Nigerian Journalists reporting activities in the water and sanitation sector, received a fillip as WaterAid in Nigeria yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Water and Sanitation Media Network which provides a framework within which both organisations will develop and undertake collaborative activities and projects, and initiate campaign and advocacy programmes to promote equity and inclusion in WASH services in Nigeria.
Water and Sanitation Media Network comprises Journalists reporting the water supply and sanitation sector for various mass media channels in Nigeria; while WaterAid is the world’s leading organisation working to increase access of the world’s poor to water and sanitation services.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Junita During, Head of Governance of WaterAid in Nigeria, said, “the MOU will also enable WaterAid in Nigeria to mobilise and utilise the Water and Sanitation Network as a platform to increase visibility, raise awareness and disseminate information for water, sanitation and hygiene through evidence based reportage and compelling story telling; as well as promote prioritisation of WASH in the human development agenda highlighting the critical linkages”
“This is a partnership through which WaterAid in Nigeria will support the Water and Sanitation Media Network in all capacities with funds, resources, technical expertise, with information to tease out the key issues on water and sanitation in Nigeria. The press is a critical partner, to take the message to the public domain, to inform and educate through critical analysis of the issues, the challenges and the gaps of the sector; and with this partnership we expect the media to take the issues of water and sanitation across the country with more vigour”, she added.
The signing of the MOU took place during the Annual Partners Roundtable (APRT) of WaterAid in Nigeria in Abuja, and was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Ambassador Godknows Igali; the Country Representative of WaterAid in Nigeria, Joe Lambongang; Chair of the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW), Mr. Leo Otakpu; the Secretary of the National Task Force on Sanitation, L. AbdulSalihu, and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees the WASH Media Network, Mrs. Regina Eche-Fali.
Joe Lambongang, Country Representative of WaterAid in Nigeria, signed on behalf of WaterAid in Nigeria, while Babatope Babatope, signed on behalf of the Water and Sanitation Media Network.