Taraba state governor Arc. Darius Ishaku on Sunday lamented that lack of clean portable drinking water is responsible for cases diarrhoea disease in the state.
Ishaku, who stated this through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Anthony Jellason when delegates from a Non-Governmental Organisation , Connected Development (CODE), led by its team Lead on the USAID E-WASH project, Ijeoma Oforka paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Jalingo said that lack of clean water has contributed to poor sanitation in the state.
He explained that the state government would continue to make intentional efforts to provide residents with potable water and address sanitation issues in the state.
Meanwile, the chairman House Committee on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Hon. Mohammed Abdulkarim assured that the State House of Assembly would passed into law the Taraba state WASH bill by December, 2019.
Abdulkarim, who acknowledged that the bill has been delayed for some time, added that “there were plans to assent the bill in October 2019, but the house however was constrained.”
He informed that as a matter of urgency, Taraba Assembly would accelerate the second reading, public hearing, and third reading and present it to Governor Darius Ishaku for assent before the end of December 2019.
Speaking during the meeting with the committee chairman, the team leader of CODE, Ijeoma Oforka emphasized that “”CODE will also help to strengthen civic advocacy so that the residents of Taraba can have access to adequate safe water and basic sanitation provided at an affordable cost in a sustainable manner in order to promote their health, dignity, economic well-being and improved livelihoods.