Nigeria calls for partnership on water and sanitation

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

Nigeria’s government has called on Stakeholders and  Development Partners in the Water sector to key into the Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH)

The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu made the call during an interactive session with development partners on PEWASH in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr. Adamu stated that this will also help government address the many challenges facing Nigeria’s quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on Water and Sanitation in the country. 

He explained that budgetary allocations by the Federal Government alone would not address the challenges of water and sanitation in the country therefore called on the Development partners to support the PEWASH initiative.

On the part of the State Government, the Minister noted that the Governors of Kano, Ogun, katsina, Abia, Gombe, Adamawa, Imo, Nasarawa, Delta, Niger, Cross River and Ebonyi state have signed the PEWASH Protocol.

“The first two states; Kano and Ogun have been selected to kick start the programme and the Federal Government counterpart fund has been approved in the signed 2017 Appropriation Act to commence the programme, he said.

According to the Ag. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, PEWASH, is not to take over the activities and programmes of the Development Partners, but rather to coordinate and complement the on-going projects and programmes by all stakeholders in the rural WASH sub-sector in the country.

He thanked the development partners for their support and cordial working relationship in the water sector over the years.

Responding on behalf of the Development Partners, the Chief of WASH, UNICEF Abuja, Zaid Jurji commended the Federal Government for the initiative.

He added that the Development Partners were committed to meeting the SGDs targets by adopting and signing up the PEWASH Protocol. Also, the various partners in the group have developed their strategic action plans and PEWASH is adequately captured.

 It would be recalled that PEWASH was launched in November, 2016 by the Acting Nigeria’s  President, to synergize efforts by the Federal Government, State Governments and Development Partners geared towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals target 6.1 and 6.2, specifically for water and sanitation in rural areas by 2030. 

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