FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES EVALUATION OF SURWASH IMPLEMENTATION ACROSS SEVEN STATES

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated a comprehensive assessment of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water and Sanitation Hygiene (SURWASH) program across seven states in the country. These states include Imo, Delta, Ekiti, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, and Plateau.

As part of this evaluation, officials from the Federal Government have embarked on an assessment tour, beginning with a visit to the Imo State Water and Sewerage Corporation (ISWSC) in Owerri. The visiting team consists of esteemed individuals such as Ayaba Idamaka, an Assistant Director (Hygiene) from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources; Juliet Iordye, a Sanitation Sector Planning and Management Officer in the Federal Project Implementation Unit (FPIU) of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources; and Chinyere Okolo, an official from the ministry.

During their visit, the Federal Government officials were warmly received by key state representatives. Notable among them were Udegbe Chizoba, an engineer and the Imo State Project Co-coordinator (SPC) of NG-SURWASH; Dr. Evans Ohaji, also an engineer and the Technical Adviser to the SPC; and Paschal Opara, the Communication Officer for the Imo State SURWASH program.

Providing insights into the program’s objectives, Ayaba Idamaka emphasized the Federal Government’s dedication to addressing existing gaps, offering necessary support, and fostering collaboration among the three implementing agencies involved in the SURWASH program.

The main focus was on promoting sanitation hygiene and eradicating open defecation by ensuring the availability of clean toilets in various public places such as markets, hotels, hospitals, fuel stations, schools, and healthcare facilities, both in urban and rural areas.

To achieve these goals, Idamaka called upon state governments to enact legislation that would facilitate the improvement of sanitation hygiene, ensuring clean water supply, and ultimately putting an end to open defecation. She highlighted the importance of stringent enforcement mechanisms and the imposition of sanctions on those who fail to adhere to the regulations.

At present, the reported statistics indicate that there is a 46% coverage in terms of sanitation, 17% coverage in hygiene, and a mere 6% coverage in healthcare facilities. The government’s endeavours  through the SURWASH program are aimed at significantly improving these figures and ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment for all citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

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