Ondo launches WASH club in schools
By Boluwatife Akinola
To promote healthy living among students and teachers in schools, Ondo State Government has launched Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clubs in schools across the state.
The launching, which took place at St. Luke’s/Paul’s Primary School, Idi-Agba Titun, Akure, yesterday, was part of the REDEEMED Agenda of the present administration in the state to ensure good health through the provision of potable water and hygiene services to the people of the Sunshine State.
The launching, which was in commemoration of the Global Hand-washing and Toilet Days, was facilitated by the Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), in collaboration with the Ondo State Ministry of Water Resources, Public Sanitation, and Hygiene and the Ondo State Water Corporation (ODWC).
The event also witnessed the launching of a water borehole system for the schools.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Public Sanitation, and Hygiene, Mr Olotu Fatai Aburumaku, stated that the Ondo government is providing potable water systems in schools as part of the plan of Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa’s government to make sure people have clean water and stay healthy, in line with the federal government’s plan to ensure everyone has access to clean water and stays healthy by 2030.
However, Fatai mentioned that the government is not only fixing old boreholes but also starting WASH clubs in schools, saying the clubs will help keep an eye on water facilities so students and teachers can stay healthy.
Also, the General Manager of RUWASA, Mr. Rotimi Oladimeji, said the initiative would help keep the borehole facilities in good condition, noting that it is part of Governor Aiyedatiwa’s government plan to stop open defecation in the state.
Similarly, the Director of the National Orientation Agency, Mrs. Adelayo Adefolalu, represented by Mr. Akinniranye Akintade, noted that the initiative would encourage students to be interested in schools because there’s proper hygiene and also encourage society.
World Health Organization State Coordinator, Dr David Dele, congratulated the Ondo State government on its efforts to improve sanitation, water supply and hygiene in schools.
He noted that good hygiene cannot be overemphasized, and if there is clean water in school, there will not be diseases like cholera.
Reacting, the head teacher of St. Luke’s Anglican Primary School, Mrs Adegbite Morayo, emphasized that the event marked a big step in creating a healthier and cleaner environment for the students.