President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Diaspora community to assist and engage in development of the country, particularly now when the country battles COVID-19 pandemic.
President Buhari made the call in a message to this year’s Nigerians in Diaspora Investment Summit via zoom with the theme “Leveraging Diaspora Resources for National Development in a COVID-19 era”.
Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said NIDCOM’s partnership with Organized Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene, OPS-WASH was to mobilize millions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to fund a toilet per household.
“A global project will soon be launched and we look forward to all Nigerians in the Diaspora to participate in this most needed project”. She stated.
OPS-WASH National Coordinator, Dr. Nicholas Igwe highlighted the importance of including the WASH sector, when battling COVID-19.
Dr. Nicholas Igwe noted that millions of Nigerians are unable to defend themselves against viruses such as COVID-19, as well as a host of other diseases which kill thousands of children yearly.
According to Dr Igwe, poor health in Nigeria could be attributed to unsafe or unhygienic sanitation practices, due to lack of toilets.
He acknowledged the efforts of the Presidency and the Minister of Water Resources, Sueiman Adamu as well as the government’s strong political will as being the catalyst for the OPS-WASH upcoming projects.
The project in partnership with NIDCOM, was aimed at mobilizing Nigerians abroad to fund a toilet or a household.
Dr Igwe said three additional projects targeted at ending the WASH crisis in Nigeria, cultivated by OPS-WASH and its financial partner United Capital.
The National Coordinator said Tax Credit Scheme would introduce Executive Order 009 as a potentially mutually beneficial source of financing for the sector, for companies and organizations.
Dr Igwe noted that Blue Bond Issuance and Private Sector Partnership with State Governments to assist in the implementation of functioning fecal sludge management systems are some of their major focus.
Renowned actress and WASH Ambassador, Stephanie Okereke spoke on the need to addressing poor hygiene and sanitation practices in Nigeria.