FG tasks stakeholders on sanitation facilities in Yobe schools, IDPs camps

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Alhaji Muhammad Bukar, Director, Water Supply, Ministry of Water Resources, Yobe, has called on all stakeholders to help in the construction of sanitation facilities in public places and schools in the state.

Bukar made this call when the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergency Working Group visited the state on Thursday in Damaturu, Yobe.

He said the state was in dire need of these facilities to provide succour for the population displaced due to insurgency.

According to him, a huge number of schools have been merged with little or no access to sanitation facilities, saying the state government cannot do it alone.

He noted that the schools were congested with some population as high as 6,000 students lacking access to toilets and hand washing facilities.

“The challenge is higher in the female institutions, they are handicapped, Government Girls in Damaturu, Gazarma, Potiskum, Fika and others are congested secondary schools with little facilities for sanitation.

“If you can complement our efforts by diverting some of the Federal Government’s project to those places, it will be nice, because these five schools were merged and housed in one place, and the population is more than 6,000, it’s too much, we need support.”

Bukar said that returning communities also needed to have access to water and sanitation facilities in place to forestall an outbreak of diseases.

The director listed Gulani, Gujba, Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Geidam, Yunusari and Fika as communities in need of immediate interventions, saying although development partners such as UNICEF provided two boreholes, but was presently overstretched as population had increased.

He said the state government was focused on awareness creation for hygiene promotion in camps to prevent an outbreak of diseases and overall health promotion, saying this was obvious with the monthly dislodging of from waste from the toilets.

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