In the last decade,
Within this time, the
The French government through its agencies operating in the country had also invested over
Inspite of all this support, rural dwellers were so excited at the commencement of the 2014 raining season saying it was a blessing for a lot of families who depended on rains as their source of drinking water having paid dearly for water through water vendors during the dry season.
However, the recent reports from experts have noted that rain water is not as clean and safe as we had thought.
112 million Nigerians don't have access to adequate sanitation in
97,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in
It is a notable fact that most of these people without access to safe water and adequate sanitation are poor and live in remote rural areas or urban slums where international support for water are targeted.
Minister of Water Resources Mrs Sarah Reng Ochekpe noted recently that most of the projects been implemented in states with international support are not doing well.
She noted that information and data at the disposal of the ministry indicated that most of the states benefiting from
She said that the federal government had supported states with the development of state water supply and sanitation policy and law, development of financial model as a tool to assist the utilities management for decision making, development of low-income water household service strategy and strengthening of the urban water sector reform project to increase access to water.
The statement placed
It added that through appropriate technologies that do not rely on electricity, water facilities that are easy to operate and maintain a greater number of disadvantaged people can be provided with safe water.
"Every child in
It also stated that with support from the EU and UKAid, over 1.9 million people in rural areas had gained access to safe water in its Water and Sanitation Hygiene schools' programme.
According to the
As we continue to rely on international support to increase access to safe and clean water there is the need for a renewed synergy between the federal government and states especially in the monitoring of internationally supported project to ensure that the aim of delivering clean and safe water for the average Nigerian is met.
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