Ebonyi State has set up a working group to review the state’s draft Water Supply and Sanitation policy.
Inaugurating the working group, Commissioner for Public Utilities in Ebonyi State, Engineer Ben Okah, said the State Government has made immense investments on water supply and sanitation service delivery, and a sector policy will assist in sustaining this huge investment.
Addressing members of the working group, the Permanent Secretary of the Ebonyi State Ministry of Public Utilities, Mr. Felix Npumah, said the immediate task of the working group is to review the draft water supply and sanitation policy developed for the state in 2009 with the support of the UNICEF.
He also listed the terms of reference of the committee to include the following:
1. Identify gaps and issues not addressed by the draft Ebonyi State Water Supply and Sanitation policy.
2. Identify key issues and problems in the water supply and sanitation sector in Ebonyi and their policy implications.
3. Consult with water supply and sanitation stakeholders in the state including water and sanitation related MDAs, civil society, private sector, community groups, the media, and consumers and generate necessary inputs for a water supply and sanitation policy in the state.
4. Analyze and define the actual roles, functions and prerogatives of each institution dealing with water and sanitation in Ebonyi state; and identify any duplication of mandates and overlapping responsibilities.
5. Study water supply and sanitation policies of state and national governments in Nigeria and other countries and make recommendations based on best practices.
6. Submit a report detailing observations, and recommendations for a new draft Water Supply and Sanitation policy for the state.