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USAID/UNICEF to spend $10m on safe drinking water in 3 Northern States

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Story from Ankeli EMMANUEL, Sokoto

The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID) alongside the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has shown further commitment to improving sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States.

Speaking at her opening remarks at a one day workshop with stakeholders from the three States in Sokoto, UNICEF Nigeria Chief of WASH, Jane Bevan hinted that the aim of the assistance was to build community-centred approaches for delivering, operating and managing sustainable Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a focus on fostering resilience in rural communities in partnership with the respective State governments.

According to Jane Benan, they are concerned about the availability of potable drinking water for all. This according to her, “was very necessary and part of the mandate which WASH is focused.”

While noting that, WASH is the entry point for meaningful development, Jane Bevan confirmed that WASH is needed for effective education, health, economy and every other aspect of human development.

Speaking on his part, Mr Maulid Warfa, Kano/Sokoto UNICEF Cheif of Field Office revealed that USAID will be spending ten million dollars to ensure safe drinking water in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States of north-west, Nigeria.

Amazed by the news, Engr Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources in his welcome address, said water supply remained critical to human existence.

The minister who was represented by Mr Emmanuel Awe, the Director Water Quality of the Ministry, confirmed that Zamfara at the moment has only 2 per cent open defecation.

Speaking in his goodwill message, Sokoto State Commissioner of Water Resources, Hon Umaru Bature said the State under governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has committed so much to ensure that portable drinking water is readily available for the people of the State.

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