Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo, is partnering WaterAid, Oxfam and Concern Universal on new Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes this year. The aim is to advance rural sanitation and hygiene via access to safe water.
The partners affirmed their commitment to building relationships that stretched beyond the commercial bottom line to the engagement of communities to make positive impact on their lives.
At an event in Lagos to seal the agreement, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr Peter Ndegwa said: “At Guinness Nigeria Plc, we have a real commitment to providing safe water to Nigerian communities and have provided over 25 potable water facilities to communities across Nigeria under our Water of Life programme. The partnerships we are speaking of today are testaments to that commitment. The NGOs we are working with have a proven track record for delivering highly impactful water, sanitation and hygiene programmes in Nigeria, and other countries of the world.
“Their work has saved millions of lives, and created a brighter future for many. We are, therefore, confident that their expertise will help us improve the viability of our water and sanitation interventions, as well as the impact on beneficiaries. Furthermore, it is our hope that our partnership with these NGOs inspires other stakeholders to join in our mission to help more Nigerians have access to clean water and improved hygiene.”
Under terms of the partnership, Guinness Nigeria will provide funding that will enable the three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) deliver WASH programmes in three states across the country. The Guinness-Concern Universal will deliver the WASH programme in Cross River State; while the Guinness-OXFAM collaboration will apply in Benue State, and the Guinness-WaterAIDprogramme in Bauchi State.
Through these partnerships, Guinness Nigeria will help to provide water to over 35,800 Nigerians.Each of these programmescomprise water facilities (bore holes and other ancillary facilities, while toilets will also be constructed for the WaterAid and Oxfam programmes).
Concern Universal’s Country Director, Tim Connell, said the second Phase II of the ‘Safe Water and Improved Sanitation and Hygiene’ (SWISH) programme will provide year-round access to safe drinking water for 15 rural communities in three local government areas in Cross River State,while continuing to promote better sanitation and hygiene behaviour.
He emphasised that supplying water to open defecation free (ODF) communities will have a direct positive impact on their health status. “As a result, SWISH II will seek to close the gap for Nigeria in fulfilling its national targets and to attaining the new sustainable global goals,” he stated.
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