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Interview with the national coordinator for the Society of Water and Sanitation in Nigeria By Olajide Adelana The Society of Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) is a group of civil society organizations in Nigeria’s WASH sector, supported by WSSCC. Its national coordinator, Benson Attah, recently spoke with WSSCC on the COVID-19 response and his concerns about […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview with Nigeria’s WASH Ambassador By Olajide Adelana Ms Ebele Okeke, WSSCC’s WASH Ambassador in Nigeria, speaks on the novel Coronavirus disease, and what Nigeria must learn while addressing the pandemic. She shares her thoughts as to why Nigeria should use this as an opportunity to accelerate precautionary measures for stopping the spread of future […]

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 […]

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Nigeria’s effort to institutionalize and diversify Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at all administrative levels. She gave the commendation in Abuja on 19 March 2020 during a two-day sensitization workshop for state focal officers, as part of the “Clean Nigeria: […]

By Olajide Adelana, ABUJA, Nigeria – Poor access to clean water in rural communities has far-reaching consequences for livelihoods and health – particularly for women. These consequences are being keenly felt in a slum community called Duste Makaranta in Abuja, Nigeria. Despite its proximity to Usuma Dam (a public water supply facility), years of water shortages […]

Par Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigéria – Parler de défécation n’est pas chose aisée. Bien souvent, ce sujet est abordé à voix basse, nous plonge dans l’embarras et nous paraît déplacé. Mais pourquoi avons-nous honte d’un processus aussi naturel que l’évacuation des selles ? Certes, il existe des sujets de discussion plus plaisants. Mais tout le monde […]

By Charles Dickson WSSCC has appointed Jeiyol as National Coordinator for Nigeria. In this role, Ms Jeiyol will represent the Council and coordinate its strategic engagements and interventions with a wide range of partners in the West African country. Ms Jeiyol is the Executive Director of the Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI) and […]

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National Coordinators Report – Highlights 2015

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Sixteen National Coordinators work within WASH coalitions in their home countries, leading WSSCC’s work, serving as coalition heads and spokespersons, and advocating on WASH issues. National Coordinators carry out national and local level networking, knowledge management, advocacy and communications activities, and working on facilitating and implementing Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme activities. Working with partners and networks, they aim to position sanitation and hygiene onto the national agenda and prioritize specific investments for sanitation and hygiene. This report shows how WSSCC's National Coordinators have increased the visibility of WSSCC in their respective countries and how their collective commitment has contributed to greater commitments from rights holders, duty bearers, the private sector and partners.Rapport des coordinateurs nationaux 2015 - Les coordinateurs nationaux du WSSCC sont actifs dans 16 pays d’Asie du Sud-Est, d’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’Asie du Sud et d’Afrique orientale et australe. En 2015, ils ont pu faciliter et entreprendre des activités variées, qui illustrent l’activisme local et mondial en faveur du secteur WASH, et le dynamisme de l’approche collaborative du WSSCC. Avec l’adoption des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) en septembre 2015, les coordinateurs nationaux continuent de contribuer à ce secteur en portant davantage attention aux questions d’expansion et d’équité, conformément aux nouveaux objectifs. Ils canalisent les efforts des coalitions WASH et des autorités publiques pour mettre fin à la pratique de la défécation à l’air libre, et veillent à ce que les améliorations sanitaires soient adaptées aux personnes vulnérables et aux groupes socialement marginalisés. Pour se concentrer sur l’expansion et l’équité, ils s’appuient sur les résultats et l’expérience des 13 programmes nationaux d’amélioration de l’assainissement et de l’hygiène soutenus par le GSF ainsi que sur les activités du WSSCC relatives à l’égalité et à la non-discrimination.