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Day1: WASH Media Network Sanitation Workshop @WaterAidNigeria

BENUE – FEBRUARY, MONDAY 29TH 2016 - The programme started right at about 9:02am with a welcome address by the WASH chair FCT, Mr Wale after the Objectives which includes strengthening of existing relationships between the NTGS, STGS and WASH Media, promotion of WASH Issues and its impact on human development was clearly introduced by Blessing Sani. She noted that by the end of the two days workshop, participants are expected to gain capacity in effective coverage of WASH issues, better integration among partners to showcase the intervention of WaterAid in Nigeria.

Subsequently, we had four presentations facilitated by Saheed Mustapha, Clarisse Baghnyan, Wandoo Akosu and Nneka Akwunwa.

Saheed dwelling on the status of WASH in Nigeria, focused on the issues of sanitation. He stressed that improved water and sanitation could boast the nation’s GDP without having to depend or clamour for international aid.

He also drew attention to the fact that WASH crisis was not driven by scarcity by inequality across various divides in the Nigeria context.

Clarisse and Wandoo on the other hand, exposed the depth of the embarrassing situation of Open defecation (OD) across the country as a result of inadequate Water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructures in the country.

The media was called upon to strengthen their role in order to tackle the issues of poor water and sanitation services delivery through advocacy to the government and creating awareness to communities to improve on good personal hygiene and sanitation.

We had an interesting discussion that revealed the poor attitude of most Nigerians both in the rural and urban areas to sanitation as it regards open defecation (OD).

Proposing a way forward a call was made for improved investment in sanitation, implementation and enforcement of water and sanitation laws and also the introduction of voluntary sanitation Marshalls, if the war against open defecation must be won in our communities.

Furthermore,  were made to understand by Nneka that the concept of sanitation Marketing (SanMark) was a new approach that combines both social and commercial marketing approach to increase demand as well as supply of improved sanitation hardware across communities. Finally we were updated on the campaign progress made in the pilot states (Ekiti, Jigawa and Enugu) were SanMark was introduced.

She added that this is a product research and the team is working towards perfecting the product and it decimation.

However, participants expressed their various views concerning the cost, topography, acceptability and sustainability of the product.

At the end of each presentation, questions were raised by the participants on several issues which were duly answered by the facilitators. Prayer from Mr Umar A. B and Babs Usigbe at about 4:30Pm marked the close of activities.

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