You see, it was my father who first told me, “You are man, you come from a line of great men”. I believed him. For this much was true. As he walked me to school from tender age, he’d speak to me. And then at night when I slept he’d go through my books… I remember the early morning sessions we had before I had to go to school. And he made sure I attended the best.
I know one truth, and I learnt from my father, you can be the best at whatever you will if your mind is set to it. Even if you fail it doesn’t lessen your knowledge or skill, you just didn’t get it right then. Try again.
I miss those conversations. I hold these memories close to my heart. For I know even in the face of all my troubles, his voice remains strong… Like it was yesterday I told him a story of certain setbacks in my life… And he said, “Son, if they treat you bad, they don’t deserve you”.
I know a better deal will come. I only wish I had one more conversation with the man. My father. He was a great man. And he lives in me. I am my father’s son.
It was an amazing week in Calabar, Cross River State when over 20 CSOs, Government Representatives and other stakeholders on the Concern Universal’s RUSHPIN Programme and CHISHPIN Project sat down at the Conference Hall of Channel View Hotel Calabar, to review the activities for the year.
In his welcome address at the meeting, Mr. Nanpet Chuktu, the Programme Manager for Concern Universal invited all the participants to participate actively during the review meeting, key into new learning and network with other stakeholders on the project. He commended the efforts of the Local Government WASH Units, CSOs, Natural Leaders and CU staff for all the successes recorded so far.
The review meeting brought together stakeholders from nine local governments in Benue and Cross River States to review the work done so far on the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion In Nigeria RUSHPIN Programme in Logo, Agatu and Gwer East (Benue) and Obanliku, Bekwarra, and Abi Local Governments (Cross River) as well as the Community Led Health Improvement through Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion In Nigeria CHISHPIN Project in Yala, Biase and Ikom Local Government Areas of Cross River State.
During the presentations, CSOs working on the project in several Local Government Areas of Benue and Cross River States were recognized for their outstanding performance during the period in review.
One major outcome of the review meeting was the commitment of the stakeholders and partners present, especially the government representatives to do more towards achieve 100 percent Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities across the 9 Local Governments and scaling up to other States and Local Governments in the very near future.
We ran with the tides
We danced in the rain
We gazed on the moon
We felt the sun in her glory
We looked out on the World
We created a new place…