The Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) has launched a project for the actualization of 100 percent sanitation, water and hygiene coverage in three selected local government areas of the state by the year 2014.
The project, funded by the United Kingdom’s department for international development (DFID) under the sanitation, water and hygiene in Nigeria (SHAWN) is to focus on communities in Bakori, Kaita and Mai’adua local government areas of the state.
In an address during a capacity building workshop for sanitation departments of the selected councils, the executive director of RUWASSA, Abubakar Mamman Gege said the project was aimed at ensuring total sanitation, personal and household hygiene with emphasis on the eradication of open defecation. The director who was represented by the agency’s secretary, Hamisu Musa Abubakar also disclosed other areas of encouragement included hand washing with soap and water as well as the provision of adequate and portable drinking water in all the communities.
The agency also trained the communities in the preventive maintenance of hand pumps as well as formation of water, sanitation and hygiene committees (WASHCOMS) to enable them maintain their sanitation facilities.
Source: Lawal Ibrahim, Daily Trust / allAfrica.com, 9 December 2010