HAVE you ever imagined life without access to clean water or a sanitation facility?
This is the life for most of our people.
A study in 2015 by WASH found out that 70 out of 100 people in the country still don’t have access to clean water and sanitation.
Without sanitation facilities, people’s only option is open defaecation.
This in turn contributes to the contamination of our water source, affecting our personal health and hygiene.
This is serious and so our government and people really need to address this issue.
There is a big task ahead for us to make sure there is access to clean water and sanitation for everyone.
Water is essential for our wellbeing and so the UN Global goals have prioritized Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 for clean water and sanitation.
SDG 6 hopes that by 2030, everyone in the country should have access to safe and affordable drinking water, as well as access adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene and end open defaecation amongst other target goals.
If so, the government as a signatory member to the UN only have 12 years to achieve SDG 6.
Yesterday we join the rest of the world to mark ‘world water day’.
Let us not just talk about water as essential for life.
Let us join force in being strident on the issue of water and sanitation so that both our local and national governments can also prioritise development of these important infrastructures in our local communities.
Let us not wait for our development partners to lead the way.
This is our country, our environment.
Let us be responsible for our own wellbeing.