A civil society organisation, Connected Development (CODE) has applauded the Niger State Government for signing the State Water, Sanitation and Health, (WASH) bill into law.
According to a statement signed by CODE’s communications officer, Kevwe Oghide, the WASH law will enhance the autonomy of the State Water Board and establish its independence to deliver safe, clean and potable water to the people of Niger State.
The State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, who signed the WASH bill into law on Wednesday, noted that the essence of the water and sewage corporation law is to achieve a developed water system in the State with the establishment of an independent, autonomous and commercially viable utility, according to a statement by the Public Relations Manager of the State Water Board, Aliyu Jibo Garba.
The organisation with the support of the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) Services Program, had urged the State to hasten assent of the Bill so as to eradicate bottlenecks holding back the need for the State WASH sector to be effective.
According to the CODE’s Niger State Lead on USAID E-WASH, Richard Umar, before the bill was signed, Niger State had been making intentional efforts to address sanitation issues, especially in urban areas. CODE commends the State Community-Based Organisations, State Media Organizations, the WASH Customer Forums and other WASH groups in Niger for advocating that the Government fulfils its promise to the people.