By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
The Permanent Secretary of the Bauchi State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr. Garba Babaji has disclosed that the state will access safe water, sanitation and hygiene in urban and rural areas by the year 2025.
Babaji, who made the disclosure in an interview with News men in Bauchi on Tuesday, 18th of September, 2018, explained that the action plan proposed by the state government was considering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6 targets.
He said, “To ensure access to safe, adequate and equitable water supply for all with a target of improving water supply coverage to 100 per cent both in urban and rural areas by 2025 before even the SDG target of 2030.
The permanent secretary maintained that Bauchi state will ensure 90 per cent hygienic sanitation coverage, with special attention to the physically challenged and socially excluded population by 2025.
“Successful realisation of Goal 6 will support progress across many of the other goals, particularly on nutrition, child health, education and gender equality,” He added.
Babaji also noted that the state government and partners had made concerted efforts to provide access to safe water and to reduce open defecation rates across the state.
He further said that the state government, DFID, and UNICEF have been implementing ongoing projects on Sanitation, Hygiene and Water-project in Nigeria (SHAWN) in 12 local government areas of the state.
“The projects includes 60 hand Pumps in health facilities, 150 toilets and boreholes in schools in the benefiting communities of the local government areas.
“Another 470 hand pump boreholes are to be dug in rural communities across the local government areas in order to provide safe and clean sources of water to the people,” he stated.
The Permanent Secretary RUWASSA, explained that the project was part of government’s policy of opening up and improving the standard of living of the in the rural areas in line with best practices of rural life the world over.
He however said, local government staff, civil society and community members have been trained on delivering quality services to grass root communities and sustainability of the projects.