BENUE State government has approved over 100million naira to achieve Open Defecation Free status in the state.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this yesterday in Government House Makurdi during the launching of the State Open Defecation Free, ODF road Map and Exit Meeting of UNICEF SHAWN 11 Project.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Mr. Dondo Ahire, hoped that the state would increase the commitment to N400million, stressing that the strategy is to provide a guide and steps to ensuring the end of ODF by 2030.
Although he said the state is ahead of its contemporaries, the governor noted that much work is still needed to be done in ensuring Open Defecation Free status in all communities in the 23 local government areas of the state.
Governor Ortom also acknowledged the collaboration of partners and stakeholders, especially UNICEF in achieving the final goal of Open Defecation Free by 2030.
UNICEF/WASH representative, Enugu zone, Mamita Bora Thakkar, emphasized the need for multi-pronged and multi-level approach, good governance, smart public finance, institutional capacities, reliable data for better decision-making, stronger accountability as well as innovation to unlock better approaches to meet emerging challenges like urbanization and climate change.
“Moving forward, this strategic document will be positioned in the public domain to be used in spirit and action, and UNICEF hopes that this will strengthen coordinated actions towards ODF Benue.
“We hope this, along with other strategic actions will also fulfill the conditionalities to access federal WASH funds and these will be reinvested in the state,” Thakka said.