World Bank partners government, group on rural Hygiene, water project in Imo
The World Bank has partnered with Imo State Government and a non-governmental group, Society for Water Sanitation (NEWSAN), to address problems of rural hygiene, sanitation and water deficiencies in the state’s 27 local councils.
Both the Permanent Secretary of Imo State Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Nnenna Nwugo and the acting General Manager of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), Edom Chikadibia, disclosed this in Owerri, when NEWSAN’s Coordinator, Ikenna Anumnu, accompanied by some officials, including Felxfame Enisire, Okechukwu Okoro and Juliet Okeihi, paid them a visit.
They said NEWSAN would be involved in massive sensitisation of the citizenry. Also, Nwugo said the initiative was geared towards tackling open defecation, adding that the state government in conjunction the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services, had carried out the turnaround maintenance of the 40 -year -old Otammiri Water Scheme, leading to water supply to homes in Owerri, after several years.
Chikadibia said the agency had sunk many boreholes in some communities to address rural hygiene and sanitation. It also built public toilets in schools and markets to end open defecation in line with World Bank’s advice.