From VICTOR GAI, Jalingo

A quarterly review meeting for urban WASH media network just ended in Jalingo.

The meeting was aimed at reviewing all the objectives set at an earlier meeting in June in an interactive session with journalists in Taraba.

During the workshop, participants reviewed what each did during the period after the last workshop while participants identified the challenges which hindered the achievement of set targets in the last workshop.

Also, recommendations were made on how to overcome those challenges.

In his remarks, the Chief of Party of E-WASH, Dennis Mwanza, stated that the success of the E-WASH program depended on what media practitioners say about it. He advised journalists to clarify issues before going to press.

Issues discussed during the workshop include hygiene, gender, sanitation and the corporatization of the Taraba State Water Supply Corporation(TAWASCO) which is aimed at ensuring efficiency and access to sanitation, hygiene and water.

At the end of the workshop, an 11 point communique was released.

Meanwhile, E-WASH means, Effective,Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services. It is a technical assistance support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for four years (2018-2022) with the objectives of creating professionally managed and commercially oriented State Water Supply Agencies, improved financial and operational viability to strengthen policy. The donor agencies develop the program while Nigerians implement it. The E-WASH covers Imo, Sokoto, Taraba, Abia, Niger, Delta (I-STAND) and has an initial investment of $65 million.

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