Lagos Water Corporation Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Miminu Adekunle Badmus today Tuesday 13th February 2018, joined other major stakeholders in Water and Sanitation to revitalize WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) sector.
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources organized 2-day 2nd National retreat on Revitalization of Nigeria’s WASH sector, at the Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja to bring back the sector to life. The retreat commenced today Tuesday 13th February and is expected to end on Wednesdays 14th February 2018.
Among notable personalities present at the retreat is Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE; Permanent Secretary to the FMWR. Dr. Musa Ibrahim; Mr. Emmanuel Awe (Director, Water Quality, and Sanitation, FMWR); Honourable David Jastaru Wuyep; Mr. Luiz Alberto Andrews (World Bank); Engr. Ajisegiri Benson; Mrs. Tanwa Koya (Consultant); Engr. Olusola Suulola (Consultant) among others.
Topics to be discussed include Action plans on Vision, Principle, Objectives of WASH sector. others are Governance, Finance, Sustainability, Sanitation, Monitoring, and Evaluation.
The First plenary session is to be chaired by Dr. Musa Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, during which the LWC boss, Engr. Abdumuminu Badmus is expected to deliver a lecture on an action plan for sustainability of the sector.
Second plenary session scheduled for Wednesday 14th February 2018 shall witness recap of the first-day session and preparation of the group discussion to be led by Mr. Luiz Alberto Andrews (WB) and Engr. Ajisegiri Benson.
“Safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities are critical to the survival, growth and well being of the children.”
Universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation is one of the seven promises made by 71 Heads of State at the World Summit for Children in 1990 to transform and improve the lives of the world’s children.
“The reason is clear: Safe water is essential for life and sanitation and hygiene enhances good health.”
Presently, “In Nigeria, access to clean water and sanitation is generally improving — but at a slow pace.”
Available statistics indicate that access to basic sanitation and water supply in the country is still less than 50 percent. Increasing access is, therefore, a major challenge.
It is on this premise that the Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu in his remarks called for modalities and strategies to revitalize the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector, as a way forward to improve access to safe drinking Water and Sanitation in Nigeria.
A recommendation and communique are expected to be issued at end of the 2-day retreat to draw the curtains of the 2nd edition of the National retreat.