OPS-WASH expands board, unveils 2024 agenda for water, sanitation initiatives

The Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) has officially announced an expansion of its Board of Directors and outlined ambitious plans for 2024.

Schael Igwe, Global Business Director, OPS-WASH Nigeria, in a statement on Wednesday, said the group was poised for impactful growth with strategic appointments and a comprehensive roadmap.

According to her, the organisation’s plans for 2024 promise impactful strides in supporting community engagement, fostering partnerships, and advancing data-driven solutions in the water and sanitation sector.

Following a recent board meeting, it may be recalled that OPS-WASH made strategic appointments from key sector plays in line with its ambitious roadmap for 2024.

Those appointed include; Ekuma Eze, former Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at the Nigerian Bottling Company, to its esteemed Board of Directors.

Eze’s extensive experience is expected to strengthen the organisation’s governance.

Dr Elizabeth Eterigho, President of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), was also appointed to its Board of Directors.

Igwe said Eterigho’s leadership aligned seamlessly with OPS-WASH’s mission as she would be heading the administrative support for the Data and Technology pillar.

“During the meeting, OPS-WASH approved its comprehensive plans for 2024.

“One of which was the noteworthy decision on the ratification of rotational board membership for the President of APWEN, ensuring diverse perspectives within the leadership structure.

“In view of this, Dr Adebisi Osim also joined the board meeting as the incoming President of APWEN from next year.’’

Igwe said the organisation would continue to support and adhere to President Bola Tinubu’s community engagement plans in Nigeria with take-off plans from the North-Central zone.

He said that the initiative was led by the Special Senior Assistant to the President on Community Engagement.

Igwe said development-focused projects with international organisations were ongoing as there was need for monitoring and evaluation plans to support the critical need for proper data in the sector.

“We will be fostering partnerships with some of Nigeria’s biggest economic and sustainability groups, to strengthen the body’s leadership.

“Starting points for the South African and Zimbabwean branches as well as a projection on participation in global events, in which OPS-WASH will support technological exhibitions and innovation hubs,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that OPS-WASH Nigeria National Coordinator, Dr Nicholas Igwe, received a commendation for his relentless efforts in recent partnership with the presidency on community management and engagement.

He was also congratulated for receiving the prestigious Hall of Fame Award from the World Toilet Organization during the AfricaSan7 conference in Namibia.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria