Federal Government deny accusations of spending N50m on 8 toilets, state the real cost is N6m
– The federal ministry of education has denied some media reports on the cost of building VIP toilets in riverine areas
– The ministry says the toilets cost N6million and not N50million
– Six toilets in upland areas also cost N4million and not N40million, the ministry says
The federal ministry of education has denied some media reports which wrongly quoted the cost of building VIP toilets in riverine areas.
The deputy director, press in the ministry, Ben Bem Goong, said in a statement distributed to journalists, that the N50m and N40m quoted as costs in a recent report was for three projects depending on location which included “VIP toilets and bathrooms in hostels and classroom areas, provision of modern kitchen and renovation of dining halls and borehole and reticulation of water. “It is not a repetition of the same project in the 2014 and 2015 budgets, rather the same project is being replicated in different schools,” part of the statement read.
Goong stated that it was wrong to pick one item and give it the cost of three projects. He also said the project is ongoing across 104 unity schools, adding that government would continue to roll it over until all the schools benefit. According to him, a VIP toilet means pit toilet with improved ventilation, incorporating features to enhance sanitation and health, and not luxury toilets.
Nigeria accounts for about 39 million of the 2.4 billion people in the world practicing open defecation, chief operating officer, Green World Matters Limited, Hajiya Ladi Rekiya Faruk, has said. Hajiya Faruk gave the figure in a welcome address delivered at a seminar to commemorate this year’s World Toilet Day in Kaduna. Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria is set to realise N20 billion from the sale of two presidential jets. Sources quoted in the report says the estimate is based on the current market value of the jets – Falcon 7X and Hawker 4000. Aviation experts also corroborated the valuation of the aircraft.