Mr George Bekinbo, a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) consultant with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Plateau, has urged the state government to increase the budgetary allocation for the water sector.
Bekinbo, said this in an interview with reporters in commemoration of the 2020 World Water Day (WWD) on Sunday in Jos.
The consultant, who decried poor access to potable water by residents of Plateau, urged the state government to ensure prompt release of allocated funds to the sector.
He also called on government to ensure sector governance coordination and urged the private sector to invest heavily in supporting government in addressing water deficit in the state.
“The result of the survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and Federal Ministry of Water Resources, under the Water Sanitation and Hygiene – National Outcome Routine Map (WASH-NORM) 2018, only 40.1 per cent of Plateau households are using basic water supply.
“Only 10.4 per cent of household members are using improved drinking water source accessible within their premises.
“This simply means that the water situation in the state is poor and so, government will have to increase the budget for the sector and ensure prompt release of allocated funds.
“Private sector investment in the water sector will also go a long way in addressing the water need of the people,” he said.
NAN reports that World Water Day is celebrated globally on March 22, with “Water and Climate Change” as theme for the 2020 celebration.