Nigeria sets new strategy to address WASH challenges

Habiba Ahmed, Abuja

The Nigerian government has reiterated it’s commitment to addressing the low access to potable water, sanitation and hygiene services as well as curbing  the high prevalence of water borne diseases across the Country.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu made this known at a two day workshop on the implementation of the National Action plan for the Revitalization of Water Sanitation and Hygiene in Abuja, Nigeria.
This is in line with the Declaration of State of emergency on  Water Sanitation and Hygiene Sector (WASH) by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018.
Mr. Adamu said within the National Action plan, a provision has been made for the establishment of the National WASH fund to mobilize available resources to provide water and sanitation  for all by the year 2030.
“The  Federal Government  is resolved and committed to vigorously pursue the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and ensure that we “Leave no one behind”, which is the theme for the 2019 world water day. Allow me to remind us that time is of the essence to achieve this goal”, he said.
The Minister, noted  that interventions are under way to end Open defecation.
“The Nigerian Government have established the Clean Nigeria: stop Open Defecation Programme.The goal is to end open defecation in Nigeria by the year 2025. We recognize that this can only happen at the state and local government level and as such we urge the state and local governments to key into the initiative  as a matter of urgency. Our actions must be immediate and deliberate, I hereby urge all of us to give our focused attention, contribution and support to the development of the implementation plan of the National Action Plan,” Adamu furthered.
Mr Adamu explained that the national strategy for the implementation of Village Level Operation and Maintenance(VLOM) of rural water supply facilities has been prepared.
This he said is part of the sustainability effort of the government on access to adequate and equitable supply of safe drinking water in rural areas across the country.
He added that government is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), which is access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and end open defecation in the country by the year 2030.
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