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Give more coverage to ODF issues – Kogbara

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By Naomi Okoh and Ann Ngbea
Media organisations in Benue State have been urged to give more coverage to Open Defecation Free (ODF) issues for improved sanitation.
Chief scientific officer and desk officer hygiene in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Ayaba Kogbara, stated this during a recent review meeting of the WASH Media Network organized by the Benue WASH Media Network held in Makurdi.
Mrs Kogbara, who charged the media to play their role of sensitizing the public on the ill effects of open defecation enjoined the public to demand for clean and safe toilets and also commended United Purpose, UNICEF and Water Aid, for their commence contributions to the fight against open defecation and other WASH related issues.
In a remark, Director General Radio Benue, Mrs. Espei Ushe Uba said, she was looking forward for a statewide Open Defecation Free status, in view of the immense benefits, and pledged the commitment of the Corporation to project WASH activities.
Also speaking, General Manager of Benue State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (BERWASSA), Mrs. Torkwase Ikyaator, said the state government had provided over two thousand, six hundred water facilities across communities in the state to improve on sanitation and hygiene while plans are in the offing to make more local governments open defecation free.
In separate remarks, communications and learning officer for United Purpose, Boluwatito Awe, representative of the Benue State Planning Commission, William Fele and State Coordinator of Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), Joy Ijuwo said more was required to be reported by the media in the area of WASH and sued for sustained collaboration with organizations working with WASH for the desired impact.
National Chairman of WASH Media Network, Mr. Wale Elekolusi commended stakeholders for finding time to honour the invitation and urged them to support the media to carry out more sensitization and projection of WASH programmes in the state.
Earlier, State Chairman, Benue WASH Media Network, Mr. Babs Usigbe pledged the commitment of the Network to remain active in reporting WASH activities and solicited the support of stakeholders to effectively carry out their duties.
The review meeting was held in collaboration with Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN), Benue State government, United Purpose, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF).

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