CERI, Human Rights Commission Partner On Rights To Water Sanitation, Hygiene

CERI, Human Rights Commission Partner On Rights To Water Sanitation, Hygiene
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By Mustapha Suleiman

The Community Emergency Response Initiative(CERI) has partnered with the National Human Rights Commission in ensuring that water as a basic right to human being is accessible to all.


Speaking during the visit to the National Human Rights Commission headquarters in Abuja, Executive Director of CERI Mr Benson Attah said that the visit is parts of the NGO`s advocacy visits to MDAs and relevant organisations in creating synergy in the provision of water and sanitation to Nigerians.

Attah noted that WASH is human right and not a privilege, saying CERI collaboration with the commission is to prioritise water provision as a basic right to the people.

According to him, the outbreak of preventable diseases like cholera, diarrhoea among others which have led to so many deaths can be prevented if clean water, toilet and sanitation are made easily accessible to the people.

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He said people living with disability should be put into consideration in toilet provision in offices and public places as not all of them can make use of the major ones available in many places. He also called for free distribution of sanitary pads to female school children as many of them are not buoyant enough to buy them which, according to him, has caused them public embarrassment.

Further commenting on the visit, Attah said that, “we need each other, we must strategize to see how we can go about it and achieve our common goal.’’

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Responding, Mrs Halimah Oyedele, Director Corporate Affairs and External linkages of Human Rights Commission said that NEWSAN is doing a great job, adding that the visit has afforded the commission to learn a lot from the organisation, especially in the aspect of undeniable human rights to portable water and sanitation provision.

She said that the issue of gender discriminations and segregation in the aspect of age/ gender as well as people living with disability were discussed at the meeting.

Mrs Oyedele said that the impact of poor water and sanitation on our development cannot be over emphasised because if one falls ill, he/she  ends up in the hospital thereby spending the little income he/she earns on medical bills and may as well be  out of job as well as school as the case may be.

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 According to her, “water is life itself, and it is the greatest right to life. If we are saying right to life, then we have to talk of right to safe water and heathy environment.’’


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