52.7m Nigerians have no access to water supply- official says

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleman Adamu, says about 52.7 million Nigerians have no access to water supply in the country.

The Minister disclosed this during the third founders day of Edo University, Iyamho.

Delivering a lecture titled ” water, Sanitation and hygiene” Adamu said majority of this figures are highly concentrated in rural areas.

He said, ” 2015, the National Water Supply Coverage (NWSC) was 69 percent, comprising of urban dwellers 80 percent, semi urban (small town) 68 percent and rural areas 60 percent. This implied that 31 percent representing 52.7 million Nigerians do not have access to water supply.

“Inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure, population increase and rapid urbanization have created a serious deficiency in the quality of life of an average Nigerian with dire consequences on sanitation, food, security, health, employment and standard of living,” he said

Represented by the Managing Director of Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority, Engr. Ahmed Saliu, Adamu, he said the ministry has developed immediate and long-term strategies for water sector 2016 to 2030, tagged ” the water sector road map to address the problem.

He said Nigeria was not able to meet the Millennium Development Goals Target on access to water supply as a result of the decline in access to water in the rural areas.

Adamu noted that with the water sector road map, concerted efforts must be put in place towards achieving 100 percent access to water supply by 2030 in accordance with the newly adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

L.Nasir