FC4S Lagos, NCIC, IHS Towers collaborate to advance water sanitation in Nigeria

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FC4S Lagos, NCIC, IHS Towers collaborate to advance water sanitation in Nigeria

The WASH Innovation Fair 2021 with the theme ‘Powering Innovation: Toward Achieving and Open Defecation Free Nigeria’, is coming up on the 23rd of November 2021 at IHS Towers Energy & Environmental Hub in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Financial Centre for Sustainability (FC4S), Lagos, and the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) in conjunction with IHS Towers, inspired by FMDQ have partnered to advocate for increased awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. This is in commemoration of the Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2021.

With 2.3 billion people still lacking access to basic handwashing facilities, organizations and individuals have a responsibility to promote handwashing, especially with the outbreak of the pandemic which has highlighted the critical role hand hygiene plays in the spread of diseases.

This year’s Global Handwashing Day themed “Our future is at Hand – Let’s move forward together” creates an opportunity for champions to take action to promote and sustain handwashing habits.

As such, the partnership also seeks to improve access to adequate safe water supply in the country and combat the challenge of Open Defecation by organizing a combination of events in November.

The lineup of events includes an Open Innovation Fair, Behavioral Change Campaigns, Capacity Building Webinars, and the installation of public toilet facilities across Nigeria with Lagos as a pilot location for these facilities.

Click on this link to register to attend. Interested exhibitors operating within the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sectors should send emails to [email protected]

Speaking on the partnership, Emmanuel Etaderhi Executive Secretary, FC4S Lagos said, “we are delighted to partner with NCIC and IHS Towers to support the eradication of open defecation and improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

Apart from the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) targets, this initiative will also provide an opportunity for SMEs to showcase locally developed WASH infrastructure during the Open Innovation Fair and matchmake them with potential investors, thereby enhancing job creation and employment opportunities in that space.”

In addition, Bankole Oloruntoba, Managing Director/CEO of NCIC stated that “as an organization, collaboration and partnership is very important. Safe water is a major scope of our work in line with Sustainable Development Goal – 6 which is to provide clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.

This collaboration will strengthen the parties involved and help mitigate the issue of open defecation in Nigeria and we also hope this partnership will lead to innovation that can scale enterprises in the water

IHS Towers, one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure providers in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, is committed to enhancing the sustainable development of the countries in which it operates. To that effect, the world-renowned company is a key sponsor of the FC4S/NCIC WASH Innovation Fair and Behavioral Change Campaigns.

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