FG seeks innovation, renewed partnerships, to end poor sanitation indices

FG seeks innovation, renewed partnerships, to end poor sanitation indices

By Tosin Kolade, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government on Monday called for more innovative ideas and partnerships that would help to accelerate progress in scaling up sanitation and hygiene in the country.

 

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, made the call in Abuja, at the meeting of the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), a coalition of stakeholders working in the water and sanitation sector.

 

He said that the role of innovation could not be overlooked, following recommendations from all experts as a necessity to changing poor narratives in the sector.

 

While commending NTGS members for their tenacity in making former open defecation communities to become open defecation-free, the minister, however, urged them to be steadfast and credible in their efforts.

 

He said that efforts were underway to introduce the School, Health and Youth Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, through their parent ministries, so as to scale up sanitation in the country.

 

Adamu said that findings from the WASH Normal Routine Mapping showed low progress in attaining defecation-free local government areas.

 

He, however, said that with collective efforts, the negative indices would be reversed, for the overall good of the country.

 

Mrs Chizoma Opara, National Coordinator, Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat, said that efforts were on to train information officers, in order to promote sanitation awareness for the populace.

 

Opara said that Nasarawa State had shown major progress in its implementation of the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Plus programme, with 11 local government areas currently being supported.

 

Dr Jane Bevan, UNICEF’s Chief of WASH, said that there was the need for introduction of subsidies for most vulnerable persons in communities, so as to improve their wellbeing.

 

According to Bevan, this could be introduced during the triggering stages of CLTS processes in the communities.

 

“We are thinking about introducing subsidies to encourage vulnerable people to build their toilets, we are working to do this through introduction of loans in Bauchi and Oyo states,” she said.

 

One of the highlights of the meeting was the introduction of new consultants to work on the development of a National Social and Behaviour Change Communication Strategy and a Strategy for Scaling Up Sanitation Market in some states.

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