Ahmadu Baba Idris, Birnin Kebbi
The Green Habitat Initiative (GHI) has commissioned water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in Kebbi State.
The commissioning ceremony which took place in two local government areas respectively on Thursday was aimed to improve and sustain integrated WASH Services with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Delivery his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of GHI Project, Eng. Abubakar Sadiq Guluma said the aim is to increase sustainable access to improved and inclusive Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services in underserved schools, primary health centers, and communities across Gwandu, Kalgo, and Argungu LGAs in Kebbi State.
According to the Project design, the GHI constructed 14 new Solar Powered Water facilities, rehabilitated 20 boreholes, constructed 10 new sanitation (toilets) facilities, and 10 new handwashing facilities for schools, primary health centers, and communities across the target areas’ he said.
Guluma added that the project has impacted around 46,000 beneficiaries with the provision of improved water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
“The GHI supported State and Local government Areas, institutions as well as communities to promote safe sanitation and hygiene behavior and good water resources management.
“These activities were implemented through a participatory approach that leverages public and private partnerships thereby triggering all stakeholders to action and stimulating the WASH market,” he added.
The facilities were commissioned and declared open by Hajiya Aisha Usman, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.
In her speech, she commended the GHI for the extensive work and impact in the WASH sector of Kebbi State.
She also assured of the State Government’s support for improving WASH services.
In a similar event, the Kundudan Kabi of Argungu LGA, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Kwaido also commissioned water, sanitation, and hand washing facilities constructed by GHI under the I-WASH Project in Argungu LGA.
He explained the importance of good sanitation and hygiene behavior in preventing water-borne diseases and urged the community to ensure the sustainability of these facilities.
Also Speaking there, the Chief Executive Officer of GHI, Engr. Gulma thanked the State Government of Kebbi State as well the communities and other relevant stakeholders for their support throughout the Project implementation.
He noted that the vision to reduce water-borne diseases is now being realized in Kebbi State through the I-WASH Project and other efforts from the State Government and relevant partners in the sector.
He called on the leadership structures across the stratum to lead with a strong ownership and maintenance culture for the sustainable management of these facilities that have been provided.