our inspection, we observed weak evidence of follow ups by the WASH units of both Bauchi and Katagum local councils.
“There was also improper documentation and record keeping.
“Community inspection should be a routine exercise if local councils truly wish to attain ODF status by 2030,” she said.
The STGS chairperson observed that some communities were inaccessible due to flooding which also resulted in the collapse of several toilets.
“It is incumbent on local councils to ensure proper funding of the WASH units of their councils to enable them perform optimally in checking the spread of diseases within the communities,” she said Mohammed enjoined the rural water agencies and councils to engage community leaders, health practitioners and community-led sanitation monitoring groups to complement the efforts of WASH units in the sensitisation.
Earlier, Mr Ibrahim Yusuf, the General Manager of Bauchi State Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA), commended the STGS for their advisory role to the agency.
He assured that the agency’s team of experts would put machinery in motion to address identified challenges for more local councils to attain open defecation free status before the end of the year.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says efforts are on to use the FCT as an Open Defecation-Free (ODF) model for other states to learn from.
Adamu, who told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said that the approach was to consolidate on current progress, in collaboration with the Clean Nigeria Campaign secretariat.
He said the FCT administration had supported the approach with the donation of 80 locations to be used for the construction of public toilets within the nations’ capital.
He said a lot of work was being done in the Kuje Area council to get it open defecation-free before the end of 2022. “In the FCT, the FCT administration has just given us about 80 locations for people to build public toilets so that we start with the FCT, and then the Clean Nigeria Campaign also, we have taken a position that we are going to put a lot of support on FCT.
“I think we are now working on Kuje area council, hopefully, we will get it open defecation free, before the end of the year, I hope.
So we are going to make the FCT as a model for the rest of the country, that is our new approach now.
“We have also had a lot of engagement with ALGON, we have the National Orientation Agency, a lot is going on, and I hope before the end of the year, we will begin to see something.
“Regarding open defecation at least in the FCT, very soon, it’s going to be a thing of the past, because its private sector-driven and the FCT has given the land, people will build the toilets themselves and they will charge the fee for people to use it for whatever, shower, and the rest of it.
’’ He noted that with strong political will and investments in sanitation, it had a huge potential to promote socio-economic development in the country.
According to him, the Nigerian Government has shown the biggest commitment with the declaration of a state of emergency in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector.
The minister however called on all tiers of government to demonstrate strong political will for Nigeria to meet its open defecation-free target by 2025. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in February, the FCT Rural Water Supply Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) called for collaboration to build 2, 000 toilets in public places to enable the FCT to achieve open defecation-free status in the six area councils by 2025. The Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister of State Mohammed Usman noted that the administration is making all efforts to ensure that Abuja and its environs is open defecation-free by 2025. Noting that some communities in the FCT are already attaining the status, he urged RUWASA to increase the tempo to ensure that more communities are free of the menace.
He said that 40 per cent of FCT residents still defecate in the open.
He stressed the need for all stakeholders, the private sector, to collaborate with the administration in realising its objective.
The Federal Government on Friday commended David Alaba, a renowned Real Madrid footballer, for donating a biodegradable toilet to Ogere Remo community in Ogun State.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, in a statement on Friday, said private sector involvement was critical if Nigeria would end open defecation practice by 2025. According to him, private sector and Diaspora engagement and support through accelerated provisions of toilets by philanthropy will go a long way.
The commissioning was made possible through collaboration with Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS- WASH), Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC) and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
The minister reaffirmed that Clean Nigeria Campaign was targeted at mobilising high-level political support, resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.
He added that such commendable project by Alaba and his foundation was worthy of emulation, saying the quest to end open defecation required the contribution and commitment of all stakeholders.
The minister urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to mobilise support for the campaign through private sector engagement, adding that under 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,’’ Governor of Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, said Alaba was a true Nigerian, saying the gesture was a new dimension in community development for a better society.
Abiodun, represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties, Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, appealed to the people to always incorporate toilets into their building plan.
He, however, pledged the state government’s resolve to maintain toilets in public places such as parks and markets.
The , Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the initiative was in tandem with NiDCOM’s mandate of harnessing the potentials of Nigerians in Diaspora for national growth and development Dabiri-Erewa, represented by Mr Oladipo Odebowale, urged other Diasporans and Nigerians to emulate the worthy gesture, as a support to national development efforts.
The Coordinator, OPS-WASH, Dr Nicholas Igwe, emphasised the significance of collaboration and partnership, saying the private sector would continue to work with and all stakeholders to achieve the 2025 ODF target.
Clean Nigeria Campaign Coordinator, Mrs Chizoba Opara, said ODF Nigeria was achievable with the right political will and collective support of all stakeholders.
High points of the occasion were the unveiling of the toilet facility and the distribution of autographed Real Madrid Jerseys to three successful winners by the David Alaba Foundation.
Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, the Executive Director of the Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) has said continued insecurity in seven frontline local government areas was delaying the achievement of a state-wide open defecation-free status.
Dayyabu told the News Agency of Nigeria that the frontline local governments are; Batsari, Danmusa, Faskari, Funtua, Kankara and Jibia.
He said that 26 out of 34 LGAs have been verified and Certified Open Defecation-Free (ODF).
According to him, the state achieved such feat following the highest political will from all stakeholders and interventions from development partners.
“The state government and the local government have been able to deliver four local governments as ODF, through the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions in Katsina state.
“So you see, we are moving, if not because of the security challenges that we are facing, especially in the frontline LGAs, I tell you, we would have delivered Katsina state ODF by the end of this year.
“We are watching, we are putting our fingers crossed, as soon as the situation improved, we will be able to go and verify.
“And even in these seven frontline LGAs, it does not mean that something is not happening.
We have the institution there, they are working day and night.
’’ Dayyabu said the state was not in competition with Jigawa to attain state-wide ODF status, but to see how to improve access to potable water and sanitation for its populace.
He said provision of these facilities in an enabling environment, would stop open defecation practice, and would translate to increase in the health status, having a multiplier effect.
“ I tell you that we are working underground and it has really shown, because this year, the level of cholera outbreak that we use to have has reduced significantly.
“This is due to the effect of work that RUWASSA and the water and sanitation department are doing in Katsina State.
’’ He noted that implementation of the Village Level Operation and Maintenance (VLOM) strategy had seen the involvement of the communities in maintenance of their water facilities.
He said communities that have taken ownership had avoided mishandling and abandonment that may have occurred.
Access to Basic Sanitation Services by States, and Open Defecation by States (WASH NORM Report 2019)The WASH NORM report is a summary of annual survey usually carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, with technical and financial support from the UNICEF, World Bank and African Development Bank. According to this 2019 document, 64 per cent of residents in Kwara engaged in the practice of open defecation, followed by Plateau, 61; while Ebonyi and Kogi trailed, but tied at 58 per cent prevalence.
The findings noted, as well, that only 14 per cent of people in Kwara, Oyo and Ebonyi had access to basic sanitation services.
All in all, the report showed that 44 million people openly defecated in Nigeria for the year, a figure that now soared to 48 million in the 2021 report, released recently.
Nigeria displaced India in the year to emerge the first on the rung of countries with the highest prevalent cases globally.
Open defecation has devastating consequences for public health.
According to the UNICEF, faecal contamination of the environment and poor hygiene practices remain a leading cause of child mortality, morbidity, under-nutrition and stunting across the world.
These, the international agency maintains, potentially have negative effects on cognitive development of children.
The UNICEF also claims that poor sanitation can be a barrier to education and economic opportunity, with women and girls often particularly vulnerable to the consequences of poor sanitation services.
To stem the tide of this unhygienic behaviour among the residents, the present administration in Kwara declared a State of Emergency on WASH in 2019.
With the declaration, the government began to erect integrated public toilets in strategic places across the state in 2019.
The facilities consist of 10-room, for excreta, which are partitioned for men and women; as well as sections for urination and bathing.
An uncompleted building where residents of Isale Aluko defecated before government located an integrated public toilet in the area in 2019Jaji also attested that the solar powered borehole integrated in the project is helping to address the water need of the households in the area.
As against the practice in other facilities however, he noted that users of the Isale Aluko toilet do not pay to use the convenience room.
“We do not pay to use the toilet; nobody pays.
For example, I am a graduate with no job.
So we use it for free.
Besides, the person taking care of the toilet is a brother.
So we relate based on that,” said Jaji. The situation is similar at Sabojo area of Ilorin, where travellers at Sawmill Motor Park, traders, passersby and students of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin visit another public toilet, situated at the area, anytime they are pressed to answer the call of nature.
Hitherto, people in the axis went to the bank of Okun River to defecate.
Mrs Toyosi Adebayo-Thomas, Senior Special Assistant on Inter-Governmental Affairs to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara and the Coordinator of Open Defecation Free (ODF) in KwaraThe state ODF coordinator further claimed that 1,600 youth volunteers are engaged by the state, for Hand-Washing and Clean Nigeria Campaign, with the prompt payment of counterpart fund for Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (PEWASH).
All these, she said were targeted at ensuring open defecation free Kwara by 2025.
Three years into these efforts, the WASH NORM Report for 2021 shows Kwara has dropped on the ladder of open defecation by states to fifth, behind Ebonyi, Plateau, Kogi and Oyo. Access to basic sanitation service in the state also improves from 14 per cent to 31.
This latest report was released in June.
The Executive Director, FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Dr Mohammed Dan-Hassan, has said that clean and safe toilets will ensure human dignity for millions of Nigerians.
The director stated this on Tuesday at the ground-breaking ceremony for mass construction of public toilets across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), aimed at ending Open Defecation (ODF) in the city.
He described ODF as a matter currently receiving not just national, but global attention, adding that the FCT administration through RUWASSA was determined to end the menace and promote proper hygiene.
According to him, 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities globally with about 1 billion people who practise ODF around the world.
The director also disclosed that 39.4 per cent of the FCT population is involved in ODF practices, with a promise to change the narrative.
He stated that access to adequate sanitation and the practice of ODF were global issues that go into the heart of his agency’s development objectives.
Dan-Hassan listed some of the issues which are caused by ODF spread of disease, threaten the security of women and girls, as well as contribute to malnutrition figure.
Another one, according to him is diarrhea caused by unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene affecting the lives of children each day.
According to him, improving access to sanitation and ending the practice of ODF can translate to fewer hospital visits, child death and missed school days.
Dan-Hassan stated that every one U.S. dollar spent on sanitation could give a return in investment between 9 U.S. dollars and 40 U.S. dollars, adding that Nigeria loses N455 billion annually due to poor sanitation.
Mr Nicholas Igwe, National Coordinator of Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH), in his goodwill message thanked the FCT Administration for inaugurating the project saying that it was a welcomed development.
According to him, efficiency is key to achieving the momentous goal in ending ODF by the target year of 2025, and that the was a move in the right direction.
Igwe called on the 36 states to emulate the idea by locating public toilets in their various states to complement the Federal Government’s efforts in ending ODF and to have a cleaner and healthier Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, has directed RUWASSA to accelerate action on ending ODF and to put in place other sanitation and hygienic measures in the FCT.
The minister also disclosed that the public toilets would be manage by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to ensure proper maintenance. (
The Federal Government on Thursday, in Abuja called for more commitment from all stakeholders towards meeting the open defecation-free target before 2025.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, made the call at the inauguration of the planning committee for the hosting of 2022 World Toilet Summit in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mr Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation on Feb. 22, announced Nigeria as the host country of the summit.
Adamu said the selection of Nigeria was in view of the country’s stride towards eliminating open defecation practices, through the implementation of a National Campaign to end open defecation by 2025.
According to him, till date, the campaign has recorded 78 local government areas as Open Defecation Free (ODF), with the deadline of 2025 as target date for Nigeria.
He, however, said there was still a lot to be done to move the remaining 696 local government areas to ODF status and sustain the 78 ODF local government areas
“The Federal Government has consistently demonstrated commitment to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Nigeria through various initiatives being implemented in the sector.
“We acknowledge that Nigeria needs all the support it can get in ensuring that the different sector initiatives gain traction and with all stakeholders playing their part.
“It is our expectation that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for the mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of open defecation in the country,’’ he said.
The minister acknowledged the role of the private sector in boosting the sanitation value chain and creating a circular economy across the value chain.
He urged the committee to plan and roll out initiatives to ensure the successful hosting of the summit in line with the agreed terms of reference.
The Planning Committee, chaired by Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, said the summit was expected to bring critical stakeholders, to highlight the issue of open defecation and bring it to greater public focus.
“On behalf of the newly-inaugurated Committee of the World Toilet Summit, I want to say we are highly lucky to have been so selected for such a critical assignment.
“We want to pledge that we shall do all that we need to do to ensure that Nigeria hosts this summit in a manner that would bring pride to Nigeria, and would also escalate the campaign.
“We are grateful knowing that we have your full support and we pledge our commitment to delivering on each and every term of reference, and look forward to having a summit that you will be proud of,’’ she said.
NAN reports that members of the committee include; representatives from the Federal Ministries of Environment, Information, Health, Agriculture and Rural Development, Women Affairs, Finance, Budget and National Planning among others.
Others are the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, UNICEF, WaterAid, USAID, WHO, World Bank and others. (NAN)
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The Federal Government is considering a bill to support young entrepreneurs, particularly within the Digital Eco System to be successful.Mr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said this at an interactive session with the leadership of the House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja.The minister said the bill would focus on creation and development of the Ministry’s Start-up Eco System.Pantami also said the bill, when passed, would provide the enabling environment for young entrepreneurs, particularly within the digital eco system to be successful.He urged the executive and legislative arm to work together to address the challenges facing young innovators and entrepreneur in the country.He said the bill, when passed, would provide the enabling environment for young entrepreneurs, particularly within the digital eco system to be successful.He observed that young entrepreneurs in the country were faced with challenges that required government intervention which needed no financial support to eliminate.“These young entrepreneur’s are not seeking jobs from the government. In fact they are employers not employees.” So by implication, if we support them, that will go along way in creating many job opportunities for our citizens.“Because all the start-ups are not in anyway potential job employees but rather potential job providers,” Pantami said.The minister said government had discovered that many countries had their own start-up apps, which was all about bringing stakeholders to discuss the challenges being confronted by the young innovators/entrepreneurs.He added that the Federal Government would see what could be done to make them successful.Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, the House Leader, said interaction was part of the consideration process that would give the bill the opportunity to explain the intent and benefits of the legislative document.Source Credit: NAN