The Network Of Female Professional In Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) In Nigeria (FEMinWASH) has called for more proactive measures towards addressing the challenges of water sanitation and hygeine in Nigeria.
The President and Convener of the Group, Dr. Boluwaji Onabolu stated this during a courtesy call on the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu in Abuja.
Dr. Onabolu who expressed concern over poor water sanitation and hygeine in the country most especially in rural areas expressed the Group’s readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources on sanitation and capacity building towards reducing the problem in the country.
The President said women are mostly affected with the challenges of poor water sanitation and hygeine hence the need for the Network of Female Professional to come up with strategies that would reduce the problem.
She commended various initiatives put in place by the Ministry of Water Resources such as Clean Nigeria Campaign and National Action Plan to revatilize WASH among others.
While conferring the award of Grand Patron of the Group on the Minister, Dr. Onabulu solicited the support of the Ministry for the launch of FEMinWASH coming up next year.
On her part, the Media Director of the Group, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, said the the the Body is doing more to educate Nigerians including children, on the importance of water sanitation and hygeine as well as good environmental sanitation.
According to Dr Jummai, the Group is doing right now to educate people on cleanliness as they have to get into the curriculum of schools, foundations of churches and mosques, because cleanliness is next to godliness.
“We are working on a course in schools, called
Clean Environment, where we teach children the reasons why they should not litter in the first place” she stated.
Responding, the Minister of Water Resources also expressed the Ministry’s readiness to work with the professional body towards proferring solutions to challenges in the sector.
The Minister therefore advised Nigerians to develop the culture of good water sanitation and hygeine to reduce the outbreak of diseases associated with the problem.
He said efforts are also been put in place to end open defecation and ensure good water hygeine for Nigerians.