By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government has targeted the year 2023 to focus more attention to needs of women and girls to improve the living standards of the citizens to have access to water, sanitation, hygiene service as part of the indices that will never be ignored.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani stated this during the official flag-off of the National Youth Volunteer Programme on handwashing and clean Nigeria campaign for COVID-19 prevention held in Kaduna.
The Commissioner said, the programme is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with Ministry for Local Government Affairs, UNICEF, and other partners in the water sector in order to train 100 youth volunteers in the 23 local government areas in Kaduna State.
However, nationwide, the programme targets the engagement of 100 youths volunteers for community sensatisation on proper hand washing of participant and it is drawn from each of the 774 local government areas across the country.
He said the programme is going to be for three months.
“The ideas is to encourage people to imbibe the practice of hand washing so that it will prevent some communicable diseases that have become so prominent in our communities.
“This is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (6). it is aimed at ensuring availability and sustenanable management of water and sanitation for all by the year 2030.
“It is also to eliminate the often defecation that is common in some of the areas, their gathering has to do with ceremony and the later section of the trainers programme. They are expected to receive some instructions on how to step down this training in their local government areas.
“We hope that at the end of the day, they will be able to achieve the objectives of the program and also enhance the sanitation condititions of our people.
“The program will last for three months, and beginning from now and our intention is to see that we add up to the number that we already have in our local government areas that have been declared to as open defecation free.”
In a welcome address, the Director General KADRUWASSA, said, “without water supply we cannot discuss water sanitation. By 2023, we must have achieved our targets in the state.
“This is a great landmark in the state as we are ready to partner in the areas of hand washing.
He urged communities to indulge in water sanitation, clean of environment to avoid colerra with handwashing so that we can be able to prevent colerra disease in the state.
“The youth will be officially trained on how they are to mobilize the community and the distribution of facemasks to the society.
“The physically challenged also are to benefit from this, we are ready to carry out campaign to every corner of the society.”