In a significant move towards addressing the critical need for improved water supply and sanitation, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has issued Executive Order O02 of 2023.
The order, as noticed by The Trumpet, establishes the Gombe State Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (STWSSA), signalling a comprehensive effort to transform water infrastructure across urban and rural areas.
Under this executive order, the STWSSA is entrusted with a multifaceted mandate, overseeing key aspects related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities in small towns throughout the state.
The governor emphasized the importance of community participation, envisioning a transition of ownership to Water Consumer Associations (WCA) for sustainable local engagement.
Furthermore, the executive order elevates Local Government Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Units to full-fledged Departments within their respective councils.
These departments, according to him, will play a pivotal role in project planning, supporting community-based committees, providing technical assistance, and enhancing water supply and sanitation services at the grassroots level.
The governor stressed the immediate effect of the order, with provisions for future revisions to adapt to evolving needs.
The composition of the STWSSA Board, he said, will be announced after consultations with relevant stakeholders, underscoring the collaborative approach to achieve the ambitious goals outlined in the executive order.
This initiative, as observed by our correspondent, aligns with national and international efforts for holistic development, reflecting Gombe State’s commitment to promoting healthy living and sustainable economic growth.