By Charles Agwam – Bauchi
Media organizations have been urged to give prominence to issues concerning Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to draw attention of government to the pressing demands of good water and proper hygiene in Nigerian communities
A Non governmental organization, WaterAid gave this charge at the weekend, when it led other civil society groups such as WASH Media Network and Network for Water and Sanitation in Nigeria (NEWSAN) to various media houses in Bauchi to seek for support and collaboration.
Vanguard reports that the media outfits visited by the team include News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Zonal office, Bauchi Radio Corporation, Bauchi State Television, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Globe FM and Albarka Radio.
State programme lead of WaterAid Nigeria, Mrs Wandoo Akosu explained that the organization had recently introduced a project in the state tagged ‘VOTE4WASH’ which mandates all politicians seeking for political office to sign a Pledge Card in a bid commit them to provide potable water, improved sanitation and hygiene when elected into office.
She pointed out that lack of potable water, sanitation and hygiene facilities is still a major problem in the society especially in rural areas, hence the need for stakeholders, including the media to embark on consistent advocacy and campaigns to address the problem.
According to Wandoo “Basic needs like potable water and good hygiene will continue to pose a big challenge, especially in our local communities if nothing is done about it.
“The idea of using pledge cards to commit politicians and other duty bearers will go a long way to address most of these basic needs. It is in this light that we seek partnership with the media so they can help us amplify our concerns on water, sanitation and hygiene”.
The various media houses visited, pledged their support to amplify water, sanitation and hygiene issues, citing that it is one of their core mandates to educate the people, especially with regards to water, sanitation and hygiene.