Masari declares emergency on WASH in Katsina
Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has declared a state of emergency on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state.
Speaking in a press conference at the Muhammadu Buhari Government House chambers, Masari said the declaration was necessary to reduce the rate of water-borne diseases across the 34 councils.
The governor’s proclamation is sequel to a similar one made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation’s WASH sector on November 7.
Masari said government had made progress with short, medium and long term plans to address the WASH service delivery across the state.
More than 3,500 hand pump boreholes, 100 solar-motorised boreholes, and over 450 toilets were constructed in communities, primary schools, health facilities and market places across rural communities in the state.
According to the governor, despite modest achievements recorded in the WASH sector, there is still need to make the pronouncement in view of challenges posed by water-borne diseases in the state.
The former speaker of the House of Representatives, therefore, directed the ministry of water resources to propose/establish inter ministerial steering committees on WASH, which he would chair.
He called on relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to launch sector reforms by the adoption of state level action plan, and to access the national WASH fund at the federal ministry of water resources.