In its efforts to improve the health of its citizery the Nigerian government has called on all stakeholders to come together to provide water and sanitation facilities to Nigerians.
The Nigerian Minister of Water Resources Engr Sulieman Adamu made the call in Abuja during the inter-ministerial dialogue with some stakeholders to provide water and sanitation facilities in the country.
The Minister also said that obtaining optimal benefit from the provision of water supply requires the complementary promotion of access to adequate sanitation and improved hygiene practices.
“It is in this regard that we seek a robust collaborative effort towards achieving these goals. The WSSCC is supporting Nigeria with the provision of a grant of Five Million Dollars through its Global Sanitation Fund for the implementation of sanitation and hygiene promotion activities across six LGAs in Benue and Cross River States. The project is recording good success and it is expected that this will be scaled up to more LGAs” he explained.
On his part the Executive Director of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), Mr. Chris Williams explained that the non availability of sanitation and hygiene facilities affects the health of women. He added that the provision of these facilities will reduce mortality among the vulnerable groups.
Also, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan said 80% of the population that need water and sanitation are women, children and the vulnerable. She however urged the Government to involve women in the construction, design and location of sanitation facilities.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun lauded the projects budgetary allocation for water saying that sanitation has improved since this administration came on board.
She added that her Ministry is starting a new programme under the U-Win to provide public toilets in public areas across