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Musa Jimoh is the co-founder of Hyphen Tech-bridge, a data solution consulting firm, and a WASH advocate in Nigeria. He has been a member of WSSCC for a year.
Here, Musa tells WSSCC about his motivations, achievements and hopes for the future.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am a WASH advocate, a researcher and an independent software engineer. I’m the co-founder of Hyphen Tech-bridge, a data solution consulting firm with specialty in big data analytics, software development, project facilitation and evaluation. I first got involved in WASH through my National Youth Service and I have a wide range of experience in program facilitation, project evaluation and community-based volunteering works.
What gets you out of bed every morning?
I'm always motivated by the zeal to help on the basis of love, compassion, kindness and respect for humanity. I work in this field because of the feeling of great pleasure and happiness I derive from rendering such services.
When you retire, what will you be most proud of in terms of your sanitation and hygiene work?
Ultimately, nothing matters very much in life, but the smile one puts on a face, the joy one brings to someone’s life. My positive impact through the delivery of sustainable sanitation and hygiene system is the ultimate and proudest thing I will cherish most when I retire from sanitation and hygiene work.
What are the three biggest impacts COVID-19 has had on your sanitation and hygiene work?
The impacts of CoVID-19 on sanitation and hygiene are enormous. It has greatly increased the vulnerability of sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities, in schools and at homes. It also affects the good sanitation and hygiene practices most especially in rural communities as there is no continuous awareness and advocacy due to the pandemic.
How has being a member of the SuSanA discussion forum helped you?
The SuSanA discussion forum isn’t just a platform for discussion on sanitation and hygiene related matters, it’s a learning hub where ideas are shared, where latest trends in sanitation and hygiene field are learnt and where leadership and guidance are laid bare by senior colleagues/experts in the field to guide emerging WASH advocates. The platform has really helped me to improve on the areas of designing, planning and executing sustainable sanitation and hygiene projects.
What have been the benefits of WSSCC membership for you?
I have benefited immensely as a member of WSSCC in terms of learning, networking and training.
The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund has just been launched. In the next five years, what difference do you hope the fund will make in your country?
In my context, I believe the launching of the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund will make a very big difference in bridging the gap of open defecation, sanitation and hygiene infrastructural deficit, lack of appropriate budgeting for sanitation and hygiene infrastructural maintenance, and other WASH related problems, thereby amplifying rapid progress towards the achievement of sustainable development goal 6 (SDG6) of SDG 2030 agenda.