From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
An Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) WaterAid Nigeria has called on Federal Government to take urgent action on financing water and sanitation sector to boost development and change the lives of millions of people.
Miss Oluseyi Abdulmalik, WaterAid’s Communications and Media Manager made the call in a Press Statement issued to reporters in Bauchi
The statement said, the Federal government should take urgent action in financing water and sanitation sector to boost development and change the lives of millions people.
“The Nigerian government must prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene which is the basic building blocks of any prosperous community.
“Ensuring proper financing is put in place to build a more sustainable country today and for future generations. The people of Nigeria will be watching.
“Without access to these basic amenities, men, women and children in Nigeria will remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease, while being denied their basic human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
“Our Government must complement the state of emergency declaration with significant investment and financing needed to deliver on providing water and sanitation for all Nigerians.
“Government proper finance for water and sanitation will integrate it with efforts on health, nutrition and other related development, and to make progress sustainable is essential to reach everyone.
“Faster progress on all three will save lives, boost development and change the lives of people living in extreme poverty,” the statement said.
According to the statement , In Nigeria alone 33% of people are currently living without basic access to water, while 67% of people do not have a decent toilet.
The statement also quoted Dr ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye, Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, as saying:
“We are at a critical juncture in the fight to get clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene to the people of Nigeria and across the world.
“We know that if everyone, everywhere was able to access clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, then we could help end the scourge of extreme poverty and create a more sustainable future,” the statement said.