BY Anayima Abo
A non Governmental Organisation under the aegis of Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has advocated for the inclusion of people living with disabilities in the Hygiene and Sanitation policies and Programmes of Government to give them a sense of belonging.
This is even as the Commissioner For Water Resources and Environment Engr Dondo Ahire informed that the State Government has already commenced building of toilets facilities that will cover people living with disabilities.
The Deputy Coordinator NEWSAN Princewill Nordi who made the advocacy during a visit to the Commissioner of Water and Environment Engr Dondo Ahire, also appealed for Budgetary allocation to hygiene and Sanitation as well as a strategic plan for sustainability.
While commending the Commissioner for steps taking so far in addressing issues of Sanitation which is shown in the certifying of Six Local Government in the State Open Defecation Free (ODF), the Coordinator urged him to focused more on the constraints of Citizens on Hiegiene Sanitation and Environment.
“We want to thank you so much for the steps taken so far to ensure that citizens of the State imbibe the culture of Hygiene and Sanitation through the provision of Water and other necessary Hygiene methods to save lives especially at the rural setting”
“I want to also appeal for the inclusion of NEWSAN members in government programmes both in the State and local level for accountability and transparency”
Earlier, Engr. Ahire who commended Members of NEWSANS for their move to ensure healthy living for the people of the state , said the Ministry under his watch will go all out in ensuring the sustainability of the Programme.
“We have engage in massive campaigns in the hinter areas as well as drilling of hand pump boreholes to assist our people in the area of portable water because this will save more lives and money”
Engr Ahire called on all hands to be on deck to ensure that all citizens of the State imbibed the culture of good and sustained hygiene and Sanitation standard practices to stem the tides of any disease outbreak.