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Minister restates FG’s commitment to expand Nigerians’ access to clean water

Adamu reiterated this in a statement signed by Mrs Kenechukwu Offie, the Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry.

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By Tosin Kolade
Abuja, Feb. 13, 2019 (NNN) The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has restated the commitment of the Federal Government to policies, projects and programmes aimed at expanding Nigerians’ access to clean water.

Adamu reiterated this in a statement signed by Mrs Kenechukwu Offie, the Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry.

The minister was quoted as saying that diligent implementation of these programmes would also ensure sustainable access to clean water that meets the social, cultural, environmental and economic needs of all Nigerians.

He said that from 2015 to date, the Federal Government had initiated some laudable projects and programmes to improve the water sector, stressing that “water is life’’.

He said that over the years, policy and institutional inadequacies accounted for the poor performance of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs).

He said that explained that the present administration had re-positioned the RBDAs to perform optimally in line with its original mandate as effective vehicles for integrated rural development.

Adamu recalled that the Federal Government recently declared a State of Emergency on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector to strengthen Federal-State Partnership to ensure that all Nigerians had access to sustainable and safely- managed WASH services by 2030.
According to him, this is in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets for water (Goal 6.1) and sanitation (Goal 6.2).

He said that the Federal Government through the ministry in 2016 initiated a National Programme tagged: “Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) as a national collaborative instrument to mobilise resources and harness the efforts of government at all levels.

He said that Development Partners, Private Sector, NGOs, Philanthropists and Communities were being aligned toward the same objectives and targets of achieving zero per cent open defecation and 100 per cent access to Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030.

The minister said that the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari had graciously accepted to champion the PEWASH and to galvanise the wives of governors toward eradicating open defecation across the country.

“The government is vigorously implementing programmes for Nigeria to attain Open Defecation Free (ODF) status by 2025 well ahead of the SDGs target of 2030,” Adamu said.

He said that this was in collaboration with development partners, adding that so far, seven local government areas out of 774 in the country had attained full ODF status. (NNN)
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Edited by Shittu Obassa/Grace Yussuf

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