The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly has in collaboration with its strategic partner organizations in water ,sanitation and hygiene, notably Coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation, CONIWAS today organized a symposium on water, sanitation and hygiene, WASH. This forms part of the week-long Ghana WASH Celebration. This year’s celebration ,which began on the 21st of August through to 27th of August is under the theme “ Safely Managed WASH for All; Every Contribution Counts”. The platform offered key stakeholders in the sector the opportunity to share information about their individual and collective efforts to deal with WASH issues. More importantly, the symposium presented the platforms for stakeholders to highlight the need to ensure increasing access to safely managed water and sanitation as well as good hand hygiene.
In his welcome address read for him , the Mayor of Tamale ,Hon. Sule Salifu recalled with nostalgia, the success story shared in the maiden edition of WASH WEEK from a humble beginnings last year. Hon Sule Salifu commended CONIWAS for showing the pathway to harnessing huge resources required to deal with sanitation in our communities. He described this year’s week-long celebration of WASH event as yet another success.
Delivering the key note address the Regional Minister ,Hon Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu explained his passion for sanitation issues, for which reason he ,upon assumption of office as the regional minister, took steps to rollout the operation clean Northern Region initiative.
He assured CONIWAS and other Ally institutions and community members of government commitments to mobilize the needed resources and leveraging same to change the narrative.
He commended the organizers for their resilience in the fight against all barriers to achieving improved sanitation in their project districts.
The Regional Minister subsequently opened the exhibition of WASH products
The event was a well attended one which brought together the multi stakeholders in the sanitation sub-sector such as members of academia (University for Development Studies, UDS and School of Hygiene, Tamale),chiefs ,especially sanitation enthusiasts, staff of the environmental health and sanitation unit of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and their counterparts from the Sagnerigu Municipal Assembly, sister Assembly among others.