WaterAid Nigeria has called on elected government officials to urgently fulfil the campaign promises on the reform of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector,which they made during the campaign of the 2019 general elections.
Country Director, WaterAid Nigeria, Evelyn Mere while speaking at the Launch of ‘Keep Your Promises Campaign’ said the project promises on WASH made by elected officer has not been fulfilled.
“ While our Campaign was a success with 120 signed pledge cards from electoral aspirants, experience has shown us that the campaign promises have been largely unfulfilled, unmet and without clear and convincing plans for actualizing them”.
Mere noted that it is quite worrisome that presently, 54.6 million Nigerians do not have access to clean water supply, 116 million live without decent toilet and 37.8 million still defecate in the open.
Similarly, she said 50% of all health care facilities lack clean water, 88% lack basic sanitation and 57% lack hand washing facilities with soap including the schools and about 50% of all schools in Nigeria do not have basic water and sanitation facilities
“This poor access to these basic life-saving has adverse implication on education, health, nutrition and poverty amongst other things.”
However, Mere stated that the Launch of the Keep Your Promises Campaign is aimed at achieving development and good governance of elected officials who will be held accountable to deliver on their promises, roles and responsibilities.
Also, she said the campaign seeks to empower citizens to use the media and other accountability platforms to follow up with elected officials in demanding for transparent and accountable governance and influence reforms in the WASH sector.
Furthermore, she said the platform will be used to engage elected officials on the importance of WASH to development and keep them accountable to their commitments on increasing budget allocation to WASH services as well as to effectively utilize appropriated funds.
She thereby called on all elected officials to work towards changing the narrative on water and sanitation services in Nigeria by ensuring increased investment in the WASH sector and focus on providing both public and institutional WASH facilities to cater for the needs of Nigerians most especially for the poorest and marginalized who suffer most from a lack of access to the facilities and services.
“ At current rate of progress in Nigeria, we are still have a long way and in fact off-track from achieving the promises of sustainable development goal 6 and ensuring clean water and sanitation for all. But all together, we can make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation” she added.
It would be recalled that the
VOTE4WASH campaign which was launched in August, 2018 in seven states including
the FCT was able to influence political aspirants secured 120 signed pledged
card for the WASH reform but their promises has been largely unfulfilled.