From EZEKIEL DONTINNA, Buachi
NO fewer than one hundred and sixteen million people are without decent toilet facilities and clean water to enjoy good hygiene, Water Aid Nigeria, has decried.
Communication Officer Water Aid Nigeria Blessing Sani disclosed this Monday at the Case Study and Communication Learning Workshop organized by WaterAid in collaboration with NEWSAN funded by EU-TAC, held at the Double 4 International Conference Hall Bauchi, Bauchi State.
She said,” our work is to tell the story of the poor and most marginalized to let the world know the impact of access to clean water, decent toilet and good hygiene and the challenges thereof”
“There are many people who lack access to basic human needs. We have over 40 million people defecating in the open- that is not a good practice. We have one hundred and sixteen million people who are without toilet facilities and a good number of them have no access to clean water”.
“These people are living without these basic needs even when we say water and sanitation are basic human needs. When we let the world know about their situation, it can compel government to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities, which is their rights”, Sani stressed.
She, therefore, called on the people to demand and create dialogue through Duty Bearers, because Water sanitation and hygiene is basic human rights and not a privilege or charity, hence the need for government to carry out their obligation of providing these needs.
On his part, the Project Officer, EU-Technical Assistant to Civil Society Organizations Plateau State, Jephtha Daleng, described the workshop on Case study and communications as apt to the capacity strengthening of CSOs to be able to Campion WASH governance in Plateau State.
“I hope that at the end of this project, the CSOs and the Media that are here will be equipped with necessary information and key communication tools in Case study. My expectation for this training in Bauchi is for CSOs to champion the issue of water sanitation and Hygiene in Plateau State”, he remarked.
While commending the organizers of the training, Esther Sunday Makwe,of Advocacy for Women With Disabilities Initiative, called on the government to make life easy for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) because polio has its root from lack of clean water.
Participants from Society for Water and Sanitation Bauchi, Nicol Kankani, Mo Majic Production, Abuja, Erica Obia and Hope Spring Charity Foundation Enugu Mr. Temple Onyeke, said, the workshop would build their capacity in making positive case study in WASH sector. The workshop would round up on Friday, the 23th August, 2019.