EU, UNICEF COMMEND, CROWN MRS OBIANO ‘WASH’ AMBASSADOR By Kingsley Ezekwelu

Gov Willie Obiano has said that his administration was very committed through its partnership with both the private sector and Development Partners, to ensure that all communities in the state have access to safe and potable water.

The Governor who was speaking this afternoon at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka during the Crowning of his wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, (WASH), “ambassador”

The event which was also used to mark the 2016 global handwashing celebrations and the Presentation of the State’s Open Defecation Free Roadmap, attracted key stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene business including Community leaders, development partners, pupils and students of various schools in the state, amongst others.

Gov Obiano noted that the state has set a proper mechanism in place to attract investments in the water sector,and revealed that his administration has so far paid over N700 million in counterpart funds for various projects across the state under the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme.

He also hinted on the WASH policy introduced by his administration aimed at encouraging community ownership of water projects in their localities and setting a model for the ideal government-private sector partnership in water sector, calling on well meaning Ndi Anambra to partner the state government in providing portable water to the people.

The Governor described the target of total eradication of Open Defecation in the State by 2025 as realizable with the support of everyone, stating his administration’s resolve to initiate the relevant push and enforce the framework that will drive the vision.

He thanked the European Union and the UNICEF for the honour done his wife, and described it as a fair feedback that what his administration has done and will continue to do in empowering women and vulnerable children especially in the rural places, were appreciated.

The governor reassured the development partners that his government would sustain its partnership with them to secure better living conditions for the people.

The European Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Mitchel Arion expressed delight that the long standing cordial relationship which the EU has enjoyed with the State and said the celebration is designed to reflect on the challenges that mitigate effective water services to the people and generate the resolve to address them.

In his remarks, a representative of the UNICEF, Mr Soaando Anom and his Islamic Development Bank Counterpart, Mr Abdullah Kilaki respectively acknowledged that though government and the development partners are committing so much resources towards making potable water accessible to the people and reducing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene related diseases, it requires the collaboration of all stakeholders for the vision to be achieved .

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