Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has said he will release %3m every year for 5 years to boost water infrastructures, ensure sanitation, hygiene and sustain the open defecations achievement his government has so far made.
The governor is also to be honoured and celebrated in faraway South Africa today after speaking to a vast crowd on health related issues.
The director general of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu who is representing the governor at this year’s Mandela 100 Global Citizens Festival holding at the Johannesburg stadium in South Africa disclosed this shortly before her departure from Calabar yesterday.
According to Edu, Ayade in his statement said: “Achieving clean water and sanitation requires African solutions. And so, it is my great pleasure to announce today that I am committing three million dollars every year for the next five years, for a total of fifteen million dollars for hygiene, water and sanitation in Cross River State.. I also commit to delivering the first Open defecation free state in West Africa.”
It would be recalled that the a UN agency had certified Obanliku, Yakurr, Boki and six other LGAs in the state as free of open defecation.