Osogbo - Alhaji Olaposi Adiatu, the Programme Manager of the Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency in Osun, on Friday in Osogbo stressed importance of clean environment.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that provision of potable water is essential, but would be counter- productive if the environment is dirty.
"Dirty environment causes all sort of water-borne diseases,” he said.
"That is exactly the reason the government in Osun is consciously giving priority to the provision of potable water and robust system of sanitation. We have made it clear to our people that the only prerequisite for adequate provision of water in their communities is good sanitation,’’ he stressed.
On the Millennium Development Goals’ projection to provide drinking water for all by the year 2015, Adiatu expressed reservation about attainment of the goal by the stipulated year.
According to Adiatu, who is a geologist, attaining the goal depends on commitment.
"Take the case of Nigeria for instance, very few of the states in Nigeria are consistently complying with the laid down conditions for partnership by the development partners.
"In the national policy on water and sanitation, every state is mandated to have three levels of institutions, one in the state, another one in the local government, and a community-based unit,'' he said.
According to him, all the 30 local government areas have departments handling water and sanitation, and all the communities in the state have Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM), a sub-set of Community Development Association.
"WASHCOM has the obligation of sustaining the facilities for water and sanitation in the communities to make their environment hygienic and habitable.
"Our level of compliance in Osun has endeared us to these development partners, making them to partner with us continuously.
"Currently, the African Development Bank is carrying out water and sanitation projects in about 24 local government areas, while EU is working in the remaining ones,’’ he said.
Adiatu added that the high degree of enlightenment made the people’s adherence to hygiene rules and regulations very commendable.
He applauded Gov. Rauf Aregbesola for creating the enabling environment for the agency to succeed.