USAID partners varsity to improve urban sanitation
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a new partnership with Elizade University (EU), Ilara-Mokin through its effective water, sanitation, and hygiene services (E-WASH) programme to accelerate waste management innovation at the Imo State water and sewerage corporation (ISWSC).
USAID is providing a $100,000 grant to Elizade University to design a first-of-its-kind computerised system that will automate and improve sanitation service delivery in Imo State.
The university, in a statement by its registrar, Omololu Adegbenro said the eight-month research initiative is spear headed by Dr. Olayinka Osuolale, a lecturer in the institution’s department of biological sciences.
“The role of technology in service delivery cannot be over-emphasised, especially in assisting service providers in the country’s economy to keep pace with current global technological trend. With this grant, the university’s research team will develop a viable solution that will assist the state government in liquid waste management,” Olayinka stated.
Nigeria has a substantial need for improved water, sanitation, and hygiene services. The 2015 WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring programme report for water sanitation and hygiene revealed that only 29 per cent of Nigerians have access to improved sanitation. This new computerised system for waste management will help address this issue.
Elizade University’s software developers would meet with ISWSC staff and hold focus group discussions with key stakeholders in six Imo State urban towns.
Once it is ready to be implemented, the USAID E-Wash programme will support the training of ISWSC staff on the new computerised system.
The USAID E-Wash programme is helping four other state water boards in Nigeria improve their performance by strengthening core financial and operational capabilities to increase water availability and sanitation services.