Stephanie Linus was recognized for her role in inspiring better personal and community hygiene with a federal government appointment as the PAHO-WASH National Ambassador. She was appointed yesterday by the Honorable Minister of Water Resources Engineering. Suleiman H. Adamu at a special decoration ceremony in Abuja.
This appointment is the highest form of recognition given by OPS-WASH (Private Sector Organized in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to any member of the private sector.
In his speech, Engr. Adamu tasked Ms. Linus with inspiring behavior change in Nigerians so that people take responsibility for their environment in her role as PAHO-WASH Ambassador. While applauding his efforts in the Hygiene First campaign, he also implored him and his team to identify different activities that would promote environmental sustainability across the country.
Dr Nicholas Igwe, PAHO-WASH National Coordinator is also present. The premise of PAHO-WASH is based on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He thus expressed his enthusiasm for the involvement of the entertainment industry in the WASH sector in creating behavior change.
As PAHO-WASH Ambassador, Ms. Linus pledged that she will use her role to inspire Nigerians to make hygiene a culture, as well as inspire citizen participation and accountability. This appointment constitutes recognition by the public sector of the Hygiene First campaign that it launched in May 2020.
OPS-WASH (Organized Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is an umbrella organization for private sector collaboration and multi-actor innovation. It was inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with the aim of ending open defecation in Nigeria by 2025 and alleviating other water-related problems in Nigeria.