Agoi CBO takes impressive steps towards sustainability

Several representatives of our organisation attended the opening ceremony of a new public toilet system in Agoi Ibami this week. The project, funded by CERCOPAN under a grant from IUCN France, was planned and implemented by Agoi’s Community‐Based Organisation (CBO), the Air Green Foundation, with only minimal assistance from Community Liaison Officer, Mike Ekpe.

The opening ceremony started in the house of the Clan Head, and was attended by several Chiefs and CBO members. The head of the Air Green Foundation, Honourable Etim, gave a speech outlining the positive contribution that CERCOPAN has made to the community, typed and printed on the equipment donated to the CBO by CERCOPAN. Our Director, Nicky also gave a speech, commending Agoi Ibami on the steps forward that had been made. Then, the delegation set off to the toilet unit, where  Honourable Etim invited Nicky to cut the ribbon, and the three toilets with separate soak away pits were officially declared open for public use!

The completion of this project marks an important milestone in our partnership with Agoi Ibami community. It provides clear evidence of the progress that has been made as a result of the capacity building training programme we have undertaken in Agoi over the last two years. Not only did the CBO construct an excellent toilet unit, they also submitted an impressive final report, including sound and transparent financial accounting. The CBO is already actively seeking other funding opportunities and visited Nicky in Calabar this week to seek assistance with a grant proposal they intend to submit to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.

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