By EZEKIEL DONTINNA

THE Country Women Association of Nigeria (COWAN), has in collaboration with NEWSAN and Water Aid, organized a Special Hand Washing Day for CORODA Primary School, in Riyom Local Government in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day.

Addressing the pupils, the state coordinator of COWAN, Mrs. Jessica Bonkat said, the occasion was supposed to hold on the 15th of October this year but for logistic challenges, they could not observe that day, hence the opening on the 23rd of October.

She noted that, lack of hand washing by children and parents has been the major causes of ailment that have killed many in Nigeria and called on governments at all  levels as well as stakeholders to provide schools with hand washing and toilet facilities.

On his part, the Management Committee Chairman of Riyom Local Government Council, Hon. Mafeng Gwolson, who was represented by his Supervisory Councillor for WASH, Hon. Samuel Ezekiel, thanked COWAN for their initiative and promised to ensure that all households in the local government have toilet facilities and good sanitation facilities.

Also speaking the Executive Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Prof. Mathew Sule, represented by the Education Secretary of Riyom LGC, Mr. Davou Dambo Mango, promised to make a compulsory step in all schools to have toilet facilities and appealed to parents to cooperate with various schools when the need arises.

Also, the Plateau State Assistant Team Leader for European Union, Water Supply Sanitation Sector. Reform Programme (WSSSRP iii) Rotaimi Tovioh, said they were in CORODA Community to take them into proper use of hand washing and educate them on the danger of open defecation to help reduce mortality rate.

Meanwhile, the Ata Ateng, of Ganawuri, HRH, Yakubu Chaiman has warned that serious action would be taken on every household that fails to have toilet facilities and urged school children to educate their parents on the importance of hand washing and having a toitlet facility.

The state coordinator of NEWSAN,  Mr. Vingsk Lomak represented by Mr. Jephtha Dafeng, appealed to relevant authorities to place sanctions on any household that refused to have toilef facility saying, “it is good for their health”, and enjoined parents to take that seriously.

The project officer of WASH – COWAN,  Abigail Ishaya said, “We are in this primary school because we believe that, it is better to teach the younger ones so that, they should grow with it. Since we are working on these two local governments Shendam and Riyom we hope that with time we are going to extend it to other Local Government areas.

There were goodwill messages for General Manages, PRUWASSA, Water board (PEPSA), UNICEF state consultant and the Riyom Local Government Director Sanitation and Hygene, Mrs. Mercy Da David as Mrs. Jessica Obadiah carried out the demonstration of hand washing respectively.

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