MISS MICROFINANCE GLOBAL AMBASSADOR LAUNCHES TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WATER AND SANITATION COMMITTEE IN DELTA STATE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS.
STRATEGY PAPER FOR WATER AND SANITATION IMPLEMENTATION / TOILET FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT & EMPLOYMENT CREATION IN DELTA STATE TAPPING THE POWER OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR
According to a recent report 76% of Nigeria Universities use Well as a source of water, 45% use Pit-Laterine, while 67% of students use Open Defecation or Bush Toilet. In the communities, around 50 million people in Nigeria defecate in the open. Another 68 million people will be added by 2025. This means a total of 118 million people or 24 million households should have access to a toilet and use it. Besides, sanitation facilities have to be provided or in some cases improved in numerous institutions such as colleges/schools, health centres, market places, motor parks, highway eateries, jetties and religious places so as to avoid open defecation around these places. This statistics confirms the assertion that Sanitation in particular has been a neglected agenda in Nigeria.
While the government is committed to revamping these facilities for the benefits of citizenry, the economic situation renders the agents of government incapable of delivering on their mandates.
Interestingly, from London to Lagos, politicians interest in social innovation is been sharpened by the rapid deterioration of government’s finances, even sustaining today’s public service out of taxes alone looks impossible. According to Michael Bloomberg, former New Yorks Mayor and Founder Bloomberg Media, in his forward to a book, “The Power of Social Innovation”, “the silver lining in any economic crisis is that it can force government to take necessary steps that, in more comfortable times, would fall victim of inertia”.
The Author of the Book, The Power of Social Innovation, Stephen Goldsmith wrote that, Society is on the threshold of the fourth stage of how it addresses its thorniest problems. In stage one, at the start of the 20th century; caring for people was largely left to families and charities. In the second stage, marked by the welfare state in Great Britain and the Great Society of America, the government took on the job of ending poverty. In stage three, the state tried to foster partnerships with the private sector through competitive outsourcing (though without much progress), in the fourth stage government will tap the ability of the private sector, for-profit and non-profit, to deliver disruptive, transformative innovation. It is on this premise that Miss Microfinance Global Ambassador presented this strategy paper to revolutionize the water and sanitation hygiene sector in Delta state and other neighbouring states in the Niger Delta Region.
PROJECT SCOPE STATEMENT:
The project is designed as a public-private partnership involving Miss Microfinance and the Ministry of Water Resources in mobilising the private sector to intervene in addressing the degrading water, sanitation and hygiene condition in tertiary institutions through the establishment and coordination of Tertiary Institutions Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees (TISWASHCOMs) in the state with the potential of escalating to communities as well as sharing models in the region.
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