USAID Funded WASH Coordination Project Ends in Bauchi By Beatrice Earland

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has ended its two year funding of Urban Water, Sanitation WASH Project and Hygiene Coordination Project (WCP) intervention in Bauchi State.

The Chief of Party (COP) of the project, Mr. Timeyin Uwejamomere said that WCP was designed to achieve the dual benefits of improved health and well being for Nigerians.

The COP who stated this at the closing ceremony in Bauchi said, the project improved health through increased financial sustainable access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene services and building the confidence of the public in government’s ability to deliver basic services.

While commending Bauchi State Government under Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar for its commitment towards creating enabling an environment for the full corporatization of its water utility, Mr. Uwejamomere said, “for the period that WCP had been in Bauchi State, our team was able to broker an agreement between the State Government, World Bank and WCP to develop and implement a roadmap for the transition of former Bauchi State Water Board into a more commercially oriented Bauchi State Water and Sewerage Corporation.

“WCP team also facilitated and fast tracked the constitution of Board of Directors (BOD) for the new corporation in November 2017 and also setting up a regulatory unit in the new BSWSC.”

The COP said, WCP had enjoyed tremendous support from the staff of the utility in the course of its assignment stressing that, “because of this support and commitment from management and staff of BSWSC, revenue generation has risen close to 100 percent. The support also allowed WCP team to identity gaps in critical areas in the corporation for immediate improvement.”

In a keynote address at the event, the State Commissioner of Water Resources Alhaji Ibrahim Ayuba Suleiman who was represented by a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry said, Bauchi State Government is fully committed in the ongoing reform taking place in the State Urban WASH pointing out that, “development of the reform documents has positioned Bauchi State among the best three reforming utilities in Nigeria.

“This feat has resulted in the consideration of the State by the Federal Government and the World Bank for the ongoing Third Urban Water Sector Reform Project with a credit facility of about 65 Million Dollars.”

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