By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi- No fewer than 67 communities in Gamawa local government area of Bauchi state lack toilet facilities.
The Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH Coordinator of Gamawa local government, Mohammed Majaji stated this on Thursday during a Vote4 WASH pledge card development meeting, organised by the Network for Water and Sanitation of Nigeria, NEWSAN, with funding from Water Aid Nigeria and supported by the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation HSBC.
The meeting which drew stakeholders from Zaki and Gamawa local government area of the state, was aimed at sensitizing electorates in the Bauchi Northern Senatorial zone on their rights to demand for improved water and Hygiene services from thier leaders seeking various elective offices by using the power of thier votes.
The WASH Coordinator demanded for the construction of smart toilets in public places such as schools, markets, motor parks and hospitals in Gamawa local government to encourage people to cultivate the culture of using toilets, thereby discouraging open defecation.
” There should be more public private partnership between the government and Market associations for the construction of more latrines and smart toilets in communities.This will go a long way to improve hygiene and reduce contacting infectious diseases ” he said
Also in their separate submissions of WASH priorities during the meeting, the Chairman of Gamawa Ward Development Community, Ahmed Abba Juji and WASH Coordinator, Zaki local government, Bala Tata, demanded for the construction of more smart toilets in public places, repairs of broken boreholes, construction of refuse dumps at strategic areas, provision of VIP latrines in schools, worship places, hospitals and motor parks at the two local governments.
Earlier in his address, the Programme Officer NEWSAN, Mr Nicole Kankani said with the 2019 election around the corner, electorates should use the power of thier votes to demand for improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services from thier leaders because it is thier right.
“Another opportunity is here again for you to demand from your leaders those services that will improve your lives in the area of education, health, hygiene and water, instead of collecting salt and sugar.If you miss this opportunity, you have to wait another four years to make another demand” he said