DG RUWATSSA calls for support for clean water and modern sanitation in Cross River
By Florence Kekong
From consolidating on the past achievements, to discussing identified gaps, the Cross River State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, RUWATSSA , is engaging Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) officials, the Media and other stakeholders in programme activities that boost the roadmap to overcoming water and sanitation challenges in the State.
Success results form the Agency's information unit revealed that,already, RUWATSSA, with support from from UNICEF,has mobilized and sponsored stakeholders in the water sector in a two-day State Level WASH Clinic that afforded all participants opportunity to consider new strategies, innovations, as they developed and shared field-updates for improved programme implementation.
Declaring the Clinic open, the Director-General, Mr. Ita Ikpeme who reiterated that clean water, basic toilet and good hygiene are essential for survival and development of the people, particularly, children, urged the participants to make meaningful contributions that would further address the lack of dependable access to clean water and modern sanitation.
He pointed out that water supply remains a challenge for government and other development partners because large gap remains in the rural areas.
For this reason, the DG opined, "everyone is a stakeholder in the WASH intervention s which are critical for creating and sustaining healthy and striving societies".
He argued that sustainable development is not possible without water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) hence, the clarion call for all to join hands in the fight against diseases occasioned by lack of good water and hygiene.
He assured that RUWATSSA would continue to encourage stakeholders to participate more actively and also called on the Clinic participants to take to heart that the meeting would lay down the framework for an expanded implementation of WASH in the two local government areasvof Boki and Yakurr where activities have been driven to an impressive stage.
Mr Ikpeme thanked the State Governor, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade for keeping to his promise to improve health conditions of the people.
On hand to facilitate and offer technical assistance were the UNICEF Consultant, Mr. James Beetseh, Programme Manager, Mr. Patrick Emori, Engr. Ibah and other WASH Coordinators