USAID Partners with Nigeria’s Taraba State

February 8, 2021
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February 8, 2021 TAWASCO

USAID Partners with Nigeria’s Taraba State

to Improve Delivery of Water and Sanitation Services

Taraba State Governor Dairus Ishaku displays the agreement co-signed with USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin that will improve the efficiency of the state’s Water Board. – Ogaba Ogbu/USAID E-WASH

Partnership under ‘E-WASH’ activity will boost Water Board

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with Taraba State Executive Governor H.E. Dairus Dickson Ishaku to formalize a new partnership to improve the management and delivery of water and sanitation (WASH) services to help people live healthier lives through reliable access to clean water.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed online on May 21, 2020, outlines commitments between USAID and Taraba State to jointly develop a professionally managed, commercially oriented, and accountable state Water Board. This will be accomplished by improving the Water Board’s financial viability, and strengthening policy, institutional, and regulatory frameworks for better WASH service delivery.

“The importance of water, sanitation and hygiene has been emphasized by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin at the signing.  “The collaboration marked by today’s agreement will help Taraba chart a path towards a better performing water board will raise the quality of services for the health of their customers.”

Through the $60.4 million ‘Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services” (E-WASH) activity, USAID supports Taraba and five other states to increase access to clean water and reduce water borne diseases by strengthening their Water Boards’ capacity to make solid investment decisions, improve billing and collection systems, and ensure greater responsiveness to customer concerns.