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15 July 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – The role of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practitioners in Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overemphasized as working on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus requires both courage and commitment. Mr Benson Attah, National Coordinator of the Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) […]

6 July 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – The Federal Government of Nigeria has pledged its support to protect the dignity of menstruating women and girls in Nigeria during a World Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) event. The honourable Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, stated that the Ministry would find ways to incorporate teenage girls […]

23 June 2020

Interview with Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, CEO of EPiAfric By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, Chief Executive Officer of EPiAfric, an Abuja-based African population health consultancy group, is a leading advocate for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and epidemic preparedness in Nigeria. Dr Nsofor sat down with WSSCC to discuss Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, […]

19 June 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – For its part in the global battle with COVID-19, Nigeria has implemented lockdowns, suspended non-essential services and imposed travel restrictions, among other measures to contain the spread of the disease, very much along the lines of what most other countries have done. Amid these fairly disruptive interventions stands the […]

15 June 2020

WSSCC National Coordinator applauds inauguration of campaign steering committee By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Ms Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the inauguration of a steering committee newly established for the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign. The campaign is a government-led initiative supported by UNICEF, […]

26 May 2020

By Olajide Adelana In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in a context of poor sanitation, Nigeria and many countries around the world are confronted with enormous challenges at every turn. A critical look at national response plans offers much to be learned in terms of what is working and what is not, […]

10 May 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria’s music star, Sunny Neji, is reaching out to the people of the country through a new song he has released recently in support of the nationwide effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In his latest song titled “Together we will beat it,” Mr Neji emphasizes the importance […]

9 May 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – United Purpose (UP), the executing agency of WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund programme in Nigeria, completed a two-day sensitization tour in April to debunk myths and correct misconceptions about COVID-19 in communities in the states of Cross River and Benue. The initiative was carried out to put an end to […]

3 May 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Water Resources has launched a ground-breaking radio drama to spread life-saving facts and fight dangerous misinformation in the face of COVID-19. Radio is one of Nigeria’s leading media channels, reaching tens of millions each day, and with funding and support from the Water Supply and […]

28 April 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Ms Chizoma Opara is the acting coordinator of the “Clean Nigeria” campaign – a government initiative supported by UNICEF, World Bank and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), amongst others, to end open defecation (OD) in the country. She believes the country has a unique opportunity to […]

16 April 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – While as many as 343 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are reported as of 15 April, Nigeria is stepping up its advocacy campaign, advising people to practice good hand hygiene – by washing hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers – among other prevention measures based on […]