According to a press release published by the Premium Times, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday 8th November, in Abuja declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector. He said the declaration has become imperative to reduce the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country, which has caused preventable deaths.
He inaugurated the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre and directed government at all levels to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.
The president described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water services and sanitation in the country as ”disturbing”, warning that henceforth, Federal Government support to State Governments will be based on their commitment to implement the National WASH Action Plan in their respective States and to end open defecation by 2025,
Discussing the latest WASH statistics, he stated that “Our country now ranks No 2 in the global rating on Open Defecation as about 25% of our population are practicing open defecation”. He continued by saying that ”WASH services at the rural areas are unsustainable as 46% of all water schemes are non-functional, and the share of our spending on WASH sector has been declining from 0.70% of the GDP in 1990 to about 0.27% in 2015 which is far below the 0.70% at the West African regional level,”.
He noted that lack of attention by local and state governments who should take primary responsibility of this has caused the high prevalence of water-borne diseases that are being reported in different parts of the country. He therefore reiterated his commitment to ensuring that WASH sector becomes more effective among the Nigerian public.
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