The need for synergy between the Media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to work on enlightening the public on WASH activities and behavioral pattern in Taraba state has been stressed.
This was contained in a Communique issued at the end of a one-day Urban Wash Media Network quarterly meeting signed by the State Chairman of the Network and the Secretary, Sadiq Adamu and Janet Audu held on Thursday in Jalingo.
The Media round table meeting which was organized by Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) also include CSOs and TAWASCO officials.
According to the communique, other resolutions that were reached including the need for the media to set agenda for the government through its reportage, while CSOs should ensure monitoring and evaluating government policies, programmes and WASH activities implementation progress.
The Media to collaborate with CSOs to engage in advocacy campaigns and lobby policy makers on improved WASH activities, as well as to get response of beneficiaries on WASH activities in the state.
Media and CSOs should also hold the government accountable on its WASH policies and programmes and to effectively campaign for Gender, Equity and Social inclusion as well as engage the state government to re-introduce a monthly environmental sanitation program and enforce it for inter-agency collaboration between WASH-related MDAs in the state.
Media and CSOs to join force in strategic advocacy campaign for the introduction of Environmental Inspectors and proper utilization of graduate of Environmental School, as well as to champion enlightenment programmes for the state government to build conveniences in strategic public places.
The Communique further stressed the need for media to encourage the state government to mandate private business owners such as restaurants, shopping malls, filling stations and others to build places of convenience as part of their corporate social responsibilities.