From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has achieved 96 per cent coverage in Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN 11) in rural communities under a tripartite funded collaboration between the state government and donor partners.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources in Kaduna, Mr Stephen Joseph, made the revelation during a press briefing to commemorate the World Water Day in Kaduna yesterday.
The occasion which had a theme ” leaving no one behind ” is organized yearly to find a way of tackling water crisis worldwide.
Mr Joseph said that ” there is an ongoing tripartite funded collaboration between the state and donors (UNICEF/DFID) under sanitation, hygiene and water in Nigeria in rural communities.”
“The project started with three pilot local governments areas but today we are proud to announce that 22 local governments areas (96%) of the state are covered with the projects.”
He further said that the state government is committed to the of such projects adding that modest achievements have been recorded through the construction of 870 gender sensitive ventilated latrines.
He also said that 86 solar powered boreholes as well as 986 hand pumps boreholes had been constructed just as 700 dysfunctional water facilities in communities, schools, primary healthcare centers and markets had been repaired.