Ahead of #Nigeria’s general elections holding February 2015, #WaterAid Nigeria has launched a ‘#Vote4WASH’ campaign that will mobilize citizens to demand prioritization of water supply and sanitation issues during the electoral campaigns, and beyond.
‘Vote4WASH’ campaign ‘is a citizen’s engagement and advocacy campaign program aimed at mobilizing and strengthening citizen’s engagement on electoral processes as a platform to demand for right to water and sanitation and increased accountability with their votes. It is aimed at mobilizing citizens to demand for the change they desire with their votes. The campaign shall specifically focus on advocacy and campaigning for water and sanitation to various levels of stakeholders in Nigeria during the forthcoming general election process, said Oluseyi Abdulmalik of WaterAid Nigeria.
Nigeria faces serious water supply and sanitation challenges with over 150, 000 children dying annually due to poor sanitation services; while about half of the estimated 170m population do no have access to safe drinking water, according to UNICEF estimates.
As part of the ‘Vote4WASH’ campaign, which is being implemented in collaboration with YouthWASH and Water and Sanitation Media Network, Federal Capital Territory Chapter, a training workshop for Journalists and Bloggers on how to increase coverage on water supply, sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) issues during the electoral campaigns, will open today in Abuja
“We understand the importance of the media and bloggers in promoting the prioritization of WASH as an important agenda in the forthcoming election, it is therefore important for WaterAid to promote WASH issues as newsworthy to motivate media and bloggers to increase coverage of WASH issues during the forthcoming elections and beyond’, said Abdulmalik.
“The purpose of this training is to improve the understanding of the WASH Media Network and selected bloggers on WASH issues to position them with the necessary support to effectively engage and report for improved WASH services and coverage.”