To ensure proper sanitary habit among Deltans, the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for stringent sensitisation measures in communities.
The Governor made the call, weekend, in Asaba when the management team of United Nation Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, paid him a courtesy visit.
“l believe that we need to create a proper forum, adequate and proper advocacy, create institutions and partnership at the community level to enable us achieve the goals of making our people imbibe good sanitary habit.”
“l believe that whatever we do in the area of sanitation, advocacy is the way out and encouraging our communities to buy in, we must make the communities understand that the issue of sanitation and hygiene is good for them and when that is accepted, it becomes easier for desired goals to be achieved,” he added.
Governor Okowa reiterated, “we will reinvigorate the teaching of hygiene and sanitation in our primary and secondary schools, we will add advocacy through traditional rulers and opinion leaders within the communities and l think that will help us voice whatever measures that will be put on ground,” and assured the UNICEF team of state government’s commitment to meet up with its counterpart funding.
The Chief Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer of UNICEF, Mr. Kannan Nadar had in an address, commended Delta State Government for its humanitarian support which has helped to improve the progress of the state in the UNICEF rating explaining that “Delta State have a good human resources capital but the government should give more priority to sanitation and hygiene.”
He said that it was important that all local government in the state have access to potable water and good hygiene adding that the organisation would give the state technical support.

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