By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday said that Kaduna State is committed to the goals of the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project as it enhances living standards and health outcomes for the people.
The Governor expressed this at the occasion of Commissioning Ceremony and Hand Over of Ten vehicles under the UNICEF/DFID SHAWN project for the SHAWN scale up Local Government Areas held at Government House premises in Kaduna.
El-Rufai stated that the SHAWN II Project is another demonstration of the intense institutional interest in improving sanitation in our communities.
According to him, the state government will continue to receive the kind support of development partners in delivering on these goals.
“The SHAWN II Project is a UNICEF/DFID Supported Program aimed at Improving Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Particularly in the Rural Schools, Communities and Public Places.
“UNICEF/DFID rated Kaduna State the best amongst Participating States in Nigeria in the Last SHAWN II Review Meeting Conducted in August, 2016.
The project is funded by UNICEF, UK DFIS and the Kaduna State Government.
It was launched in Kaduna state in 2014 with Kubau, Chikun and Kachia local government councils piloting the project.
UNICEF/DFID realized the need to expand the project to include more communities.
In 2016, the project was extended to cover 11 more local governments; Lere, Soba, Jaba, Jema’a, Kajuru, Zangon Kataf, Giwa and Kudan local government areas.
In a remark, the UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Field Office in Kaduna, Dr. Zakari Adam commended the Kaduna State Government for its efforts and commitment to develop Local Government Areas in the State.
He said, SHWAN II project aims at improving access to sanitation, hygiene and water supply to all citizens through eradication of open defecation, hand washing promotion, sanitation and provision of water facility.
The project presents Nigeria the opportunity towards realizing her goal of an Open Defecation Free Nigeria by 2025, he said.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai flanked by the Deputy Governor, Arch. Bala Bantex and other members of the State Executive Council Commissioned and Hand Over Vehicles and Supplies to Ten Local Governments.
“Birnin Gwari, Ikara, Kaura, Kauru, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Kagarko, Sanga, Sabon Gari and Zaria to mark the third phase of the Sanitation Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN II) Project.