State Commissioners for Water Resources have called on the Federal Government to increase investment opportunities and funding to improve access to potable water and sanitation.
They made the call at the ongoing two-day National Retreat on Revitalisation of Nigeria’s Water and Sanitation (WASH) Sector in Abuja.
They said it was of utmost importance to increase WASH fund to cater for the needs of the all tiers of government for effective funding of water and hygiene projects in the country.
Mr David Wuyep, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Plateau, said Nigeria needed no less than 1.3 per cent of its annual budget to meet the WASH needs and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water and sanitation by 2030.
According to him, the proposed fund will have the federation account as its primary source, which will be a reliable source for meeting the hygiene promotion and water needs in the country.
The Nasarawa Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr Abdulkareem Kana said presently, water sector in the country had completely collapsed and was heading toward failure, saying if immediate action was not taken, it might be irredeemable.
He said WASH was one of the cardinal parts of the SDGs, saying there was the need to do more to improve the sector through strengthened partnerships and continuous collaboration.
He called for deliberate funding and more political will from all stakeholders and the implementation of the action plan to revitalise the sector.
Mr Abdulmumuni Badmus, the Managing Director, Lagos State Water Corporation said lack of sustainability and proper monitoring was the reason for failure of water projects and infrastructure in the country.
He said sustainable planning in policies and programmes would go a long way to promote water governance and increase its availability.
Badmus said that it was a matter for regret that most water points and schemes were not functioning in spite of huge investments.