GHI commissions I-WASH facilities to reduce water-borne diseases, others in Kebbi
The Green Habitat Initiative (GHI) has commissioned water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in Kebbi State. The ceremony, which took place in two local councils yesterday, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was aimed at improving sanitation in the state.
The Chief Executive Officer of GHI, Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Guluma, said the project was meant to increase sustainable access in improved and inclusive Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services in underserved schools, primary health centres and communities across Gwandu, Kalgo and Argungu local councils.
He said in line with the Project design, the GHI has constructed 14 new Solar Powered Water facilities, rehabilitated 20 boreholes, constructed 10 new sanitation (toilets) facilities and 10 new hand washing facilities for schools, primary health centres and communities across the target areas.
Guluma added that the project has impacted about 46,000 beneficiaries with the provision of improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
“The GHI supported State and local councils institutions, as well as communities to promote safe sanitation and hygiene behavior and good water resources management,” adding that the activities were implemented through a participatory approach that leverages public and private partnerships thereby triggering all stakeholders to action and stimulating the WASH market.
While commissioning the facilities, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Hajiya Aisha Usman, commended the GHI for the extensive work and impact of the WASH sector in the state.
She also assured of the state government’s support to improve the WASH services.
In a similar vein, the Kundudan Kabi of Argungu local council, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Kwaido who also commissioned water, sanitation and hand washing facilities in the council area, mentioned the importance of good sanitation and hygiene behavior in preventing water-borne diseases and urged the community to ensure the sustainability of the facilities.