Bauchi State Chief of Field Office for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mr Tushar Rane, has commended Governor Bala Mohammed for assenting to a bill to convert the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) units into departments in the state.

Rane gave the commendation in Bauchi on Monday at the commemoration of the 2022 Global Handwashing Day.

He further revealed that Bauchi was among the leading states in the implementation of WASH-related interventions in Nigeria, adding that the state presently has seven LGAs that had attained the status of Open Defecation Free (ODF).

Rane added that UNICEF was optimistic that the Bauchi state government would support the full implementation of the state’s ODF road map designed to end open defecation by 2025, and subsequently contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

“To encourage development partners to sustain funding support for WASH interventions in all the 20 LGAs of Bauchi State, we would like to suggest that the state government should consistently release project capital cost to provide WASH facilities for all communities, schools, and primary health centres,” he stated

“The state government should also facilitate monthly release of project LGAs operational fund to the LGA WASH departments by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to sustain project implementation at the LGA and community levels”

According to him, governments, development partners, the private sector, and academic institutions must join hands to advocate for and to make handwashing a centrepiece of healthy practices beyond the 15th of October of every year.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Ahmad Jalam, said this year’s commemoration has become more important as the simple and effective practice of hand washing with soap and clean water had been shown to be the first line of defence against the spread of coronavirus and cholera among other diseases.

Represented by Mr Adamu Ali, Director, Water Supply, Ministry of Water Resources, the commissioner said that WASH is one of the key priorities of the Governor Mohammed administration.

The Commissioner disclosed that significant progress had been made in the improvement of access to safe water supply and effective sanitation in the state.

“I want to assure you that this government is resolutely committed to sustaining and accelerating progress in access to safe water supply, effective sanitation and good hygiene practices for the continued betterment of the lives of our people,” he said.

The theme of this year’s hand washing day is ‘Unite for universal Hand Hygiene’.

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, which is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.


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