Participants at a workshop have advocated more actions from the Federal and state Governments to ensure the availability of safe water and sanitation in the country.
The forum organized by a Non Governmental Organization, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation in collaboration with the Ogun State College of Health Technology OSCOHTech Academic, was aimed at Ending Water Poverty, open defecation and promotes good hygiene in schools across the country.
A communiqué released at the end of the program, states that over 55 million people lack safe water, while about 130 million people do not have safe toilets.
It notes that “The United Nations General Assembly 64/292 resolution, approved by 193 member countries, recognized access to clean drinking water and sanitation as a basic human rights in 2010 and acknowledged that this basic rights remains essential for realizing all other human rights”
The Country Director of Hope Spring Water Charity foundation Mr. Temple Oraeki, emphasized that Nigeria being signatory to the United Nations General Assembly resolution 64/292, needs to ensure adequate availability of potable drinking water to her citizens.
According to Mr Oraeki “Poverty and hunger across the globe are inextricably linked to water poverty, which was exacerbated by climate change and consumption of dirty water as the major cause of millions of preventable deaths and diseases witnessed yearly across the country”
He enjoined the participants, especially the students, to work as a unit towards alleviating water poverty in their schools and host community.
The program tagged #ClaimYourWaterRights attracted representatives from various sectors, including Academia, Human Rights Advocates, Ogun State Ministry of Environment and Ogun State Water Corporation among others.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of award of recognition to Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation for their outstanding contribution to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Nigeria.