United Nations Children’s Fund has admonished media to improve reportage on water sanitation to enhance healthy living.
The UNICEF Communication Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku speaking in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Tuesday at a two-days media dialogue on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Njoku said, the spirit of investigative journalism must be reawakened to advocate for water, sanitation and hygiene in the country.
He explained that the media dialogue on WASH was organised by UNICEF with supports from European Union to boost the understanding of the journalists on issues that concerned water, sanitation and hygiene as they affect child survival.
He said “this media dialogue is aimed at promoting advocacy for water and sanitation, understanding of the link between water and
child survival and the roles of UNICEF and EU as well as their efforts in water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria.”
“We urge journalists to generate and publish human interest stories so as to create visibility for Water situation and interventions in Nigeria, particularly in the Niger Delta in order to encourage more
investments in water supply in the region. Such stories should be shared on social media with #WASHDialogue ”.
He reiterated that “Increased reportage of water, sanitation and hygiene in terms of in-depth, incisive and analytical features would assist in achieving the SDGs and benefit the citizenry, particularly the downtrodden.”
“Specifically, there is need to tell the public about the interventions of the EU in water and sanitation project in the Niger Delta which include Delta, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers states,” Geoffrey said.
The Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel who was represented at the media dialogue by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Mr Nse Edem disclosed that the state government is providing new strategic policies that would ensure provision of potable water across the state.
UNICEF WASH Specialist, Mr Moustapha Niang in his presentation highlighted facts and figures depicting the current situation on provision of water and environmental sanitation in Nigeria.
The acting General Manager of Akwa-Ibom State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Mr Idongesit Ido said with the release of the
counterpart funds the Akwa Ibom state governor, 30 solar power mini water schemes and 24 sanitation facilities have been awarded to contractors and some of the have already been delivered.