In a bid to promote continued access to clean water and improved Sanitation and Hygiene in Delta State, the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) on Tuesday the 16th of April 2019, commissioned five WASH facilities including three mini solar powered water projects and two Ecological and Sanitation (ECOSAN) toilets in 3 communities (Aviara, Emu Ebendo and Lagos Ogbe) in Isoko South and Ndokwa West LGAs of Delta state.
The facilities were provided to the benefiting communities as part of activities in the implementation of the integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) action; a 20-month intervention funded by the European Union through the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. The action seeks to provide access to sustainable water supply, sanitation service delivery and proper hygiene practices in Delta State.
Present at the commissioning event in Aviara were members of the WATSAN committee who were inaugurated under the project to take ownership and management of the WASH facilities.
At the commissioning, Amb. Joel Bisina, Executive Director LITE-Africa, who was represented by the Finance and Admin Manager, Mr. Tolu Oyero, admonished the communities to take ownership of the projects and maintain them as they would do to their personal possessions in order to make them last longer. A member of the community also thanked LITE-Africa and the EU for donating the project and promised that the community would properly take good care of it to ensure its lasting usage. Finally, the principal of the secondary school remarked that the facilities would improve the lives of students and community members. He then promised that the facilities would be well maintained to ensure their longevity.
From Aviara, the team from LITE-Africa moved to Emu Ebendo where a rehabilitated water project and an ECOSAN toilet were also commissioned and handed over to the community. At the ceremony, Mr Tolu admonishing them to take good care of the facilities. He also sensitised them on the importance of the facilities citing that the sustained maintenance of the facilities would be beneficial to everyone in the community. Osakemi Solomon, the LGA sanitation officer who spoke on behalf of the HOD of Environment thanked LITE-Africa and the EU for their efforts in promoting access to clean water, promoting sanitation and hygiene services in Delta State. He stressed the importance of the WASH facilities and admonished community members to ensure the facilities are maintained. He told the community not to hesitate to contact his office if any maintenance issues arise in the future. One of the high chiefs present at the ceremony also expressed gratitude to LITE and the EU for donating the WASH facilities and promised that the facilities will be put to good use. Finally, Mr Ituru the contractor responsible for the construction of the ECOSAN toilets spoke about the design of the project and educated community members on the usage and sustainability of the project.
The tour ended with pageantry and fanfare at Lagos Ogbe where a water project was also donated. The community’s WATSAN chairman also expressed gratitude and promised that the water project would be used to fulfil it purpose. The ceremony was capped off by a cultural dance performance by children of Lagos Ogbe.
At the three benefiting communities, LITE-Africa’s Programme Manager in charge of the IWASH action, Mr. Victor Elomhenriaomon, introduced WATSAN committee members to the respective communities imploring them to exhibit the skills they learnt during the training on WASH facilities management and maintenance. He enjoined them to work in collaboration with the community leadership to ensure the facilities are well utilized and maintained. On the ECOSAN toilets, he informed the school authorities that the students would be sensitized on the proper usage as soon as they are back from the second term holidays.
By donating these projects, LITE-Africa and the EU hopes that the instances of WASH related diseases would be reduced and the lives of these communities would be enhanced.