By Ozor Ray
Secretary to the Anambra State Government Professor Solo Chukwulobelu has said that Anambra is among the few states in the country that have WASH policy, Water law, investment plans and Open Defecation Free roadmap, which will put an end to open defecation in the state.
Chukwulobelu disclosed this at a two day meeting on finalization and validation of Anambra State Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) road map organized by the Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development partners in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund and European Union held in Awka, the state capital.
Appraising the state governments exploits in the WASH sector among other areas, Chukwulobelu who was represented by the permanent Secretary in the Office, Dr. Dan Ezeanwu, said the state is proud to be among the few with water law and plans to end open defecation, which is responsible for most diseases.
He said the state has developed a work plan that will take into consideration, sustainable development goals, national development priorities and development goals and objectives.
Professor Chukwulobelu further said the operational and organizational structures for Urban, Small town and rural levels will be strengthened and the regulatory framework adopted to enable compliance within the sector.
He assured that the state government will always pay its counterpart funds and provide the enabling environment for efficient and effective service delivery to make the WASH programme effective.
Declaring the meeting open, the commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development partners, Mr. Mark Okoye represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Kingsley Orji said that as the world gears towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sector Wide Approach process tends to target the fulfillment of goals two, three and most especially goal six which is to ensure availability and sustainable management of Water and Sanitation for all.
He urged participants to come up with recommendations that will enable the achievement of developmental objectives of the state especially in the WASH sector.
Giving the overview of the WASH SWAP road map, the state consultant Mr. Roy Ndoma Egba made it clear that Anambra has to consolidate on the gains made so far in the sector and pointed out that the goal of the work plan is to institute a sustainable, efficient, effective and viable Water sector which he said needs the commitment of the government and the development partners.