Muh’d Zangina Kura, Dutse
United Nation Children’s Funds (UNICEF) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Water Resources had presented certificate to 14 local governments in Jigawa state for being certified as ‘ Open Defecation Free.”
Speaking at ceremony for the presentation of the certificate, WASH Manager, UNICEF Field Office Kano, Mr. Rafid Salih expressed the happiness of United Nation for the remarkable achievement in address the menace of Open defecation in Jigawa state
He said, UNICEF in collaboration with the state government has been worlking on the area of water, sanitation and hygiene since 2010 and the result is fantastic .
Mr Rafid than called on the state government to allocate more fund for sustaining the success and ensure all 27 local government of the state became free Open Defecation
He also called on traditional leaders, civil societies, private organization and general public to keep-up their enlightenment campaign against open defectiom to ensure clean society.
“Hygiene and Sanitation are very critical in addressing many disease that are contributing to the high rate of child death and all hands must be on deck to ensure the survival of our children” Mr Rafid declared.
In his remarks The federal Minister of Water Resources Engineer Sulaiman Adamu describe the presentation of the certificate as milestone toward achieving targeted goals of making Nigeria a Free Open Defication society by 2025.
He said Federal government will .continue investing heavily to make provision of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities accessible and affordable to all Nigerians.
In his speech Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar said, clean water is one of the basic necessity needed by common man daily, and providing such necessity remain one of the Paramount priority of his government.
“We thanks Almighty God as UNICEF is presenting certificate of Open Defictiom Free” to 14 local government with estimate of three million population, we are equally happy for achieving 92% provision of clean water to our people,”
The governor than promised to continue .collaborating with Federal government, UNICEF other partners and general public to make Jigawa clean and happiest society for all.