The United Nations Children’s Fund says it is ready to partner with the Enugu State Government in the quest to actualise the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Jane Bevan, made this commitment during the presentation of a WASH Master Plan of the agency to Governor Peter Mbah at the Government House in Enugu on Monday.
Bevan expressed satisfaction with the commitment, dedication, and political will of the Enugu governor to actualise the SDGs programmes, adding that the international agency was ready to partner with the state to realise set objectives.
Addressing journalists, Bevan said, “We came here today to present this very preliminary outline master plan for achieving the SDGs by 2030.
“I think that with the commitment and dedication that the governor has demonstrated to me today, I really think that Enugu is on the right track and could definitely achieve this.
“There are so many different elements that will need to come together to make water, sanitation, and hygiene happen in the state; but I think the governor has got a strong political will and he can make it happen.”
The governor, while appreciating the support of UNICEF so far, said his administration had since inauguration declared a state of emergency on water provision because of the importance of water to life.
“We made a promise to our people that in 180 days from our swearing-in, we will provide water regularly in our metropolis and it is 102 days left. I am pleased to inform you that with what we have on the ground, we are going to beat that deadline,” Mbah said.