Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

Foundation calls for review of National Water and Sanitation Policy

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Bread of Life Development Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called for review of Nigeria’s National Water and Sanitation Policy, to align with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Programme Officer of the foundation, Mr Taiwo Owolabi, said in a statement in Abuja on Friday that the review would help to achieve universal coverage for safe water supply and sanitation by 2030.

The foundation said the current policy, which was approved in the 2000 had stressed the need for achieving the newly adopted SDGs.

It said that it was particularly significant with Target Six of SDGs on safe drinking water supply and sanitation.

“This necessitates a review of existing strategies that has not worked, and the formulation and development of new policy instruments, guidelines, strategies, and funding mechanism.

“There is the need for sustained allocation of sectoral rules and responsibilities to turn the dream of universal coverage of safe Water Sanitation and Hygiene by 2030, into reality,“ it said.

The foundation called on the 36 state governments in the country to review and update their water supply and sanitation policies.

It maintained that urban and rural water supply and sanitation were statutorily state and local governments` responsibilities.

The foundation expressed regret that it was unfortunate that Nigeria, in spite of its enormous financial resources, was unable to achieve Millennium Developmental Goals and its target for water supply and sanitation.

It reiterated the need for renewed commitment to achieving SDGs for water supply and sanitation.

“The SDGs is a much more ambitious target because it calls for universal coverage of safe drinking water and sanitation by the year 2030.

“Now is the time for federal and state governments in Nigeria to start making ambitious plans and allocating adequate public funds to achieve the SDGs for water supply and sanitation.

“Also, new policy declarations, strategy documents, and implementation guidelines developed in this regard must be backed by firm political commitment and action.

“We have another 15 years to give our people access to safe drinking water, and it is our belief that 15 years are enough to eradicate open defecation in Nigeria.

“Fifteen years are enough to stop the incidence of preventable infant and maternal diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid in Nigeria.

“Fifteen years are enough to ensure that every Nigerian has access to safe drinking water supply and sanitation services.

“Now is the time to update national and state policy instruments, sector strategies and implementation guidelines, “ the foundation said.

It maintained that adequate public financing, backed with strong political will, would assist nations to meet the SDG Six for water supply and sanitation. (NAN)

 

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