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  •  The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
     The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
    Environment4 weeks ago

    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme

    The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Kaduna RUWASSA) has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programmes.

    The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (P-WASH) programme in the state.

    The National Programme Coordinator, P-WASH, Mrs Jummai Wakaso, stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project.

    Wakaso, who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar, Chief Water Engineer of the programme, explained that P-WASH was a 15-year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene.

    She explained that the national multi-sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6.1 and 6.2. She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas.

    The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities.

    “The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government, where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme.

    “The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation, upgrade, and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas.

    “After the pilot, the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme.

    According to her, the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders’ inputs.

    Also speaking, the P-WASH Communication Consultant, Mr Umar Bari, said that improved relationships among RUWASSA, CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state.

    Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities.

    “This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub-sector, to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs. “We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme; there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector.

    “There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme,” he said.

    Mr Haliru Birninyero, Deputy Director Sanitation, Kaduna RUWASSA), said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia, adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs. On his part, Rev. Kuzasuwat Peter, State Coordinator, Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) welcomed the development, describing partnership with stakeholders as “key” to the success of the programme.

    Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved.

    Also, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, Executive Director, AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector.


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  •  The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has introduced Dig and Bury Excreta an innovation to prevent disease outbreak from open defecation in Internally Displaced Persons IDP camps in Kogi NEWSWAN coordinator in Kogi Mrs Roseline Alabi told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the innovation became necessary as flooding had displaced many residents into temporary camps Alabi said the four IDP camps in Kogi had been properly educated on dangers of open defecation which could lead to outbreak of cholera and other preventable communicable diseases We are working progressively to ensure that those in the camps stopped open defecation We advise them that since there are not enough toilets they should dig and bury their excreta It is noteworthy that the state government has come to the aid of people in the IDP camps by providing some toilets she said Alabi also told NAN that NEWSWAN conducted hand washing sensitisation at the IDP camps and distributed routine basic hygiene supplies health supplies and sanitary kits to women and young girls She called for the inclusion of NEWSWAN members in Kogi s flood control and response committee to enhance coordination and improve the lives of the displaced people We promote hygiene we sensitise communities about the dangers of cholera which can affect a whole state she said Alabi added that more advocacies would be conducted with critical stakeholders to prioritise access to potable water and sanitation in Kogi NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association advises IDP camps inmates in Kogi to dig and bury excreta
     The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has introduced Dig and Bury Excreta an innovation to prevent disease outbreak from open defecation in Internally Displaced Persons IDP camps in Kogi NEWSWAN coordinator in Kogi Mrs Roseline Alabi told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the innovation became necessary as flooding had displaced many residents into temporary camps Alabi said the four IDP camps in Kogi had been properly educated on dangers of open defecation which could lead to outbreak of cholera and other preventable communicable diseases We are working progressively to ensure that those in the camps stopped open defecation We advise them that since there are not enough toilets they should dig and bury their excreta It is noteworthy that the state government has come to the aid of people in the IDP camps by providing some toilets she said Alabi also told NAN that NEWSWAN conducted hand washing sensitisation at the IDP camps and distributed routine basic hygiene supplies health supplies and sanitary kits to women and young girls She called for the inclusion of NEWSWAN members in Kogi s flood control and response committee to enhance coordination and improve the lives of the displaced people We promote hygiene we sensitise communities about the dangers of cholera which can affect a whole state she said Alabi added that more advocacies would be conducted with critical stakeholders to prioritise access to potable water and sanitation in Kogi NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association advises IDP camps inmates in Kogi to dig and bury excreta
    Environment1 month ago

    Association advises IDP camps inmates in Kogi to dig and bury excreta

    The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has introduced `Dig and Bury Excreta’, an innovation to prevent disease outbreak from open defecation in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps in Kogi. NEWSWAN coordinator in Kogi, Mrs Roseline Alabi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, that the innovation became necessary as flooding had displaced many residents into temporary camps.

    Alabi said the four IDP camps in Kogi had been properly educated on dangers of open defecation, which could lead to outbreak of cholera and other preventable, communicable diseases.

    “We are working progressively to ensure that those in the camps stopped open defecation.

    “We advise them that since there are not enough toilets, they should dig and bury their excreta.

    “It is noteworthy that the state government has come to the aid of people in the IDP camps by providing some toilets,’’ she said.

    Alabi also told NAN that NEWSWAN conducted hand washing sensitisation at the IDP camps and distributed routine basic hygiene supplies, health supplies, and sanitary kits to women and young girls.

    She called for the inclusion of NEWSWAN members in Kogi’s flood control and response committee to enhance coordination and improve the lives of the displaced people.

    “We promote hygiene; we sensitise communities about the dangers of cholera which can affect a whole state,’’ she said.

    Alabi added that more advocacies would be conducted with critical stakeholders to prioritise access to potable water and sanitation in Kogi.
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  •  The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has called on tiers of government to make funds available to cater for the Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH needs of citizens Mr Benson Attah NEWSAN National Coordinator made the call at the Post 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All SWA news conference in Abuja According to him tiers of government should prioritise improving access to potable water and sanitation as it is critical to meeting all other sustainable development goals in the country States must support the institutionalising of a National WASH fund states must make it a priority and support the local government to live up to its responsibilities We want a local government system that transforms the WASH unit into a department thereby allocating budgets for building sanitation facilities and water points The national coordinator said NEWSAN was working on a project to hold aspirants seeking elective positions accountable to prioritise access to water and sanitation He said there was need for citizens to hold political leaders accountable at all times to improve access to potable water and sanitation We are working on engaging aspirants into elective positions to hold them to account and this will be done by signing a pledge card that will show the commitment and we will monitor them We cannot afford to be complacent in this country Nigeria has no business recording continuous cases of water borne diseases Most occurrences can be linked to low political will to do things right we must reduce the disease burden in the country He however urged the media to help monitor the prioritisation of WASH services in parts of the country saying this could be done through advocacy and reportage of issues Attah said over the years NEWSAN had made extensive efforts at ensuring that WASH took central stage in Nigeria with support and collaboration of the Sanitation and Water for All organisation He however pledged the commitment of the organisation to improve WASH service delivery across the country saying this was being done through engagement with key stakeholders The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu had also pledged government s commitment at the just concluded SWA sector ministers meeting in Jakarta Indonesia Part of the commitment includes the need for countries to undertake the necessary reforms to guarantee the human rights to water and sanitation for all always and everywhere It also stressed the need to improve sector performance to attract new finance and managing existing funds and to increase prioritisation of climate resilient water and sanitation in national budgets NAN
    CSOs want special fund for water, sanitation, hygiene in Nigeria
     The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has called on tiers of government to make funds available to cater for the Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH needs of citizens Mr Benson Attah NEWSAN National Coordinator made the call at the Post 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All SWA news conference in Abuja According to him tiers of government should prioritise improving access to potable water and sanitation as it is critical to meeting all other sustainable development goals in the country States must support the institutionalising of a National WASH fund states must make it a priority and support the local government to live up to its responsibilities We want a local government system that transforms the WASH unit into a department thereby allocating budgets for building sanitation facilities and water points The national coordinator said NEWSAN was working on a project to hold aspirants seeking elective positions accountable to prioritise access to water and sanitation He said there was need for citizens to hold political leaders accountable at all times to improve access to potable water and sanitation We are working on engaging aspirants into elective positions to hold them to account and this will be done by signing a pledge card that will show the commitment and we will monitor them We cannot afford to be complacent in this country Nigeria has no business recording continuous cases of water borne diseases Most occurrences can be linked to low political will to do things right we must reduce the disease burden in the country He however urged the media to help monitor the prioritisation of WASH services in parts of the country saying this could be done through advocacy and reportage of issues Attah said over the years NEWSAN had made extensive efforts at ensuring that WASH took central stage in Nigeria with support and collaboration of the Sanitation and Water for All organisation He however pledged the commitment of the organisation to improve WASH service delivery across the country saying this was being done through engagement with key stakeholders The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu had also pledged government s commitment at the just concluded SWA sector ministers meeting in Jakarta Indonesia Part of the commitment includes the need for countries to undertake the necessary reforms to guarantee the human rights to water and sanitation for all always and everywhere It also stressed the need to improve sector performance to attract new finance and managing existing funds and to increase prioritisation of climate resilient water and sanitation in national budgets NAN
    CSOs want special fund for water, sanitation, hygiene in Nigeria
    Environment6 months ago

    CSOs want special fund for water, sanitation, hygiene in Nigeria

    The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has called on tiers of government to make funds available to cater for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) needs of citizens.

    Mr Benson Attah, NEWSAN National Coordinator, made the call at the Post 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) news conference in Abuja.

    According to him, tiers of government should prioritise improving access to potable water and sanitation, as it is critical to meeting all other sustainable development goals in the country.

    “States must support the institutionalising of a National WASH fund, states must make it a priority and support the local government to live up to its responsibilities.

    “We want a local government system that transforms the WASH unit into a department, thereby allocating budgets for building sanitation facilities and water points.’’

    The national coordinator said NEWSAN was working on a project to hold aspirants seeking elective positions accountable to prioritise access to water and sanitation.

    He said there was need for citizens to hold political leaders accountable at all times, to improve access to potable water and sanitation.

    “We are working on engaging aspirants into elective positions to hold them to account and this will be done by signing a pledge card that will show the commitment and we will monitor them.

    “We cannot afford to be complacent in this country; Nigeria has no business recording continuous cases of water-borne diseases.

    “Most occurrences can be linked to low political will to do things right, we must reduce the disease burden in the country.’’

    He, however, urged the media to help monitor the prioritisation of WASH services in parts of the country, saying this could be done through advocacy and reportage of issues.

    Attah said over the years, NEWSAN had made extensive efforts at ensuring that WASH took central stage in Nigeria with support and collaboration of the Sanitation and Water for All organisation.

    He, however, pledged the commitment of the organisation to improve WASH service delivery across the country, saying this was being done through engagement with key stakeholders.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, had also pledged government’s commitment at the just concluded SWA sector ministers’ meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Part of the commitment includes the need for countries to undertake the necessary reforms to guarantee the human rights to water and sanitation for all, always and everywhere.

    It also stressed the need to improve sector performance to attract new finance and managing existing funds, and to increase prioritisation of climate-resilient water and sanitation in national budgets.

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  •  Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has pledged to support the World Bank in the implementation of the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene SURWASH programme in Nigeria NEWSAN National Coordinator Mr Benson Attah made the pledge when he led his members on a courtesy visit to the SURWASH Programme Implementation Office in Abuja on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 700 million U S dollars programme is being implemented in seven states of Delta Ekiti Gombe Imo Kaduna Katsina and Plateau SURWASH will provide six million people with basic drinking water services and 1 4 million people access to improved sanitation services and improve WASH services to 2 000 schools and health care facilities Attah noted that NEWSAN works to support the Federal Government in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs target of scaling up access to potable water and sanitation He commended FG s efforts in meeting the SDGs saying such was reflected in its various intervention programmes We are optimistic that this new project which rests on the theme of programme for results will be different from other projects as we have seen its objective to include effective monitoring and evaluation NEWSAN has a huge role to play in achieving stated objectives of the SURWASH project and our partnership would go a long way in advocacy and encourage community partnership for sustainability he said SURWASH National Programme Coordinator Mr Abdulhamid Gwaram said CSOs play a critical role in project implementation and could serve as watchdogs According to him the civil societies will serve as a medium for passing the right information towards reducing misinformation and disinformation Gwaram added that SURWASH programme was part of interventions to support the implementation of the National WASH action plan The national coordinator said that the role of continuous orientation of all partners towards ensuring community ownership and sustainability was paramount He however said that the six year programme had made huge impact within its first year saying this was made possible through the support and commitment of the Federal ministry of Water Resources NAN
    CSO to support implementation of 0m W/Bank water project in Nigeria
     Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has pledged to support the World Bank in the implementation of the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene SURWASH programme in Nigeria NEWSAN National Coordinator Mr Benson Attah made the pledge when he led his members on a courtesy visit to the SURWASH Programme Implementation Office in Abuja on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 700 million U S dollars programme is being implemented in seven states of Delta Ekiti Gombe Imo Kaduna Katsina and Plateau SURWASH will provide six million people with basic drinking water services and 1 4 million people access to improved sanitation services and improve WASH services to 2 000 schools and health care facilities Attah noted that NEWSAN works to support the Federal Government in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs target of scaling up access to potable water and sanitation He commended FG s efforts in meeting the SDGs saying such was reflected in its various intervention programmes We are optimistic that this new project which rests on the theme of programme for results will be different from other projects as we have seen its objective to include effective monitoring and evaluation NEWSAN has a huge role to play in achieving stated objectives of the SURWASH project and our partnership would go a long way in advocacy and encourage community partnership for sustainability he said SURWASH National Programme Coordinator Mr Abdulhamid Gwaram said CSOs play a critical role in project implementation and could serve as watchdogs According to him the civil societies will serve as a medium for passing the right information towards reducing misinformation and disinformation Gwaram added that SURWASH programme was part of interventions to support the implementation of the National WASH action plan The national coordinator said that the role of continuous orientation of all partners towards ensuring community ownership and sustainability was paramount He however said that the six year programme had made huge impact within its first year saying this was made possible through the support and commitment of the Federal ministry of Water Resources NAN
    CSO to support implementation of 0m W/Bank water project in Nigeria
    Environment7 months ago

    CSO to support implementation of $700m W/Bank water project in Nigeria

    Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has pledged to support the World Bank in the implementation of the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (SURWASH) programme in Nigeria.

    NEWSAN National Coordinator, Mr Benson Attah, made the pledge when he led his members on a courtesy visit to the SURWASH Programme Implementation Office in Abuja on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 700 million U.S. dollars programme is being implemented in seven states of Delta, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina and Plateau.

    SURWASH will provide six million people with basic drinking water services and 1.4 million people access to improved sanitation services and improve WASH services to 2,000 schools and health care facilities.

    Attah noted that NEWSAN works to support the Federal Government in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target of scaling up access to potable water and sanitation.

    He commended FG’s efforts in meeting the SDGs, saying such was reflected in its various intervention programmes.

    “We are optimistic that this new project which rests on the theme of programme for results will be different from other projects, as we have seen its objective to include effective monitoring and evaluation.

    “NEWSAN has a huge role to play in achieving stated objectives of the SURWASH project, and our partnership would go a long way in advocacy and encourage community partnership for sustainability,” he said.

    SURWASH National Programme Coordinator, Mr Abdulhamid Gwaram, said CSOs play a critical role in project implementation and could serve as watchdogs.

    According to him, the civil societies will serve as a medium for passing the right information towards reducing misinformation and disinformation.

    Gwaram added that SURWASH programme was part of interventions to support the implementation of the National WASH action plan.

    The national coordinator said that the role of continuous orientation of all partners towards ensuring community ownership and sustainability was paramount.

    He, however, said that the six-year programme had made huge impact within its first year, saying this was made possible through the support and commitment of the Federal ministry of Water Resources. (

    (NAN)

  •   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
    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
    Clean Nigeria urges states to take ownership of sanitation intervention Projects
    General news1 year ago

    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

  •   By Tosin Kolade The African Council of Ministers Responsible for Water AMCOW on Thursday pledged to support Nigeria in delivering on its Sanitation and Water for All SWA commitment to improve sanitation and hygiene by 2025 AMCOW Acting Executive Secretary Mr Thomas Banda said this when receiving members of the Water and Sanitation Society NEWSAN in Abuja The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Nigerian government through the Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu pledged in 2019 to create a 122 billion fund for water sanitation and hygiene WASH to achieve the country s goal Banda urged member states to align their national sanitation policies with the sustainable development goals He said the recently published African Sanitation Policy Guidelines ASPG was a continental guideline that prescribed the reference on what a sanitation policy should look like We urge our member states to sit down and review their sanitation policies that are already in place According to our statistics most of these sanitation policies that have been reviewed have been reviewed during the MDGs But now that we are talking about the SDGs in order for us to achieve the six SDGs on accelerated access to sanitation we really need to make sure that these sanitation policies are very SDG focused and not the MDGs We also noted that there are many gaps in existing policies in countries many countries do not have sanitation policy guidelines at all So we developed the continental ASPG to provide guidelines to member states so that they can develop their own tailor made sanitation policies Bandan said He congratulated NEWSAN for its activities aimed at supporting the country in improving access to improved sanitation and hygiene and pledged to continue to advocate at the continental level He noted that AMCOW s mandate was continental and Nigeria s mandate was only one of 55 member states saying the continental progress report drawn up each year showed that Nigeria had positive trends that showed that he was moving in the right direction We have heard about the Clean Nigeria campaign it is a very good initiative and many other indicators that show that it is progressing well but like any other Member State there are still challenges Many investment gaps if we are to meet our water and sanitation goals in the SDGs we still have a long way to go in closing the investment gaps The visit was calm and positive ideas were exchanged AMCOW as a continental organization can make the voice of member states aspirations heard at national level Mr Benson Attah national coordinator of NEWSAN said the visit was a plea to support government efforts and follow up on commitments made to sanitation and water for all in 2019 which proposed the creation of a fund WASH for the country We see it as something and it will also help accelerate the achievement of the national goal of reaching the goal of no open defecation by 2025 and will also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 Based on the resources the government has earmarked for this is 122 billion we know that most efforts to scale up WASH in the country are being led by the federal government which shouldn t be the case most states are not ready when it comes to implementing water and sanitation in their states Nigeria has only four years to reach its target out of the 774 LGAs we currently have 62 that are open defecation free if we keep moving at this rate we will not meet our Goals We see the need to mobilize stakeholders to support the establishment of the WASH fund and also to allow access to implement water and sanitation projects and also to make contributions Attah noted that while AMCOW is coordinating member states to accelerate WASH on the continent its presence in Nigeria could be best felt through advocacy for Nigeria to meet its national target He said the group will continue to strengthen the partnership with other stakeholders to support the country in its efforts to intensify water and hygiene promotion Source NAN
    African Ministers to support, track Nigeria’s WASH commitment
      By Tosin Kolade The African Council of Ministers Responsible for Water AMCOW on Thursday pledged to support Nigeria in delivering on its Sanitation and Water for All SWA commitment to improve sanitation and hygiene by 2025 AMCOW Acting Executive Secretary Mr Thomas Banda said this when receiving members of the Water and Sanitation Society NEWSAN in Abuja The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Nigerian government through the Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu pledged in 2019 to create a 122 billion fund for water sanitation and hygiene WASH to achieve the country s goal Banda urged member states to align their national sanitation policies with the sustainable development goals He said the recently published African Sanitation Policy Guidelines ASPG was a continental guideline that prescribed the reference on what a sanitation policy should look like We urge our member states to sit down and review their sanitation policies that are already in place According to our statistics most of these sanitation policies that have been reviewed have been reviewed during the MDGs But now that we are talking about the SDGs in order for us to achieve the six SDGs on accelerated access to sanitation we really need to make sure that these sanitation policies are very SDG focused and not the MDGs We also noted that there are many gaps in existing policies in countries many countries do not have sanitation policy guidelines at all So we developed the continental ASPG to provide guidelines to member states so that they can develop their own tailor made sanitation policies Bandan said He congratulated NEWSAN for its activities aimed at supporting the country in improving access to improved sanitation and hygiene and pledged to continue to advocate at the continental level He noted that AMCOW s mandate was continental and Nigeria s mandate was only one of 55 member states saying the continental progress report drawn up each year showed that Nigeria had positive trends that showed that he was moving in the right direction We have heard about the Clean Nigeria campaign it is a very good initiative and many other indicators that show that it is progressing well but like any other Member State there are still challenges Many investment gaps if we are to meet our water and sanitation goals in the SDGs we still have a long way to go in closing the investment gaps The visit was calm and positive ideas were exchanged AMCOW as a continental organization can make the voice of member states aspirations heard at national level Mr Benson Attah national coordinator of NEWSAN said the visit was a plea to support government efforts and follow up on commitments made to sanitation and water for all in 2019 which proposed the creation of a fund WASH for the country We see it as something and it will also help accelerate the achievement of the national goal of reaching the goal of no open defecation by 2025 and will also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 Based on the resources the government has earmarked for this is 122 billion we know that most efforts to scale up WASH in the country are being led by the federal government which shouldn t be the case most states are not ready when it comes to implementing water and sanitation in their states Nigeria has only four years to reach its target out of the 774 LGAs we currently have 62 that are open defecation free if we keep moving at this rate we will not meet our Goals We see the need to mobilize stakeholders to support the establishment of the WASH fund and also to allow access to implement water and sanitation projects and also to make contributions Attah noted that while AMCOW is coordinating member states to accelerate WASH on the continent its presence in Nigeria could be best felt through advocacy for Nigeria to meet its national target He said the group will continue to strengthen the partnership with other stakeholders to support the country in its efforts to intensify water and hygiene promotion Source NAN
    African Ministers to support, track Nigeria’s WASH commitment
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    African Ministers to support, track Nigeria’s WASH commitment

    By Tosin Kolade

    The African Council of Ministers Responsible for Water (AMCOW) on Thursday pledged to support Nigeria in delivering on its Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) commitment to improve sanitation and hygiene by 2025.

    AMCOW Acting Executive Secretary Mr. Thomas Banda said this when receiving members of the Water and Sanitation Society (NEWSAN) in Abuja.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Nigerian government, through the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, pledged in 2019 to create a $ 122 billion fund for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to achieve the country's goal.

    Banda urged member states to align their national sanitation policies with the sustainable development goals.

    He said the recently published African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) was a continental guideline that prescribed the reference on what a sanitation policy should look like.

    “We urge our member states to sit down and review their sanitation policies that are already in place. According to our statistics, most of these sanitation policies that have been reviewed have been reviewed during the MDGs.

    “But now that we are talking about the SDGs, in order for us to achieve the six SDGs on accelerated access to sanitation, we really need to make sure that these sanitation policies are very SDG-focused and not the MDGs.

    “We also noted that there are many gaps in existing policies in countries, many countries do not have sanitation policy guidelines at all.

    “So we developed the continental ASPG to provide guidelines to member states, so that they can develop their own tailor-made sanitation policies,” Bandan said.

    He congratulated NEWSAN for its activities aimed at supporting the country in improving access to improved sanitation and hygiene and pledged to continue to advocate at the continental level.

    He noted that AMCOW's mandate was continental and Nigeria's mandate was only one of 55 member states, saying the continental progress report drawn up each year showed that Nigeria had positive trends that showed that he was moving in the right direction.

    “We have heard about the Clean Nigeria campaign, it is a very good initiative and many other indicators that show that it is progressing well, but like any other Member State there are still challenges.

    “Many investment gaps, if we are to meet our water and sanitation goals in the SDGs, we still have a long way to go in closing the investment gaps.

    "The visit was calm and positive, ideas were exchanged, AMCOW as a continental organization can make the voice of member states' aspirations heard at national level."

    Mr. Benson Attah, national coordinator of NEWSAN, said the visit was a plea to support government efforts and follow up on commitments made to sanitation and water for all in 2019, which proposed the creation of a fund WASH for the country.

    “We see it as something and it will also help accelerate the achievement of the national goal of reaching the goal of no open defecation by 2025 and will also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

    “Based on the resources the government has earmarked for this is $ 122 billion, we know that most efforts to scale up WASH in the country are being led by the federal government, which shouldn't be the case,” most states are not ready when it comes to implementing water and sanitation in their states.

    "Nigeria has only four years to reach its target, out of the 774 LGAs, we currently have 62 that are open defecation free, if we keep moving at this rate we will not meet our Goals.

    "We see the need to mobilize stakeholders to support the establishment of the WASH fund and also to allow access to implement water and sanitation projects and also to make contributions."

    Attah noted that while AMCOW is coordinating member states to accelerate WASH on the continent, its presence in Nigeria could be best felt through advocacy for Nigeria to meet its national target.

    He said the group will continue to strengthen the partnership with other stakeholders to support the country in its efforts to intensify water and hygiene promotion.

    Source: NAN

  •   An NGO Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has called for collective responsibility by stakeholders in achieving the desired hygienic and safe environment in Ekiti State The group s Coordinator in the state Dr Mary Adeyanju made the call during a sensitisation visit to Iremo community Odo Ado area of Ado Ekiti as part of activities to commemorate the World Toilet Day The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEWSAN is a network of NGOs working on water and sanitation in Nigeria NAN also reports that this year s World Toilet Day has as its theme Sustainable Toilet and Climate Change Adeyanju said that the group was leveraging on the significance of the Day to reach out to people in order to promote the campaign for functional toilet per households in the state According to her it is one thing to build a toilet in an apartment it is another to build a functional and sustainable one that conforms with the set environmental standards The NEWSAN coordinator described the level of conformity with toilet availability in Iremo community as very encouraging urging residents not to relent in ensuring that toilet project in every home was completed within record time We felt it is appropriate to dialogue with the people as part of the stakeholders responsibility today being the World Toilet Day set aside by the United Nations We have seen in this community that almost every house has a toilet facilities although most of them are not in good conditions It is not appropriate to have a toilet and still engage in open defection due to the state of the facilities she said Adeyanju called for enforcement of laws mandating every house to have access to appropriate toilet facilities to prevent people from defecating around Although the state government is working on becoming an open defecation free state my own recommendation is that government should enforce the law that will make every household to have access to appropriate toilet facilities she said In his remarks Mr Love Ogundipe National Programme Manager Environmental Development and Family Health Organisation EDFHO noted that access to safe and functioning toilet had positive impact on public health human dignity and personal safety especially for women According to him 4 2 billion people worldwide live without good sanitation while about 673 million people practice open defecation He said NEWSAN was using the Day to dialogue with the residents of the community on the need for them to complement government s efforts towards discouraging open defecations in the state The activities also include inspection of households and checking of community s compliance with provision of toilet and community sanitation he said Ogundipe emphasised the need to promote the Sustainable Development Goal 6 which was aimed at ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all particularly open defecation In his contribution Mr Olu Ogunrotimi the Executive Director EDFHO emphasised the need for every stakeholder to be alive to his her responsibility in ensuring hygienic and safe environment in the state To me every stakeholder must be up and doing including every household in the communities to achieve the desired objectives as far safe and hygienic environment is concerned he said Mrs Ajayi Adekemi Head of Environmental Department Ado Local Government council in her remarks called on the community to take action on noticed gaps within the community especially buildings without functional toilets and those disposing waste into water channels Mr Gabriel Afolabi a community leader in Iremo called for government s assistance to ensure provision of adequate and appropriate toilet facilities in the neighborhood Most of our people are ready to obey government s directive on the toilet issue but are hampered by lack of resources to provide the facilities We can only appeal to government to assist us in this regard he said Edited By Remi Koleoso and Source NAN Wale Sadeeq
    World Toilet Day: Group sensitises Ekiti residents on safe environment
      An NGO Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has called for collective responsibility by stakeholders in achieving the desired hygienic and safe environment in Ekiti State The group s Coordinator in the state Dr Mary Adeyanju made the call during a sensitisation visit to Iremo community Odo Ado area of Ado Ekiti as part of activities to commemorate the World Toilet Day The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEWSAN is a network of NGOs working on water and sanitation in Nigeria NAN also reports that this year s World Toilet Day has as its theme Sustainable Toilet and Climate Change Adeyanju said that the group was leveraging on the significance of the Day to reach out to people in order to promote the campaign for functional toilet per households in the state According to her it is one thing to build a toilet in an apartment it is another to build a functional and sustainable one that conforms with the set environmental standards The NEWSAN coordinator described the level of conformity with toilet availability in Iremo community as very encouraging urging residents not to relent in ensuring that toilet project in every home was completed within record time We felt it is appropriate to dialogue with the people as part of the stakeholders responsibility today being the World Toilet Day set aside by the United Nations We have seen in this community that almost every house has a toilet facilities although most of them are not in good conditions It is not appropriate to have a toilet and still engage in open defection due to the state of the facilities she said Adeyanju called for enforcement of laws mandating every house to have access to appropriate toilet facilities to prevent people from defecating around Although the state government is working on becoming an open defecation free state my own recommendation is that government should enforce the law that will make every household to have access to appropriate toilet facilities she said In his remarks Mr Love Ogundipe National Programme Manager Environmental Development and Family Health Organisation EDFHO noted that access to safe and functioning toilet had positive impact on public health human dignity and personal safety especially for women According to him 4 2 billion people worldwide live without good sanitation while about 673 million people practice open defecation He said NEWSAN was using the Day to dialogue with the residents of the community on the need for them to complement government s efforts towards discouraging open defecations in the state The activities also include inspection of households and checking of community s compliance with provision of toilet and community sanitation he said Ogundipe emphasised the need to promote the Sustainable Development Goal 6 which was aimed at ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all particularly open defecation In his contribution Mr Olu Ogunrotimi the Executive Director EDFHO emphasised the need for every stakeholder to be alive to his her responsibility in ensuring hygienic and safe environment in the state To me every stakeholder must be up and doing including every household in the communities to achieve the desired objectives as far safe and hygienic environment is concerned he said Mrs Ajayi Adekemi Head of Environmental Department Ado Local Government council in her remarks called on the community to take action on noticed gaps within the community especially buildings without functional toilets and those disposing waste into water channels Mr Gabriel Afolabi a community leader in Iremo called for government s assistance to ensure provision of adequate and appropriate toilet facilities in the neighborhood Most of our people are ready to obey government s directive on the toilet issue but are hampered by lack of resources to provide the facilities We can only appeal to government to assist us in this regard he said Edited By Remi Koleoso and Source NAN Wale Sadeeq
    World Toilet Day: Group sensitises Ekiti residents on safe environment
    Health2 years ago

    World Toilet Day: Group sensitises Ekiti residents on safe environment

    An NGO, Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has called for collective responsibility by stakeholders in achieving the desired hygienic and safe environment in Ekiti State.

    The group’s Coordinator in the state, Dr Mary Adeyanju, made the call during a sensitisation visit to Iremo community, Odo-Ado area of Ado-Ekiti as part of activities to commemorate the World Toilet Day.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEWSAN is a network of NGOs working on water and sanitation in Nigeria.

    NAN also reports that this year’s World Toilet Day has, as its theme, “Sustainable Toilet and Climate Change.”

    Adeyanju said that the group was leveraging on the significance of the Day to reach out to people in order to promote the campaign for functional toilet per households in the state.

    According to her, it is one thing to build a toilet in an apartment, it is another to build a functional and sustainable one that conforms with the set environmental standards.

    The NEWSAN coordinator described the level of conformity with toilet availability in Iremo community as very encouraging, urging residents not to relent in ensuring that toilet project in every home was completed within record time.

    “We felt it is appropriate to dialogue with the people, as part of the stakeholders’ responsibility today, being the World Toilet Day set aside by the United Nations.

    “We have seen in this community that almost every house has a toilet facilities, although most of them are not in good conditions.

    “It is not appropriate to have a toilet and still engage in open defection due to the state of the facilities,” she said.

    Adeyanju called for enforcement of laws mandating every house to have access to appropriate toilet facilities to prevent people from defecating around.

    “Although the state government is working on becoming an open defecation-free state, my own recommendation is that government should enforce the law that will make every household to have access to appropriate toilet facilities,” she said.

    In his remarks, Mr Love Ogundipe, National Programme Manager, Environmental Development and Family Health Organisation (EDFHO), noted that access to safe and functioning toilet had positive impact on public health, human dignity and personal safety, especially for women.

    According to him, 4.2 billion people worldwide live without good sanitation, while about 673 million people practice open defecation.

    He said NEWSAN was using the Day to dialogue with the residents of the community on the need for them to complement government’s efforts towards discouraging open defecations in the state.

    “The activities also include inspection of households and checking of community’s compliance with provision of toilet and community sanitation,” he said.

    Ogundipe emphasised the need to promote the Sustainable Development Goal 6, which was aimed at ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, particularly open defecation.

    In his contribution, Mr Olu Ogunrotimi, the Executive Director, EDFHO, emphasised the need for every stakeholder to be alive to his/her responsibility in ensuring hygienic and safe environment in the state.

    “To me, every stakeholder must be up and doing, including every household in the communities, to achieve the desired objectives as far safe and hygienic environment is concerned,” he said.

    Mrs Ajayi Adekemi, Head of Environmental Department, Ado Local Government council, in her remarks, called on the community to take action on noticed gaps within the community, especially buildings without functional toilets and those disposing waste into water channels.

    Mr Gabriel Afolabi, a community leader in Iremo, called for government’s assistance to ensure provision of adequate and appropriate toilet facilities in the neighborhood.

    “Most of our people are ready to obey government’s directive on the toilet issue but are hampered by lack of resources to provide the facilities.

    “We can only appeal to government to assist us in this regard,” he said.


    Edited By: Remi Koleoso and
    Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq

  •   The Plateau Government has reiterated its commitment to improve access to portable Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH in the state The State Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy Mr Sa ad Bello stated this at the project closeout meeting of the European Union EU Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations CSOs EU TAC in Plateau The meeting was held on Thursday in Jos Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry Dr Ezekiel Pam Bello said the State Government had put in place modalities to ensure that residents of the state both in urban and rural areas had accesses to clean water with ease He said that the state government had enacted a law and some policies aimed at making portable water available and affordable to the people The water sector governance in the state has been improved we now have the WASH policy and institutional and sectorial policy Most importantly we have the water sector law which has been gazetted This law has all that is required as a state to improve access to water We currently have the Jos Water Services Corporation which will handle the provision of water to Jos metropolis the Plateau Municipal Water Supply Agency and the Plateau Rural Water and Sanitation Agency PRUWASSA to provide water to the rural areas With all these it is evident that the government under the leadership of Gov Simon Lalong is ready and making frantic efforts to improve access to clean water in the state he saidThe commissioner thanked Non governmental Organisations NGOs and Civil Society Organisations CSOs for supporting the government in its efforts to provide affordable water to the people He in particular commended the Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN and WaterAid Nigeria for implementing the EU funded project in the state Speaking at the event Mr Adebayo Alao the Director of Programmes WaterAid Nigeria said the EU TAC project had met its objectives According to Alao the project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of CSOs to support state WASH institutions to fulfill their mandate of sustainable water and sanitation services He further said that the project had strengthened the capacity of over 25 CSOs to drive the process of improved water and sanitation governance toward improved health equity and inclusion in service delivery and gender mainstreaming among others in the state He however called on stakeholders in the water sector to collaborate and consolidate on the gains achieved to enable the state to accelerate universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 It is important to note that the journey to improving access to water and sanitation has not ended it has just begun We must work to sustain and consolidate on the gains of the EU TAC project and accelerate universal access to water and sanitation in Plateau by 2030 We urge the CSOs to continue to advocate for improved WASH access in the state and the promote citizen engagement to deliver on sustainable WASH services the director said Earlier Dr Vings Lomak Coordinator of NEWSAN in Plateau said the EU TAC project which began in 2018 had triggered rapid development in the water sector of the state According to him the state has started benefiting from the multiplier effects of the project particularly in addressing poverty diseases and a host of others According to him the just concluded project is the pilot phase adding that the full implementation of the project will soon commence We thank EU for funding this project thank WaterAid for providing technical support and thank the Plateau Government for giving us the enabling environment to operate he said Edited By Abdullahi Yusuf Source NAN
    Plateau Govt. to improve access to water, sanitation – Commissioner
      The Plateau Government has reiterated its commitment to improve access to portable Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH in the state The State Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy Mr Sa ad Bello stated this at the project closeout meeting of the European Union EU Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations CSOs EU TAC in Plateau The meeting was held on Thursday in Jos Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry Dr Ezekiel Pam Bello said the State Government had put in place modalities to ensure that residents of the state both in urban and rural areas had accesses to clean water with ease He said that the state government had enacted a law and some policies aimed at making portable water available and affordable to the people The water sector governance in the state has been improved we now have the WASH policy and institutional and sectorial policy Most importantly we have the water sector law which has been gazetted This law has all that is required as a state to improve access to water We currently have the Jos Water Services Corporation which will handle the provision of water to Jos metropolis the Plateau Municipal Water Supply Agency and the Plateau Rural Water and Sanitation Agency PRUWASSA to provide water to the rural areas With all these it is evident that the government under the leadership of Gov Simon Lalong is ready and making frantic efforts to improve access to clean water in the state he saidThe commissioner thanked Non governmental Organisations NGOs and Civil Society Organisations CSOs for supporting the government in its efforts to provide affordable water to the people He in particular commended the Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN and WaterAid Nigeria for implementing the EU funded project in the state Speaking at the event Mr Adebayo Alao the Director of Programmes WaterAid Nigeria said the EU TAC project had met its objectives According to Alao the project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of CSOs to support state WASH institutions to fulfill their mandate of sustainable water and sanitation services He further said that the project had strengthened the capacity of over 25 CSOs to drive the process of improved water and sanitation governance toward improved health equity and inclusion in service delivery and gender mainstreaming among others in the state He however called on stakeholders in the water sector to collaborate and consolidate on the gains achieved to enable the state to accelerate universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 It is important to note that the journey to improving access to water and sanitation has not ended it has just begun We must work to sustain and consolidate on the gains of the EU TAC project and accelerate universal access to water and sanitation in Plateau by 2030 We urge the CSOs to continue to advocate for improved WASH access in the state and the promote citizen engagement to deliver on sustainable WASH services the director said Earlier Dr Vings Lomak Coordinator of NEWSAN in Plateau said the EU TAC project which began in 2018 had triggered rapid development in the water sector of the state According to him the state has started benefiting from the multiplier effects of the project particularly in addressing poverty diseases and a host of others According to him the just concluded project is the pilot phase adding that the full implementation of the project will soon commence We thank EU for funding this project thank WaterAid for providing technical support and thank the Plateau Government for giving us the enabling environment to operate he said Edited By Abdullahi Yusuf Source NAN
    Plateau Govt. to improve access to water, sanitation – Commissioner
    Environment2 years ago

    Plateau Govt. to improve access to water, sanitation – Commissioner

    The Plateau Government has reiterated its commitment to improve access to portable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state.

    The State Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Mr Sa’ad Bello, stated this at the project closeout  meeting of the European Union (EU) Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) (EU-TAC) in Plateau.

    The meeting was held on Thursday in Jos.

    Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Ezekiel Pam, Bello said the State Government had put in place modalities to ensure that residents of the state, both in urban and rural areas, had accesses to clean water with ease.

    He said that the state government had enacted a law and some policies aimed at making portable water available and affordable to the people.

    “The water sector governance in the state has been improved; we now have the WASH policy and institutional and sectorial policy.

    “Most importantly, we have the water sector law which has been gazetted. This law has all that is required as a state to improve access to water.

    “We currently have the Jos Water Services Corporation which will handle the provision of water to Jos metropolis, the Plateau Municipal Water Supply Agency and the Plateau Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA) to provide water to the rural areas.

    “With all these, it is evident that the government under the leadership of Gov. Simon Lalong is ready and making frantic efforts to improve access to clean water in the state,” he said

    The commissioner thanked Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for supporting the government in its efforts to provide affordable water to the people.

    He, in particular, commended, the Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) and WaterAid Nigeria for implementing the EU funded project in the state.

    Speaking at the event, Mr Adebayo Alao, the Director of Programmes, WaterAid Nigeria, said the EU-TAC project had met its objectives.

    According to Alao, the project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of CSOs to support state WASH institutions to fulfill their mandate of sustainable water and sanitation services.

    He further said that the project had strengthened the capacity of over 25 CSOs to drive the process of improved water and sanitation governance, toward improved health, equity and inclusion in service delivery and gender mainstreaming, among others, in the state.

    He, however, called on stakeholders in the water sector to collaborate and consolidate on the gains achieved to enable the state to accelerate universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

    “It is important to note that the journey to improving access to water and sanitation has not ended; it has just begun.

    “We must work to sustain and consolidate on the gains of the EU-TAC project and accelerate universal access to water and sanitation in Plateau by 2030.

    “We urge the CSOs to continue to advocate for improved WASH access in the state and the promote citizen engagement, to deliver on sustainable WASH services,” the director said.

    Earlier, Dr Vings Lomak, Coordinator of NEWSAN in Plateau, said the EU-TAC project which began in 2018 had triggered rapid development in the water sector of the state.

    According to him the state has started benefiting from the multiplier effects of the project, particularly in addressing poverty, diseases and a host of others.

    According to him, the just concluded project is the pilot phase, adding that the full implementation of the project will soon commence.

    “We thank EU for funding this project, thank WaterAid for providing technical support and thank the Plateau Government for giving us the enabling environment to operate,” he said.


    Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
    Source: NAN

  •  The USAID Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene E WASH programme in partnership with some stakeholders have inaugurated a prevention Campaign to reduce community spread of COVID 19 pandemic in parts of the country At a virtual news conference organised by the Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation WEWE in Abuja the interventions would be carried out in partnership with the Network of civil societies on WASH NEWSAN WEWE Executive Director Josephine Ogazi said the intervention was aimed at providing improved access to accurate information on COVID 19 prevention and addressing the rise in the dissemination of fake news andstigmatisation of COVID 19 survivors According to her the goal of the campaign will be achieved by strengthening Federal Government and E WASH partner states on COVID 19 prevention campaigns and strategies through strategic communication and advocacy She said deepening the partnerships with national and local media would increase access to quality information and leveraging digital technologies to stem the pandemic One of the important measures in stemming the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic is correct hand hygiene practices Part of WEWE s activities would be geared toward informing and motivating more frequent and regular hand hygiene practices by drawing on the support of the federal and state ministries on risk communication activities We would be addressing gaps in risk communication on WASH as it pertains to the spread of COVID 19 prevention in the Federal Capital Territory she said The National Amirah Federation of Muslim Women Association FOMWAN Halima Jibril said many people at community levels were yet to abide by measures put in place to contain the virus She said there was the need to increase awareness level now that the virus had entered community transmission According to her FOMWAN reached out to three million people across the country during the pandemic with palliatives Communities are still skeptical about the evidence of COVID 19 so they do nothing about prevention like washing hands and wearing face masks Now that there is an increase in community transmission we need more engagements and collaboration to increase sensitisation FOMWAN emphasises on hand washing as a preventive measure she added NEWSAN Representative Dr Andrew Agboro noted that many Nigerians had abandoned the use of face masks and other protocols developed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 to contain the virus Agboro noted that there was the need for more collaboration to defeat the pandemic warning that the virus was still potent and dangerous COVID 19 is preventable if we join hands together toobserve simple rules laid down by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC Edited By Abiemwense Moru Ese E Ekama Source NAN
    USAID E-WASH inaugurates COVID-19 prevention campaign in communities
     The USAID Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene E WASH programme in partnership with some stakeholders have inaugurated a prevention Campaign to reduce community spread of COVID 19 pandemic in parts of the country At a virtual news conference organised by the Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation WEWE in Abuja the interventions would be carried out in partnership with the Network of civil societies on WASH NEWSAN WEWE Executive Director Josephine Ogazi said the intervention was aimed at providing improved access to accurate information on COVID 19 prevention and addressing the rise in the dissemination of fake news andstigmatisation of COVID 19 survivors According to her the goal of the campaign will be achieved by strengthening Federal Government and E WASH partner states on COVID 19 prevention campaigns and strategies through strategic communication and advocacy She said deepening the partnerships with national and local media would increase access to quality information and leveraging digital technologies to stem the pandemic One of the important measures in stemming the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic is correct hand hygiene practices Part of WEWE s activities would be geared toward informing and motivating more frequent and regular hand hygiene practices by drawing on the support of the federal and state ministries on risk communication activities We would be addressing gaps in risk communication on WASH as it pertains to the spread of COVID 19 prevention in the Federal Capital Territory she said The National Amirah Federation of Muslim Women Association FOMWAN Halima Jibril said many people at community levels were yet to abide by measures put in place to contain the virus She said there was the need to increase awareness level now that the virus had entered community transmission According to her FOMWAN reached out to three million people across the country during the pandemic with palliatives Communities are still skeptical about the evidence of COVID 19 so they do nothing about prevention like washing hands and wearing face masks Now that there is an increase in community transmission we need more engagements and collaboration to increase sensitisation FOMWAN emphasises on hand washing as a preventive measure she added NEWSAN Representative Dr Andrew Agboro noted that many Nigerians had abandoned the use of face masks and other protocols developed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 to contain the virus Agboro noted that there was the need for more collaboration to defeat the pandemic warning that the virus was still potent and dangerous COVID 19 is preventable if we join hands together toobserve simple rules laid down by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC Edited By Abiemwense Moru Ese E Ekama Source NAN
    USAID E-WASH inaugurates COVID-19 prevention campaign in communities
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    USAID E-WASH inaugurates COVID-19 prevention campaign in communities

    The USAID Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) programme in partnership with some stakeholders have inaugurated a prevention Campaign to reduce community spread of COVID-19 pandemic in parts of the country.

    At a virtual news conference organised by the Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation (WEWE) in Abuja, the interventions would be carried out in partnership with the Network of civil societies on WASH (NEWSAN).

    WEWE Executive Director, Josephine Ogazi, said the intervention was aimed at providing improved access to accurate information on COVID-19 prevention and addressing the rise in the dissemination of fake news and

    stigmatisation of COVID-19 survivors.

    According to her, the goal of the campaign will be achieved by strengthening Federal Government and E-WASH partner states’on COVID-19 prevention campaigns and strategies through strategic communication and advocacy.

    She said deepening the partnerships with national and local media would increase access to quality information and leveraging digital technologies to stem the pandemic.

    “One of the important measures in stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is correct hand hygiene practices.

    “Part of WEWE’s activities would be geared toward informing and motivating more frequent and regular hand hygiene practices by drawing on the support of the federal and state ministries on risk communication activities.

    “We would be addressing gaps in risk communication on WASH as it pertains to the spread of COVID-19 prevention in the Federal Capital Territory,’’ she said.

    The National Amirah, Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWAN), Halima Jibril said many people at community levels were yet to abide by measures put in place to contain the virus.

    She said there was the need to increase awareness level now that the virus had entered community transmission.

    According to her, FOMWAN reached out to three million people across the country during the pandemic with palliatives.

    “Communities are still skeptical about the evidence of COVID-19, so they do nothing about prevention like washing hands and wearing face masks.

    “Now that there is an increase in community transmission, we need more engagements and collaboration to increase sensitisation.

    FOMWAN emphasises on hand washing as a preventive measure,” she added.

    NEWSAN Representative, Dr Andrew Agboro, noted that many Nigerians had abandoned the use of face masks and other protocols developed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to contain the virus.

    Agboro noted that there was the need for more collaboration to defeat the pandemic, warning that the virus was still potent and dangerous.

    COVID-19 is preventable if we join hands together to

    observe simple rules laid down by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ese E. Ekama
    Source: NAN

     

     

  •  The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN says it has trained hundreds of its members on budget tracking and holding tiers of government accountable toward improved access to potable water and sanitation in the country The National Coordinator Mr Benson Attah stated this at the workshop in Abuja on Tuesday Attah said it was important for its members to contribute their quota in holding levels of governments accountable in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 According to him building the capacity of its members would strengthen partnerships in the implementation of water and sanitation projects across the country He said it was also important for states CSOs to monitor governance and also find legal backing for WASH interventions and formulation of state road maps for ending open defecation practices in their localities We have come to realise that part of the factors contributing to the poor implementation of the water and sanitation targets are as a result of accountability at both the federal states and local government levels Going by situations we see we have been to states and local government councils and see projects carried out to the benefit of the community We have seen instances where borehole were sank and they had to use water tanker to fill the overhead tank for its commissioning Some projects were commissioned using inferior materials and immediately they finished the water tower collapsed and such communities never benefited from such commissioning We have seen cases where contractors were given money to build sanitation facilities toilets in schools and they were not completed and left abandoned with open suck away pits He noted that these issues further contributed to the underdevelopment of the citizens adding that water and sanitation were an entry point to development health education commerce among others While commending its partners the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council WSSCC for supporting its activities Attah said lack of transparency at different levels limits the extent to which partners can hold each other to account for mutual commitments He said there was the need for the three tier of governments to see that access to water and sanitation were improved upon adding that stakeholders ought not to compromise in achieving better livelihood for the populace Earlier Mr Emmanuel Awe Director Water Quality Control and Sanitation Federal Ministry of Water Resources noted that it was worrisome that only 11 per cent of the population had access to WASH services nationwide Awe said although the Federal Government had demonstrated high political will to improve access to WASH facilities through it s numerous programmes noting that more needs to be done in the states if Nigeria is ready to meet its targets Financing to eliminate inequalities in the sector required putting money where it matters the most and financing for services which address inequalities must be specifically budgeted and monitored Political and financial rescuing makers are often unaware of the fundamental importance of WASH improvements which has led to failures in honouring commitments on counterpart funding or signed agreements he said He pledged the commitment of the federal government to continue to support NEWSAN and in achieving the Open Defecation after target by 2025 Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol National Coordinator WSSCC Nigeria said it was imperative that a sustainable system be instituted and supported by the government to encourage CSO engagement for effective WASH governance saying without governance WASH services remain unsustainable CSOs need platforms to build capacity and resources to carry out crucial role by holding policymakers accountable and ensuring that budgets are spent and policies are formulated within the right context and sustainability We call on governments to create enabling environment to support and engage CSOs in policy formulation through access to state structures for citizen participation and attainment of SDGs targets in Nigeria I therefore commend the federal government especially the Ministry of Water Resources and other key stakeholders and partners for the progress so far made in the WASH sector in recent years he added
    WASH CSOs trains members on Budget Tracking, Mutual Accountability
     The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN says it has trained hundreds of its members on budget tracking and holding tiers of government accountable toward improved access to potable water and sanitation in the country The National Coordinator Mr Benson Attah stated this at the workshop in Abuja on Tuesday Attah said it was important for its members to contribute their quota in holding levels of governments accountable in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 According to him building the capacity of its members would strengthen partnerships in the implementation of water and sanitation projects across the country He said it was also important for states CSOs to monitor governance and also find legal backing for WASH interventions and formulation of state road maps for ending open defecation practices in their localities We have come to realise that part of the factors contributing to the poor implementation of the water and sanitation targets are as a result of accountability at both the federal states and local government levels Going by situations we see we have been to states and local government councils and see projects carried out to the benefit of the community We have seen instances where borehole were sank and they had to use water tanker to fill the overhead tank for its commissioning Some projects were commissioned using inferior materials and immediately they finished the water tower collapsed and such communities never benefited from such commissioning We have seen cases where contractors were given money to build sanitation facilities toilets in schools and they were not completed and left abandoned with open suck away pits He noted that these issues further contributed to the underdevelopment of the citizens adding that water and sanitation were an entry point to development health education commerce among others While commending its partners the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council WSSCC for supporting its activities Attah said lack of transparency at different levels limits the extent to which partners can hold each other to account for mutual commitments He said there was the need for the three tier of governments to see that access to water and sanitation were improved upon adding that stakeholders ought not to compromise in achieving better livelihood for the populace Earlier Mr Emmanuel Awe Director Water Quality Control and Sanitation Federal Ministry of Water Resources noted that it was worrisome that only 11 per cent of the population had access to WASH services nationwide Awe said although the Federal Government had demonstrated high political will to improve access to WASH facilities through it s numerous programmes noting that more needs to be done in the states if Nigeria is ready to meet its targets Financing to eliminate inequalities in the sector required putting money where it matters the most and financing for services which address inequalities must be specifically budgeted and monitored Political and financial rescuing makers are often unaware of the fundamental importance of WASH improvements which has led to failures in honouring commitments on counterpart funding or signed agreements he said He pledged the commitment of the federal government to continue to support NEWSAN and in achieving the Open Defecation after target by 2025 Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol National Coordinator WSSCC Nigeria said it was imperative that a sustainable system be instituted and supported by the government to encourage CSO engagement for effective WASH governance saying without governance WASH services remain unsustainable CSOs need platforms to build capacity and resources to carry out crucial role by holding policymakers accountable and ensuring that budgets are spent and policies are formulated within the right context and sustainability We call on governments to create enabling environment to support and engage CSOs in policy formulation through access to state structures for citizen participation and attainment of SDGs targets in Nigeria I therefore commend the federal government especially the Ministry of Water Resources and other key stakeholders and partners for the progress so far made in the WASH sector in recent years he added
    WASH CSOs trains members on Budget Tracking, Mutual Accountability
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    WASH CSOs trains members on Budget Tracking, Mutual Accountability

    The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), says it has trained hundreds of its members on budget tracking and holding tiers of government accountable toward improved access to potable water and sanitation in the country.

    The National Coordinator, Mr Benson Attah, stated this at the workshop in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Attah said it was important for its members to contribute their quota in holding levels of governments accountable in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

    According to him, building the capacity of its members would strengthen partnerships in the implementation of water and sanitation projects across the country.

    He said it was also important for states CSOs to monitor governance and also find legal backing for WASH interventions and formulation of state road-maps for ending open defecation practices in their localities.

    “We have come to realise that part of the factors contributing to the poor implementation of the water and sanitation targets are as a result of accountability at both the federal, states and local government levels.

    “Going by situations we see, we have been to states and local government councils and see projects carried out to the benefit of the community. We have seen instances where borehole were sank and they had to use water tanker to fill the overhead tank for its commissioning.

    “Some projects were commissioned using inferior materials and immediately they finished, the water tower collapsed, and such communities never benefited from such commissioning.

    “We have seen cases where contractors were given money to build sanitation facilities, toilets in schools and they were not completed and left abandoned with open-suck away pits”.

    He noted that these issues further contributed to the underdevelopment of the citizens, adding that water and sanitation were an entry point to development, health, education, commerce among others.

    While commending its partners, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) for supporting its activities, Attah said lack of transparency at different levels, limits the extent to which partners can hold each other to account for mutual commitments.

    He said there was the need for the three tier of governments to see that access to water and sanitation were improved upon, adding that stakeholders ought not to compromise in achieving better livelihood for the populace.

    Earlier, Mr Emmanuel Awe, Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, noted that it was worrisome that only 11 per cent of the population had access to (WASH) services nationwide.

    Awe said although the Federal Government had demonstrated high political will to improve access to WASH facilities through it’s numerous programmes, noting that more needs to be done in the states if Nigeria is ready to meet its targets.

    “Financing to eliminate inequalities in the sector required putting money where it matters the most, and financing for services which address inequalities must be specifically budgeted and monitored.

    “Political and financial rescuing makers are often unaware of the fundamental importance of WASH improvements, which has led to failures in honouring commitments on counterpart funding or signed agreements,” he said.

    He pledged the commitment of the federal government to continue to support NEWSAN and in achieving  the Open Defecation- after target by 2025.

    Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol, National Coordinator, WSSCC Nigeria, said it was imperative that a sustainable system be instituted and supported by the government to encourage CSO engagement for effective WASH governance, saying without governance, WASH services remain unsustainable.

    “CSOs need platforms to build capacity and resources to carry out crucial role by holding policymakers accountable and ensuring that budgets are spent and policies are formulated within the right context and sustainability.

    “We call on governments to create enabling environment to support and engage CSOs in policy formulation, through access to state structures for citizen participation and attainment of SDGs targets in Nigeria.

    “I therefore commend the federal government especially the Ministry of Water Resources and other key stakeholders and partners for the progress so far made in the WASH sector in recent years,” he added.

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