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Clean Nigeria urges states to take ownership of sanitation intervention Projects



Clean Nigeria urges states to take ownership of sanitation intervention Projects

By Tosin Kolade

The National Coordinator of the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat, Ms. Chizoma Opara, urged all states to take ownership of federal government sanitation and hygiene intervention plans to achieve the national goal .

Opara, who said this at a stakeholder roundtable on improving Nigeria’s water, sanitation and hygiene implementation in Abuja, said the goal was achieve open defecation-free Nigeria (ODF) by 2025.

The event was organized by the Water and Sanitation Company (NEWSAN). Opara, who argued that the federal government’s efforts must be complemented, added that it was sad that the states’ current efforts are minimal.

She said the Clean Nigeria campaign was put in place by the federal government to make Nigeria open defecation-free Nigeria by 2025, through behavior change.

“Currently our goal is to have at least 200 ODF local governments by December 2021, so far we only have 71 so far and these have been achieved through the efforts of development partners. over the years.

“It is sad that there is not a single local government area that led the process from start to finish, the establishment of a local government area is about the grassroots, so this is the commitment we need. “

The national coordinator said it was sad that 46 million Nigerians still practice open defecation in parts of the country, saying Kwara led with around 64% of its population.

She said that while the federal government has developed a roadmap, states are also following suit, however, noted that states should sincerely commit to follow-up to ensure accountability for the project.

Opara stressed the need for all sections of society to mobilize a new culture of safe sanitation through communication and advocacy for behavior change, saying this would go a long way in creating a transformational culture nationwide.

UNICEF WASH Specialist Bioye Ogunjobi urged civil society to hold levels of government accountable, saying this would go a long way in strengthening sanitation and hygiene in the country.

According to him, resources are dwindling, hence the need for Nigeria to mobilize funds to meet sanitation and hygiene needs.

He said funds from development partners amounted to less than 1% of the country’s GDP.

“We are aware that states like Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta are much richer than some of these developed countries supporting Nigeria, why don’t we see how to raise funds for ourselves.

“We cannot go on like this, it must not be ‘business as usual’, the federal government should also release funds for human rights and this can be done with proper oversight by the organizations of the civil society (CSO). ”

NEWSAN Country Coordinator Benson Attah said Nigeria would need around $ 122 billion and three times the current WASH investment to meet the country’s goal.

He said that while NEWSAN’s 2020-2025 strategic plan has a comprehensive vision of achieving WASH access for all by 2030, he noted the need to adhere to Leave No One Behind.

According to him, the workshop was also a way to deliberate on the operationalization of the proposed WASH Fund, saying it would go a long way in changing the narratives.

Source: NAN

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