BY GLADYS EKWUGHE & OFFOR AZUKA : The Anambra State Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) Ambassador and the wife of the Governor of the State, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano has tasked all institutions to ensure provision of safe water supply in their communities as contaminated water will put them at the risk of water borne diseases.
She gave the task recently at the 2017 world water day campaign held recently in Awka the capital city of the state. The founder of CAFE said that this Year’s World water Day was to draw the attention of the masses on the major issues affecting the accessibility of water and sanitation facilities in the state such as the sustainability of water and sanitation projects.
Mrs Obiano represented by the S. A to Governor on youth empowerment, Dr Ibezim stressed the importance of the communities to take ownership of their water facilities by contributing 5% of the investment cost as well as ensuring that they set aside funds towards the operation and maintenance of their water facility. According to her, there is need for all the institutions to play active parts in the management of the water and sanitation facilities.
The wife of the governor however enjoined all community members in the state to provide adequate security for their WASH facility against theft, adding that despite government’s effort, water may become inaccessible to communities when components of water facility are stolen. She noted that the state government in collaboration with CAFE is working towards providing safe water in the state while emphasizing that this year’s awareness is being created on the importance of school sanitation and hygiene.
Mrs Obiano added that improved hygiene education will bring about the intention to change hygiene behavior in our environment.
Speaking at the event, the Director of Water Resources, Mr. Emmanuel Igwebuike educated the participants on the existing policy and law in the water and sanitation sector which provided for water facilities in different settlement in the State.
In his own part, the Acting Managing Director of Urban Water Asset Holding Cooperation, Engr. Okosieme said that the establishment of the Asset Holding cooperation was in line with the signed water and sanitation law.
Engr. Okosieme added that urban water asset replaced the old water cooperation to ensure adequate water in urban centres.
Also, the Coordinator of Small Town Water Agency (STOWA) Mr. Emeka Okwuogo said that the agency was created to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas. He said that a small town is any town which has a population of 5,000- 2,000 people adding that small town water agency was to support the communities in the management of their water and sanitation facilities.