Three Governorship and 30 National and State Assembly candidates in Bauchi state has signed a pledged card to improve access water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the state.
Mr Ezekiel Sukumun, the Programme officer of A Coalition, Network of Civil Society Organization on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (NEWSAN) Bauchi to journalists in Bauchi on Wednesday.
He mentioned that the three gubernatorial candidates include serving Governor, Mohammed Abubakar (APC), Senator Bala Mohammed (PDP) and Alhaji Ahmed Iliyasu of (PDM) others are two senatorial candidates Hon.
Farouk Mustapha (NNPP) Bauchi South and Barrister Lawal Ibrahim Bauchi South (PRP),11 house of representatives candidates and 17 house assembly candidates cutting across different parties all commits to #Vote4WASH and also signed a pledged card to improve access water, sanitation and hygiene in Bauchi.
He said, the candidates signed a pledged if elected they would priorities water supply, sanitation and hygiene WASH in annual budgets and progressively increase WASH allocations and release every year to achieve the targets as contained in the state WASH policy and sector roadmap.
According to Sukumun , Water is life and lack of it means death. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial for good outcomes in health, nutrition, education and livelihood standards.
“When water and sanitation facilities are available and accessible to citizens, they act as primary barriers against disease transmission.
“Personal hygiene, particularly hand washing with soap and running water, has been identified as the most cost-effective disease control mechanism,” he said.
Mr Sukumun explained that the implication of signing up to #Vote4WASH Pledge Cards is acceptance to be held accountable in terms of support and investment towards access to safe water and improved sanitation in our communities urban and rural.
He said the signatories to the Pledge Cards mean support and investment to ensure that all public institutions especially schools, health centres, markets and parks have inclusive WASH facilities and/or services.
“Because poor sanitation keeps people in poverty, WASH would form components of poverty alleviation schemes and social welfare programmes.
“We reached out to electoral stakeholders – political parties and their candidates for Gubernatorial, National Assembly and House of Assembly positions; community-based organisations; civil societies; and electorates, to recognize; influence and demand for remarkable budgetary attention and funding for WASH in the grassroots,” the Programme officer stressed.
He said during the campaign Citizens are enjoined to vote for candidates who have to upgrade and prioritize WASH sector. With evidences, we are assertive that increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) aids economic development, poverty reduction, education, good health and wellbeing and many more.