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Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State
Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State
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UNICEF Commends Edo Governor For Addressing Open Defecation

Bernard Femi

The United Nations Children’s Fund and the Federal Government of Nigeria have commended the administration of Godwin Obaseki for the measures he took to contain open defecation in the state.

The Open-Defecation-Free Road Map was launched recently in the state, which had in attendance the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and UNICEF’s Communication for Development Specialist, Mrs Caroline Akosile.

The minister referred to Obaseki’s project as laudable and exceptional as he claimed he had visited many states in Nigeria, with 13 local governments areas out of 774 in the country achieving the open defecation-free goals.

Adamu noted that Nigeria failed to meet the millennium development goals in 2015 because the country was relying on budgetary allocation and investment was not enough.

The Edo State governor launched the campaign shortly after signing the PWASH Protocol on the federal government’s goal of achieving an open defecation-free country by 2025.

Adamu stressed that the Federal Government, with a commitment to ending open defecation, launched the Partnership for Expanding Water Sanitation and Hygiene (PWASH) in 2015. The Federal Government also intends to target water and sanitation entrepreneurship through this project.

Akosile further noted that Obaseki was the first governor among his counterparts to pay a counterpart funding for the program.

“Obaseki was the first governor to pay up the counterpart funding for water and sanitation programme. Access to safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right as declared by the UN General Assembly,” Akosile stated.