UNICEF has constructed 33,000 household latrines in Katsina State to stop open defecation in 1,467 communities.
The field officer of UNICEF, Mrs. Padmoratahe Yelda revealed this while presenting five Hilux vehicles and twenty motorcycles to state government under Sanitation Hygiene and Water in Nigeria, SHAWN programme on Thursday.
Mrs. Yelda said 720 VIP latrines were also constructed in primary schools in Kaita, Maiadua, Faskari, Dutsinma, and Sandamu local government areas.
She said as part of the effort to ensure provision of portable water, UNICEF has constructed 888 handpump boreholes and sixty open concrete wells.
The UNICEF field officer commended the state government for ensuring successful implementation of phase one of SHAWN programme, which covered six local government areas of the state.
She explained that UNICEF has approved commencement of second phase of the programme and that five additional local governments were included to benefit from it.
The five local governments include Matazu, Musawa, Safana, Batagarawa and Ingawa.
Mrs. Yelda said under the second phase, about 168-hand pump boreholes would be constructed in addition to provision of five Toyota Hilux and 10 motorcycles.
She assured that UNICEF would provide its counterpart funding and appealed to Katsina state government for timely release of its counterpart contribution.
Earlier, Governor Aminu Bello Masari noted that the SHAWN programme had ensured provision of clean water to communities in rural areas and improved sanitation.
Masari said each of the eleven local government councils would provide a counterpart of N16 million while the state government would provide N42 million.

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