Group seeks collective effort for scaling up sanitation, hygiene

Mr Victor Olaomi, Coordinator, Alliance for Hygiene Promotion, said that the task of the target of scaling up sanitation and hygiene in the country would involve all relevant stakeholders.

Olaomi believes the Federal Government alone cannot provide the basic sanitation and hygiene needs of the citizens.

According to him, scaling up sanitation and hygiene required big investments, adding that the country require adequate resources for meeting this plan.

We also know that there is no way the government can do it alone. So individually as a people, sanitation and hygiene is our responsibility as human beings. No government can give you money to wash your hands or keep your environment clean, we do that but we don’t do it enough as individuals. During the Ebola crisis, you could see how everybody was scrambling to wash their hands, keep their environment safe and all of that. For me, that should be the norm, the attitude and behaviour of Nigerians; it should not be as a result of Ebola. Now, if you go to hotels, schools and other public places, you hardly see those facilities for hand washing that we used to see during the Ebola crisis and that is worrying,” Olaimi said.

He said the organisation recently inaugurated a five-year strategy to strengthening the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in terms of coordination and investment.

He said it was important for more persons to be involved in the WASH sector in order to achieve the goal of hygiene promotion and access to water by Nigerians.

The coordinator called for better coordination and policy framework between government and other stakeholders for accountability and sustainability of the programme.

He commended SDG-6 for dedicating a goal to WASH, adding that the goal also accorded special attention to women, children and the vulnerable.

According to him, the goal entailed making water and sanitation available and sustainable for all by 2030 through the scaling up of sanitation and hygiene.

 

Mazino Dickson