By Ernest Nzor
Connected Development (CODE), a civil society organization, applauded the state government of Niger for agreeing to the state bill WASH, which will increase the autonomy of the State Water Council and establish its independence to provide safe, clean and safe water. drinking to the people. of the State of Niger.
The public relations manager of the State Water Council, Aliyu Jibo Garba, while speaking, said that the governor of the State of Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello, who signed the WASH law yesterday, noted that the essence of the water and sewage law is to achieve a water system developed in the state with the establishment of an independent, autonomous and commercially viable company.
Remember that the CODE, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Efficient Water Sanitation and Hygiene Services Program, had previously asked the State to speed up the Bill's consent, to in order to eradicate bottlenecks that prevented the state's need for WASH to be effective.
CODE executive director Hamzat Lawal, in a press release released to LEADERSHIP yesterday, said: “CODE had previously stepped up civic defense and met with opinion leaders, including the Emir of Minna, Niger, Hon Umaru Bahago and the state. Commissioner of Water Resources, Hon Yusuf Suleiman. Hon Suleiman promised to speed up the passage of the bill so that the governor could agree with him. The new law will also ensure that residents' rights to water are improved. "
“According to USAID's CODE Nigerian leader in USAID E-WASH, Richard Umar, prior to signing the project, the State of Niger was making intentional efforts to address sanitation issues, especially in urban areas. CODE commends state community organizations, state media organizations, WASH Customer Forums and other WASH groups in Niger for advocating that the government keep its promise to the people.
“This commendable development shows the progress that Niger is making towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6, which advocates clean and sustainable water for all. Undoubtedly, increasing access to WASH helps with economic development, poverty reduction, education (mainly for girls), health outcomes and much more. "