The Katsina state government organized a three-day training for about 120 stakeholders across the state on behavior change, hygiene promotion and sustainability.
Declaring the event open Wednesday in Katsina, Water Resources Commissioner Alhaji Musa Funtua said the training was to support the Clean NIgeria: Use the Toilet programme.
According to him, the training, which was part of the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (SURWASH) programme, came at the right time.
He explained that the program is a World Bank project, aimed at ensuring the cleanliness of rural communities, and also promoting the hygiene of the areas.
The commissioner added that for such a program to be sustainable, it had to reach the base, saying that “this is the reason for the training of the trainees, so that they can also bring it down to the base”.
According to him, the state government under Governor Aminu Masari has spent a lot in the sector, including providing clean and potable water.
He added that out of the seven states benefiting from the SURWASH programme, Katsina State was declared the best in terms of environmental sanitation and drinking water supply.
Dr. Sama’ila Mua’azu-Bawa, coordinator of the SURWASH program in the state, said the objectives of the training were also to promote sanitation in communities and improve water supply in areas. rural and urban.
According to him, the training aims to sensitize key stakeholders, especially local governments, on their commitment to hygiene promotion.
“In local governments, you know we have water and sanitation (WASH) services; this is why we invited the administrators of the 34 local authorities.
“The same goes for the office managers of the Clean NIgeria: Use the Toilet Project as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are stakeholders in the program,” he said.
Earlier, Clean NIgeria: Use The Toilet Program Manager Alhaji Isiyaku Idris said the success so far in the project in the state was due to the commitment of the Steering Committee, led by Commissioner to state water resources. (NOPE)