By Dennis Agbo, Enugu
UNITED States International Non-profit Organisation, WaterAid, has commenced galvanisation of entrepreneurs towards improving sanitation practices in Enugu state.
WaterAid, which had in the past ten years assisted in provision of safe water in the state, said it was back
to scale up sanitation practices while not leaving out provision of water completely in the state.
WaterAid Director of programmes, Mr. Anddy Omoluabi made the disclosure in Enugu, in a sanitation projects stakeholders validation workshop. Omoluabi said, “We are in Enugu to test how a market based approach to sanitation could be effective and the result of the research was quite interesting and we are looking for entrepreneurs hungry for the business.
“Unlike in the past that we provided water, we are here for sanitation project and the intention of the project is to see how we can encourage entrepreneurs to be part of sanitation solution, to improving sanitation in the state.
“We’ve gone beyond service delivery in water projects to where we now influence the government to take up responsibility of providing water to its citizens. This time we are applying best practices, technology to bring about solutions to water crisis in Enugu.” Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Mrs. Felicia Ikpeama said that government with its sanitation agencies had created access to over 96,600 users in various communities of the state.
She noted that power was a major issue in the provision of water to both urban and rural areas, adding that agencies such as DFID and SDGs have helped to improve on water supply in the state.