Gabriel Enenche —
Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, today at the 28th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Water Resources in Abuja, said the country needs not less than N6 trillion to meet the demands for water supply infrastructure in the country.
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While speaking on the theme “Emerging Financial and Management Challenges for Sustainable Water Infrastructure in Nigeria”, Adamu noted that major challenges facing the sustainable development of the water sector were funding, poor water governance, and obsolete infrastructure, amongst others.
He added that the meeting was an opportunity to discuss developments in the water sector, evaluate issues, address identified challenges and chart a way forward towards resolving contemporary challenges. He also said a review of water governance, sustainable financing, pricing for water services was being considered.
Having expressed that resolutions from the last council meeting saw the need for states to key into the current Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) initiative of the Federal Government, Adamu noted that they are being piloted in some states in a performance approach through the provision of separate budget line in the state rural agency of water supply and sanitation agencies.
He added that the World Bank had committed $700 million to support Nigeria in its National WASH Action Plan towards revitilisation of the sector through the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Hygiene (SURWASH) programme.
“SURWASH is expected to provide six million people with basic drinking water services and 1.4 million people access to improved sanitation services.
“The programme will deliver improved WASH services to 2,000 schools and healthcare facilities and assist communities to achieve open defecation-free status’’.