Governor of Enugu state Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Thursday inaugurated an 18-man inter-ministerial committee for the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH Action Plan.
The committee members are drawn from the state ,Ministry of Health, Water Resources, Environment, agencies, Enugu state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, ENRUWASSA and nongovernmental organisations, NGOs.
Part of the WASH Action Plan is to provide adequate water for the populace and to eradicate open defecation in Nigeria on or before the year 2025.
Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Simon Ortuanya, said that the importance of water to any society cannot be over emphasised, adding that over 55 million Nigerians do not have access to adequate clean water.
Ugwuanyi also pointed out that it is appalling that in this computer age, many Nigerians do not have access to toilet facilities; hence they defecate in the open.
He said he expected that the committee would ensure that they carry out the full implementation of the WASH action plan which is to provide water for sanitation and hygiene for all.
To ensure that Enugu meets up with the action plan of eradicating open defecation before year 2025, Ugwuanyi said his government is committed to providing water in the state for drinking and other uses that include sanitation and hygiene.