WASH: Experts Call For Increase Budgetary Allocation
The Programme Manager,Rural Water And Sanitation Agency,Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources Anambra state,Mr Ezekwo Victor has called for Increased Budgetary provisions for the water sector Institutions in the state.
The Programme Manager who made the call in Akwa,Anambra state also called for Improve supervision and construction processes through the provision of adequate Project Vehicles for the Institutions and staff capacity development.
Mr Ezekwo during a presentation on Water,Sanitation and Hygiene Situation in Anambra state, (Responses &Progress) said Inability of community to raise fund for operation & maintenance were some of the challenges confronting water supply at the Local Government Areas.
“Other challenges include weak linkages to supervisory ministry MPUWR by other MDAs, Lack of Government Agency to provide technical support (Small Town & Urban).”Theft of parts e.g Generator, solar devices, cables, etc in some water schemes”.
According to him, “To ensure best practices in the sector through the implementation of the State water and Sanitation Law to aid effective implementation of PPP in the state, like the recent signing of MOU for the management of greater Onitsha Water scheme”
He solicited for the activation of the requisite water institutions as provided by the State’s WSS Law to ensure the sustainability and functionality of WASH facilities through the strengthening of community management structures.
Involve the private sector for operation & maintenance
Compliance to EXCO directive for linkages of relevant MDAs with MPUWR with respect to water projects and SWAp State wide implementation of the ODF roadmap”.
On his part the Minister of Information and Culture,Alhaji Lai Muhammed who commended UNICEF, EU and other groups for their partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria for their continuous and huge support in ensuring that safe water, sanitation and hygiene were brought to the rural people of Nigeria through the WASH Programme.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Child Right Information Bureau. Ministry of Information and Culture, Olumide Osanyinpeju observed that the issue of safe water and sanitation had been in the front burner of development issues in Nigeria because it affected major segment of the society, a lot of whom are children.
“Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is very important in the life of a Child. The Sustainable Development Goal 6 clearly emphasizes the importance of clean water and sanitation. Water and Sanitation are essential for the survival and development of all children, while simple Hygiene such as hand washing can save lives.”
“You are all aware that this Project has been on-going in the past five years because we have been a part of it through this media dialogue. ”
“A lot of milestone has also been achieved, and a lot still needs to be done considering the fact that we are yet to attain that level where we can confidently say that our communities all have safe water, sanitation and hygiene. It is to this effect that this media dialogue is organized.”
Mr Osanyinpeju therefore charged the media to collaborate with Agencies, NGOs and other Line Partners and Organizations to advocate on how best to address the challenges of sanitation and hygiene.
Also speaking UNICEF WASH Specialist (Research)Mainga Moono Banda,said lack of safe water, functional toilets, and hand-washing facilities in healthcare settings pose significant health risks to patients, healthcare workers and nearby communities.
“There is an ongoing global problem of health facility-acquired infections (HAI) e.g Sepsis. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections acquired while receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting.”
“This is a multisectoral problem that requires a comprehensive strategy, including WASH improvements, to prevent emergence and transmission of HAI. ”