By Ann Ngbea
The Benue State Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS) has applauded the Benue State Government (BNSG) in conjunction with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) for their tireless efforts in ensuring that Benue State attains the height of open Defecation free status.
The group stated this during a debriefing meeting held Friday after the group went on a four-day validation exercise in Tarka Local Government at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Water Resources and Environment.
The leader of the group, Mr Adebayo Durojaye, said: “We are satisfied with the partnership between the Benue State Government and UNICEF through the Benue State Rural Water Supply And Sanitation Agency (BERWASSA) in making sure that people of the state no longer defecate in the open.
‘Tarka today is one of such LGAs that have accepted the behavioral change and are practicing Open Defecation free exercise in Benue amidst others.
They have constructed toilets and are using it appropriately,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Commissioner, Water Resources and Environment, Engr Dondo Ahire, who expressed delight with the outcome of the validation exercise at Tarka stated the state government’s readiness to partner with other donor agencies and stakeholders for improved service delivery, especially in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Benue.
The commissioner also noted that both the federal and state government are ready to end open defecation in the country by the year 2025. He thanked the team for venturing on such a journey amidst the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, in a remark, the General Manager, BERWASSA, Mrs Torkwase Ikyaator, who was represented by the Secretary of the agency, Tony Mkpen, stated that the agency as an implementing agency of the state government is ready to live up to the task of delivering her own responsibilities, in ensuring that the state attains the height of Open Defecation Free status in 2025.