Tamale, Feb. 15, GNA - Mr Ibrahim Musah, Head of Policy and Partnership at Water Aid, has appealed District Assemblies to make Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) a priority in their plans.
'A careful observation of the MDG's indicates that if we do not pay attention to WASH there is no way the rest of the eight goals from Eradicating Extreme Poverty to Global Partnership for Development could be achieved,' he said.
Mr Musah made the appeal on Thursday at a review meeting with District Planning Officers and Representatives Civil Societies in Tamale.
The two-day meeting organised by Water Aid served as a platform to take stock of an initiatives called Localizing the MDG's(LMDG) in 2005, assess the techniques and tools used during the implemented the initiative and strategise to improve on WASH.
Mr Musah said WASH was often found as an appendix in the budget of many District Assemblies adding that sometimes issues relating to WASH was not dealt in depth.
He said challenges hindering people from accessing WASH over the years were bad practices, none existence of policies and some people's misconception that WASH was the preserve of Water Aid and other International NGOs.
'Most people are ignorant that globally WASH is an issue of legal right but not a social essential service subject to availability of funds,' he said.
He urged participants to educate the assembly members on the importance of WASH and support projects
Some of the participants complained that some political appointees often do not support planned WASH project due to lack of knowledge about its essence. GNA