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Lagos: stakeholders envision new roles for slum upgrading agency

 The Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP) has organized a visioning workshop to ensure increase the sustainability of its project and improve coordination with other Ministries,  Departments, and Agencies (MDAs)  in the state.

The three day event was held at Lekki, Lagos and attended by ts stakeholders including representatives of Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Lagos state.

The LMDMP is a world bank financed project and intervenes in 12 slum communities of Lagos state through provision of boreholes, drainages, schools, health centres, sanitation facilities, and market stalls.

Issues raised by participants at the workshop included:

  1. Non involvement of benefiting communities in the design, location, operation and maintenance of the WASH facilities.
  2. Non sustainability of the solar powered boreholes due to difficulties in accessing and cleaning the solar panels.
  3. Absence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees (WASHCOMs) in the benefiting community to oversee the operation of the WASH facilities.
  4. Break down or non functionality of some of the installed drinking water supply facilities.
  5. Lack of space in built up areas for the installation of Water and Sanitation (WASH) facilities.

Bread of Life Development Foundation, a non governmental organization presented a memo to the workshop, in which the following steps were advocated to increase the sustainability of the LMDGP’s WASH facilities:

  1. Sector coordination- LMDGP should coordinate with other MDAs involved in WASH. The WASH department of the Lagos state Ministry of Agriculture is particularly strategic with expertise on operation and management of boreholes and that body should ideally take over the WASH projects when LMDGP winds up.
  2. WASH governance structures should be formed in all communities where WASH facilities have been provided. There structures could be CDAs, WASHCOMMs or other community groups. There is a National process/guideline for setting up WASHCOM and this should be followed.
  3.  Members of the WASHCOMs need to be trained on community ownership and management (operation and maintenance) of the facilities.
  4. Membership of the WASH governance structures must be gender sensitive. Major roles /positions have to be given to women who bear much of the burden of access to WASH
  5.  Boreholes should be drilled in accordance with standard guidelines and specifications. The National Strategic framework for Rural Water and Sanitation supply contains several guidelines that on construction of boreholes, including specifications, types of technology, operation, maintenance, and sustainability.
  6.    Inventory of the boreholes should be conducted to record coordinates of their locations, functionality and operational challenges.
  7. External support bodies like the UNICEF could be contacted to provide technical support for construction and maintenance of boreholes.




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