- Suleiman Adamu called on Jigawa governor to declare a state of emergency over state of hygiene
- The minister of water resources described Jigawa as the dirtiest in the northwest
- Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar said his administration will work to reverse this trend
The minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu, has described Jigawa state as the dirtiest in the northwest and called on the governor to declare a state of emergency.
Daily Trust reports that the minister made this assertion on Tuesday, October 8, when he visited Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar.
Adamu said even though he was from Jigawa, he would not hesitate to say the truth about the situation in the state.
The minister said Jigawa is one of the dirtiest in the country and urged the governor to take action as the state sanitation indices stands only at 6.7 percent.
Adamu, however, commended Jigawa state for achieving 86.8 percent provision of portable drinking water to the citizens of the state and that it also surpassed the 69 percent average of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
He said: “Even though I come from Jigawa, we have to tell ourselves the truth that Jigawa state has failed woefully in terms of sanitation and hygiene. That is why it is the worst in the entire north-west region and one of the worst in the country.
“Although, Jigawa state records 86.6 Percent coverage of provision of clean water but needs to do more on sanitation and hygiene.”
The governor in his reaction acknowledged the problem in the state and described it as a challenge he was ready to confront.
He said: “We will be holding bi-weekly meetings in an effort to reverse the trend. We will forward a bill to the state assembly to legislate on the total ban on open defecation in the state.”
Meanwhile, the federal government disbursed N65 million to 6,500 vulnerable women in Guri local government area of Jigawa under the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme.
Alhaji Abubakar Dan-Barde, cash transfer unit’s coordinator in the area, disclosed this in Guri on Saturday, September 21.
He said each beneficiary received a stipend of N10,000 as payment for the months of July and August, 2019.
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