Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 September 2012

Nigeria: USAID to Fund Sanitation Projects in Bauchi

A two days workshop on implementation of institutional, regulatory and legal framework for urban water and sanitation sector for Bauchi State commenced in Abuja yesterday.

Team leader of the USAID funded project, Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) Bauchi office, Engineer Hossana Dajan, in his speech said the objective of the workshop was to build on past consultation that had been ongoing for some months now with a view to finding an acceptable legal framework for Bauchi state urban water and sanitation sector through extensive consultations.

Dajan said the workshop was also organized with a view to validating what was agreed upon by stakeholders in terms of institutional arrangement within the sector.

In his welcome address, the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) of SUWASA (Kenya), Dr. Dennis Mwanza said the selection of Bauchi state to pilot the project was as a result of an assessment tour that was carried out in five states in Nigeria and urged participants to be open and free in their contributions so that at the end of the workshop a workable document will be ready for implementation in Bauchi state.

Also in a brief remark, representative of USAID mission in Nigeria, Abdulkadir Gudugi said USAID is very proud of SUWASA's activity in Bauchi State and that more funding will be channeled into the programme.

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