FCTA Pledges To Tackle Poverty, Enhance Hygiene In Rural Communities
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has reiterated its commitment to reduce multidimensional poverty levels, to achieve the set target in water, sanitation and hygiene.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu stated this during the official inauguration of Abaji Water Treatment Plant in Abuja.
The Minister who explained that the project would improve the health and economic condition of the benefiting communities, said it would help to advance the cause of Sustainable Development Goals in the area.
Aliyu also revealed that the administration has initiated actions to achieve the targets of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene towards achieving Open Defecation Free status across the FCT .
Dr Aliyu who also hinted that the project has the capacity to serve more than one million people, promised other communities that are yet to benefit, that the administration was working to ensure that water is provided for the wellbeing of all.
She enjoined benefiting communities to get involved in protecting the facilities from being vandalized.
On the issue of sustainability, the Minister called for regular maintenance of the facilities to enhance uninterrupted water supply to the communities.
Her words: “The Administration shall also be counting on beneficiaries’ willingness to contribute their quota to the sustenance of quality service delivery through the introduction of metering for token water rate payments”.
Earlier, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, expressed optimism that the inauguration of the treatment plant would help to mitigate one of the challenges posed by inadequate infrastructure as well as improve the welfare of the people .