NEWSAN Lauds FG, FMWR For Initiating Clean Nigeria Campaign

NEWSAN Lauds FG, FMWR For Initiating Clean Nigeria Campaign
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… Calls for adequate water sanitation, hygiene financing

By Mustapha Suleiman

The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has commended the Federal Government and the Federal ministry of Water Resources for initiating and using the Clean Nigeria Campaign, PEWASH, WASHNORM and putting financial instrument in place to support the campaigns in states.

Mr Benson Attah, National Coordinator of NEWSAN, gave this commendation during an advocacy visit to the Federal ministry of Water Resources in Abuja.
According to Attah, other areas of commendation include:establishment of Open Defecation (ODF) road map, state of emergency declaration in the WASH sector and the signing of executive order-009 by the Nigerian President against OD practice ’’ Attah who noted that a huge amount estimated to be US$122 billion is required to meet the SDG 6.1 and 6.2 targets for the country by 2030 and tackle challenges in the sector, he expresses the need to mobilise all stakeholders to support the acceleration of the establishment of WASH Fund for the Country as contained in the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)-Nigerian Country Brief since the country is already in the process of setting up a National Wash Fund, with contributions from federation accounts, grants, taxes and levies as well as donors` contributions targeted at encouraging states to prioritise WASH programme with a well-defined criterial for eligibility to draw from the fund. We wish to state that NEWSAN will be organising one- day stakeholder round table to discuss how to support this initiative and will appreciate you to come and elucidate more on the WASH Fund and how we can all collaborate to achieve it,’’ said the NEWSAN coordinator.

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Speaking further he emphasized that funding in the sector is grossly inadequate with the total investment needs to meet the SDG 6.1 targets for the country by 2030 estimated at US$122billion, adding that a minimum of three times of the current WASH investment will be required to meet the National Wash Action Plan.

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While budgetary allocation is the main funding source for the sector, he said that contributions of development partners through grants and direct implementation of projects is significant.
Responding on behalf of the ministry,
Director Water Quality Control and Sanitation Mr Emmanuel Awe commended NEWSAN team for the advocacy visit and urged to increase the tempo as a partnering NGO with common interest.

Awe assured the team of the ministry`s cooperation in improving quality water and sanitation in country, urging them to always avail the water ministry with useful information at the national, state and local government level.

He added “Our door is always open to you and fresh ideas to improve the sector are welcome at all time as the task of providing water and sanitation is a collective task that must won.’’

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NEWSAN is a coordinating network of over 300 civil society organisations, NGOs and community based organisations in water, sanitation and hygiene spread over the six- geo political zones of Nigeria. Its mandate is to ensure access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for all Nigerians through advocacy, communication, policy influencing, networking, research and knowledge sharing as well as securing governance accountability and transparency in the sector.


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