African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) on Thursday, through it Acting Executive Secretary, Mr Thomas Banda, has urged member states to align with its National sanitation policies in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The newly released African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) was a continental guideline that prescribed the benchmark on what a sanitation policy should look like, Bandu stated.
This was disclosed by Banda while receiving members of the Society for Water and Sanitaion (NEWSAN) in Abuja.
“We urge our member states to sit back and review their sanitation policies that are already in place, From our statistics, most of these sanitation policies that were reviewed were done during the MDGs.
“But now that we are talking about the SDGs, for us to achieve the SDGS six on accelerated access to sanitation, we really need to make sure that these sanitation policies are very much focused on the SDGs and not the MDGs.
“We also noted that there are quiet a lot of gaps in existing policies in the countries, a lot of countries do not have sanitation policy guidelines at all.
“So, we developed the continental ASPG to provide some guidelines to member states, so that they can come up with their own tailor-made sanitation policies,” Bandan said.
While pledging to assist Nigeria in actualising its Sanitation And Water For All (SWA) commitment to improve sanitation and hygiene by 2025, he noted that Nigeria’s mandate was just one out of its 55 member states, and that the continental progress report carried out annually showed that Nigeria was moving in the right trajectory.
“We have heard about the Clean Nigeria campaign, it is a very good initiative and many other indicators that shows that it is moving well, but just like any other member states, there are still some challenges.
“A lot of investment gaps, if we are to achieve our water and sanitation related goals in the SDGs, we still have a lot of things to achieve by closing the investment gaps.
“It has been quiet a positive visit, ideas have been exchanged, AMCOW as a continental organisation can put in a voice to member states’ aspirations domestically”.
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