2019: What CSOs, political parties agreed on water in Bauchi

By Ahmed Ahmed

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Bauchi have organised a meeting with political parties and stakeholders on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state.
The discussion on WASH sector was held ahead of the 2019 elections as part of the Vote For WASH campaign and supported by WaterAid Nigeria in Bauchi on Wednesday.

The programme was to hold political office holders on their promise to provide clean water to ensure sanitation and hygiene in the communities and for the people.
Our correspondent reports that the discussion was attended by representatives of political parties, religious, community leaders, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and other stakeholders.
The Five political parties, APC, PDP, NNPP, GPN and SDP attended the interactive programme and rolled out their blueprint to the electorate on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues.

The Bauchi State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nuru Kobi, had said that the programme was part of programmes to provide an engagement platform between politicians, political parties and the electorate.
The APC representative, Hassan Ahmed Umar, said that the government had developed various strategic plans of developing the water supply sector in the state.
He said that the APC led Bauchi State government has also keyed into various water and sanitation programmes being undertaken in the state by various international and local partners through its agencies like the state Water and Sewerage Corporation, the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) and other agencies.
According to him, the partnership has helped in increased access to clean water and hygiene in rural areas which reduced incidences of water related illnesses in the state.
On his part, the PDP representative, Ibrahim Baba, said that PDP had done a lot in many areas in the past 16 years and would continue to do more for the citizens if voted to power.
According to him, various improvements in water supply had been recorded which he said has not been sustained by the APC administration which took over in the state.
Also, Alhaji Sabiu Zaranda, the state spokesperson of NNPP, said that as a party, they had incorporated into its manifesto to give priority to water supply, hygiene and health issues.

The state chairman of GPN, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Bura, lamented that lack of continuity and clear blueprint on the part of government is the main problem in the country.
He said that government must strive to provide access to clean water to the population to ensure good health.
Comrade Danjuma Abdullahi of the SDP said that as part of its manifesto, the party is looking at how to ensure the provision of clean water across the country when voted into power.
A representative of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Ezekiel Sukumun, said that WaterAid launched the Vote 4 WASH programme to remind politicians that provision of water, sanitation and health services to electorate is not a privilege but a right.
He said that the electorate had been sensitised to hold politicians accountable for the promises they made by signing the pledge cards which would be used to gauge their level of commitment.
He however urged journalists to remind politicians on their promises made to the communities during their campaigns.

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