By Patricia Amogu
Society for Water and Sanitation (Newsan), an NGO, on Thursday pledged its support for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RUWASSA) programmes in all area councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Mr Desmond Obieshe, Spokesman for Newsan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that the collaboration with RUWASSA would help in bridging the missing gaps in the WASH sector in the FCT.
“I believe that collaboration with RUWASSA will help us to bridge the gaps missing in the WASH sector here in the FCT.
“We are giving our full support during this time that issues in WASH has become enlisted as a state of National emergency,”
“We are committed to fighting issues relating to WASH, that’s why we are coming to throw our weights behind RUWASSA which is an umbrella body that sees to all water supply sanitation and hygiene issues in the rural communities in the FCT,”Obieshe said.
He said that the NGO had just finished collating some data that would be helpful in correcting data related issues in the water sector.
“If we have data then it becomes very easy for us to know the specific issues we are dealing with, and spearhead accurate solutions to them,” he said.
Obieshe said that the NGO would hold a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja to share a recent report on data collected from all the area councils in the FCT.
According to him, the planned stakeholders’ meeting will report back and share data collected among stakeholders in the WASH sector and also come up with a working group that will outline subsequent action plans to tackle major issues in the sector.
“Collecting data wasn’t easy around communities in the FCT, we visited all the area councils and submitted letters to the appropriate persons in charge, asking for convenient dates to come back and hold meetings with desk officers.
“Some of the area councils didn’t have designated desk officers to attend to us or even give us data,that was a major challenge in the collection of data, we also visited crucial stakeholders that see to WASH activities .
“’All responses were collected online after which we analysed and then summed up data and that is the result we now have with us,” the NGO. (NAN)