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Ekiti Sets For National Wash Quiz Competition

Ekiti Sets For National Wash Quiz Competition

..As SUBEB  Pry Sch. Emerges To Represent State

*Winners at WASH quiz competition flanked by their teachers*

By Adewumi Ademiju, Ado -Ekiti

In preparation for National Quiz Competition on Water /Sanitation Hygenine (WASH) the Ekiti state primary school pupils have  been geared up towards participation in the contest.

The National Consultant WASH Sanitation in Abuja ,Mr Olajide Dada said the WASH quiz competition is being organised at the National level  for school children across the federation to promote hygiene behavior among school learners and to also access and promote the level of hygiene behavior in school children.

“For a  direct intervention we decided to take a segment of community which is school ,
we want to implement Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) in our school for positive improvement

“If there must be success on hygiene we must begin from school because school children are agents of Change

“We are looking at 2025 as our target for open defection free in Nigeria. We want to ensure that the entire populace is sensitized, that is why we came about the quiz competition for proper and adequate hygiene to be maintained among the populace”

Mr Olajide enjoined Ekiti State  to work and attract different partners to advance the program

“In the North, they work in partners. There are interventions from different partners,-UNICEF,water resources agencies and other stakeholders ”

Olajide urged teachers to be proactive in their duties irrespective of  Challenges .

“Monitoring is lacking in our education system, teachers should intensify more efforts professionally.

“WASH is trying to collaborate with teachers and give them logistic supports in their duties.

Ekiti State came 3rd in the  maiden edition of Wash National  quiz competition which came up in  August 3rd 2008.

The permanent secretary of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) in the State, Engineer Olumuyiwa Fatoba said the administration of Dr John Kayode fayemi is keen into WASH program. Engineer Fatoba said “the state government is doing a lot in Hygiene to curb open defeaction ”

RUWASSA Boss therefore gave  assurance that the  programme would soon be extended to cut across the 16 local government area of the state.

Out of the 16 Local governments in Ekiti State, Water and sanitation Hygiene program (WASH) is currently in focus in two local governments area of Ekiti state -Gbonyin and Ekiti West local governments.

Engineer Fatoba said,

“By next year in conjunction with SUBEB, (State Universal basic education board)  and other relevant agencies, we would extend WASH beyond Gbonyin and Ekiti West Local governments”

In preparation for the forthcoming second edition of  WASH National quiz competition. Ekiti State Ruwassa in conjunction with SUBEB, EU/UNICEF conducted  quiz competition on WASH in three stages to select the school that will represent the state at the National level. The competition was conducted at the ward, local government and the state level.

The State WASH quiz came up  on Wednesday 17th of July at Koltotel Hotel in Ado Ekiti.

Six primary schools that performed well in the previous ward and local government competitions were qualified for the state Contest which in turn  produced the state representative at the National.

The permanent secretary Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) Engineer Fatoba disclosed that the agency has been collaborating with UNICEF in terms of WASH activities .

He said “the pupils participating in the free and fair state contest are the champions of the Local government, we are going to select the best 3 that will represent the state at the National level We appreciate UNICEF for supporting the program ”

UNICEF representative Dr Bisi Orebiyi while appreciating the European Union EU for the support in all UNICEF initiatives, expressed the readiness of the Fund to partner with the Ekiti State government in the hygiene program.

“Ekiti State has distinguished itself in spreading the good message on Sanitation /hygiene, the positive effect of the program will continue to change cultural practice of open defeacation

“we can do more by extending to other local governments in the state

“UNICEF would continue to hold on to its commitment in  collaboration with other partners”

Permanent secretary of SUBEB in Ekiti, Mr Michael Fabamise was represented by a Director SUBEB in Charge of school,   Mrs Christiana Bamikole .

Mrs Bamikole appreciated EU/UNICEF and assured that SUBEB would ensure the sustainability of the programme in the 2local governments, Gbonyin and Ekiti West where is currently being conducted in the state.

She also gave assurance that the program (WASH)would soon be spread all over the state.

The schools that participated in the state contest were-

Subeb Model Erio Ekiti, St Micheal B Okemesi Ekiti and St John Primary school Ido Ile, all in Ekiti West local government. In Gbonyin local government the schools are SUBEB model, Ode Ekiti St John Ode and St Lukes Ijan Ekiti.

Two pupils of  SUBEB Nursery and primary school Ode Ekiti, Daniel Oyekanmi and Afolabi Kimberli emerged as the best candidates to represent the state at the National inter- school quiz competition on water, Sanitation and Hygiene known as WASH.

The pupils, Daniel Oyekanmi and Kimberli Afolabi defeated other contestants from Ekiti west and Gbonyin local governments at the state level of the quiz held in Ado Ekiti.and were  therefore chosen to represent the state at the national level.

Permanent secretary of Rural water supply and Sanitation, Mr Muyiwa Fatoba presented gifts to the participants

He explained that the programme was sponsored by UNICEF to promote hygiene in the state and to check open deification.

WASH National Consultant Mr Dada Olajide who reiterated  that the partner Agency was committed to eradicate open defeacation in Ekiti state , appealed to residents to imbibe the spirit of hands washing to prevent communicable diseases.

In an interview, the outstanding pupils, Daniel Oyekanmi and Afolabi Kimberli thanked the organisers and promised to make the state proud at national level.

St Michael ‘B’ okemesi Ekiti came second while SUBEB Nursery and Primary school Erio Ekiti took the third position.

Cash and other gifts were given to the participants and their teachers as a way of motivation.

 

 

 

 

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