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Mafara emirate to partner UNICEF on water, sanitation

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, The Emir of Talata-Mafara in Zamfara, Alhaji Bello Barmo, has expressed the readiness of the emirate to partner the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on sanitation and improved quality of drinking water in the area.

The emir made the commitment during a one-day Sensitisation and Engagement Meeting for stakeholders organised by the state’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) with support from UNICEF, held at the emir’s palace on Wednesday.

He said that the emirate recognised that a “healthy society can only be attained through quality environmental sanitation and the provision of safe drinking water.

“These, I am aware, are part of the major doctrines of UNICEF and I want to assure this gathering that Mafara emirate will stand firmly for the good of our people and the success of the fund.

“As an emirate, we already have our traditional title holder of ‘Sarkin Tabatha’ who is responsible for environmental sanitation and we added rigorous campaign against open defecation to his responsibilities to protect our communities from disease spread,” he explained.

He then called for regular meetings between sanitation experts and representatives of the emirate so that they could get first-hand best practices and apply same for healthy living.

He specifically said that more attention would be paid to markets, abattoirs and health facilities to ensure that they complied with healthcare standards.

The UNICEF Consultant in Talata Mafara and Bakura, Mrs Juliana Kenneth, said that the essence of the meeting was to share ideas and experiences of the UNICEF programme on Sanitation, Health, Water and Environment (SHAWN2) and to ensure that the emirate was free of open defecation.

She added that the stakeholders’ meeting was aimed at engaging traditional institutions, religious leaders, organisations, departments and other parastatals of government to ensure that Talata Mafara became a defecation-free area.

Kenneth solicited for more support and cooperation from stakeholders, especially the media, to create more awareness on safer and healthier society. (NAN)

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Edited by Abiodun Esan/ Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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