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Group seeks laws to improve water supply, sanitation in Plateau

A Jos, Plateau State-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Network of Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has advised the Plateau State House of Assembly to enact laws that will enhance water supply and sanitation in the state.

Kaduna community  Group seeks laws to improve water supply, sanitation in Plateau Kaduna
Children of Unguwan Gandu Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State fetching water from a handpump borehole provided by SHAWN II Project in the community

Mr Jephtha Daleng, Project Technical Officer of the NGO, gave the advice when he led other officials on a courtesy visit to the speaker of the House, Mr Abok Ayuba, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Jos.

According to Daleng, water remains the most essential need of the people, hence, should be accorded top priority.

He said majority of people of the state lacked access to potable water, a situation that has exposed them to contacting several communicable diseases.

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“As we all know, water is life. It is an essential commodity that every citizen needs all of the time.

“It is unfortunate that a vast majority of Plateau residents, particularly those in the rural areas cannot boast of potable water.

“So, I want to urge the 9th assembly in the state to initiate bills and enact laws that will improve water supply and sanitation in the state,” he said.

Daleng further advised the lawmakers to channel their constituency projects toward improving access to water and sanitation.

Responding, Ayuba thanked the group for the visit, and assured them of the house determination to enact laws that would touch the lives of the ordinary citizen.

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He commended NEWSAN for impacting positively on lives of rural dwellers in the state, especially in meeting the water need of the people.

He also assured that the house would work closely with stakeholders with a view of improving the living standard of the people.

By Polycarp Auta

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