The Federal Ministry of Water Resources organised a 2-Day Stakeholder’s Review Workshop on Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials and products for the PEWASH programme from 30th-31st May, 2019 at Indices Hotel and Suites Oke-Ayo Street Abeokuta, Ogun State.

In his Welcome Address, the Programme Manager, RUWATSAN, Mr Sonde, welcomed everyone from the different Ministries and seven LGAS to the workshop. He gave a brief overview of the PEWASH program, which started in Nov, 2016 with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Ogun State Government on the 31st of July, 2018. He further said that since “water is life and sanitation is dignity”, everyone should do their best so that other States can always emulate them.

The lead Facilitator Kareem Muhammed informed Stakeholders that the objective of the Workshop was to critically review the 1st draft IEC materials and products for the PEWASH Programme designed and developed by Global Links Ocean Streams Ltd for ownership and acceptability by all Stakeholders. He further gave details of the IEC materials to be reviewed to include flyers, Stickers, Illustrations, posters, leaflets, Souvenirs, Newsletters, Kiddies Story book and Audio-visuals.

Presenting the Keynote Address The Director, Water Supply & PPP, Engr. Benson Ajisegiri FNSE, who was represented by Mrs Jummai Wakaso, said that the PEWASH programme is a collaborative effort between Government at all levels, Development Partners, Private Sector, NGOs, CSOs, Philanthropists and Communities, designed for the improvement of Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 6.1 and 6.2 and subsequent reduction in the number of casualties from avoidable water and sanitation related diseases.

He mentioned that the PEWASH programme is being piloted in two States of Kano and Ogun, the two States that signed the protocol first. He further mentioned that on successfully signing the MoU with Ogun State, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources engaged 15 contractors for the rehabilitation and new construction of two LGAs in Ogun State (Ikenne and Obafemi Owode) at the sum of 315 million naira, and four LGAs in Kano State (Rogo, Tudun Wada, Dawakin Kudu and Kura) at the sum of 350 million naira. He reiterated that most of the rehabilitation and construction have been completed and handed over to the benefitting communities, while preparations are ongoing for the second stage of implementation in two new LGAs (Ogun waterside and Ijebu North), while the State is expected to execute similar projects in Odeda and Yewa North LGAs.

He concluded by saying that gaps in communication has always contributed to failed interventions in WASH projects, and therefore appealed to all stakeholders to take firm actions to reverse the WASH crisis before it is too late. He then seized the opportunity to pledge the Ministry’s commitment to ensure that the right messages are communicated on WASH throughout the Country.

            The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Rural Development, Rev. Gbele Olugbebi, in his remarks thanked the Consultant for deeming it fit to conduct the stakeholders’ workshop for their contribution. He informed the participants that the workshop was a critical one, because the resulting instrument developed and the program in general will be far-reaching, and will also solve WASH problems in other Countries. He said he was looking forward to doing a presentation to the Governor and his team on the dangers of lack of Sanitation.

In closing, he said, India which is the highest Open Defecation Country in the world followed by Nigeria, will most likely be exiting that category in a few months as they have been able to move about 500 million of their people away from OD. He then challenged everyone to do their best and be serious in their own corners because it will eventually add up to the whole. He on that note, declared the workshop open.

The Chairman of Obafemi Owode LCDA, Mrs Collins and the Vice Chairman of Obafemi Owode LGA, Chief Mrs Falana  presented goodwill messages. The event climaxed by the visit of Stakeholders to PEWASH Project Sites at Oloke Ibara and Magbagbe-Odun Communities in Obafemi Owode LGA Ogun State.

Mrs Jummai Wakasso, National Coordinator PEWASH presenting the Keynote Address on behalf of the Director Water Supply Engr. Benson Ajisegiri, FNSE
With Baale Oleke Community ,Chief Ogunbo Idowu being interviewed by Kareem Muhammed (GLOS) during a Site Visit by the Stakeholders