By David Ayodele, Bauchi State, NIGERIA
Dass Local Government in Bauchi State (NIGERIA) in partnership with three communities have approved a joint local development plan to fast track rapid transformation of some villages through improved water, sanitation and hygiene services in 2012.
This followed an interface meeting facilitated by WODASS, a Dass Based NGO and Tiship a USAID support project which brought local council officials face to face with community members of Baraza, Lushi, and Zumbul all in Dass LGA.
The interface meeting approved a total of 43 local development plans (LDPs) including water schemes, hand pump boreholes, motorized boreholes, slaughter slabs and constructions of new class room blocks.
The program officer of WODASS, Mr. Musa Gindaus who facilitated the interface meeting, listed notable projects to be executed to include small town water schemes for each of the three villages and construction of three hand pump boreholes in each of the communities.
Also approved, according to Mr. Gindaus, are the construction of seven VIP latrines across the three villages as well as construction of household latrines by the aforementioned communities by June 2012.
In realization of the health hazards associated with the consumption of contaminated meat products, the meeting approved the immediate construction of a slaughter slab in each of the villages.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the village head of Zumbul Alhaji Ya’u Umaru,
expressed concern over years of neglect and marginalization but pledged to partner with Dass local council to hasten the implementation of the approved LDPs.
In a message to the occasion, the interim chairman of Dass LGA Alhaji Mohammed Sadiq Alhassan, expressed regret over the neglect suffered by the hard to reach communities, saying pausity of funds had incapacitated the council from extending social amenities to inaccessible villages.
Alhaji Alhassan Sadiq however promised to involve the committees set up by the three communities in the implementation of the approved projects, urging councilors from the respective villages to closely monitor and supervise the attainment of these objectives.
Each village committee of five consists of the ward head, a councilor, a representative each for women, men and youth groups.