A three-day training has been organised by the Katsina State Government for about 120 stakeholders across the state on behavioural change, hygiene promotion and sustainability.
Alhaji Musa Funtua, the Commissioner for Water Resources, who declared the event opened on Wednesday in Katsina said the training was to support the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet programme.
According to him, the programme is a World Bank project, which aims at ensuring the cleanliness of rural communities and also promoting the hygiene of the areas.
The commissioner added that for such a programme to sustain, it had to reach the grassroots, saying: “That is the reason for the training of the trainees so that they could also step it down to grassroots”.
He said the state government under Gov. Aminu Masari has spent a lot in the sector, especially through the provision of clean and potable water, adding that Katsina State was declared the best in environmental sanitation and provision of potable drinking water out of the seven benefitting states for the SURWASH programme.
SURWASH Programme Coordinator in the state, Dr Sama’ila Mua’azu-Bawa, said the objectives of the training is also to promote sanitation in the communities and improve water supply in the rural and urban areas.
According to him, the training is to sensitise the major stakeholders, especially the local governments, to their engagement in hygiene promotion.
“At local governments, you know we have the Water and Sanitation Hygiene Services (WASH); that is why we invited those Directors from the 34 local government areas.
”Same goes for the Desk Officers from Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Project and also the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) who serve as stakeholders in the programme,” he said.
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