Bauchi Government Commended For Paying N200m Counterpart Funding To SHAWN

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From Yahaya Audu, Bauchj

The Bauchi State Government has been commended for releasing the sum of N200 million as counterpart funds for the construction of 380 Hand Pump fitted boreholes in rural communities in the state.

Chief of Field Office,  Bauchi, Dr Abdulai Kaikai, gave the commendation in a symposium organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC) with stakeholders Bauchi to commemorate World Water Day in Bauchi with the THEME: “WATER AND WASTE WATER”.


He said the gesture would sustain the continuation of the implementation of the Sanitation, Health and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project in the state.

Kaikai who was represented  by UNICEF Bauchi Field office Communication for Development Officer, Hajia Hauwa Hassan, urged the state government to continue to plan for changes in safe water availability and demand in the coming years.

The Managing Director of BRC Hajia Liman Jummai Bello, urged media practitioners  to advocate for best policies and practices in terms of domestic and community management of water resources and to use their tools in changing the attitude of the
people.

The Bauchi State Commissioner for Water Resources,  Alhaji Ghali Abdulhameed, disclosed that the State
Government and the DFID through UNICEF under the SHAWN project has provided 2,256 Hand Pump
Boreholes and 37 Motorized Boreholes in several rural communities.

Abdulhameed said that the state government and partners have rehabilitated 1,628 Hand Pump Boreholes across the eight SHAWN intervention Local Government  Areas in the state.

The commissioner expressed concern that over 40% of people’s drinking water is contaminated with faeces, making them vulnerable to water related diseases, such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and typhoid

Stakeholders while commending the State Government for reviewing
the Bauchi State Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Policy, urged it
to intencify effort to ensure timely completion of the WASH Policy
Review.

They also charged businesses and communities to prevent
contamination and depletion of safe water sources, while at the same
time, urging communities to explore ways to diversify water sources
and increase their capacity to store water safely in a changing
climate.‎

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