By Chioma Obinna
Respite came the way of 200,000 Nigerians living in rural communities as the European Union, yesterday, signed a N1.9 billion agreement with United Nation Education Fund, UNICEF, aimed at bringing sustainable and integrated water supply and sanitation as well as hygiene promotion in selected states and local governments in Nigeria.
The Ambassador/Head of the EU delegation to Nigeria, Dr. David, explained that the EU’s investment of N1.9 billion (9 million Euros) which will be funded under the Support to Reforming Institutions Programme, would also stimulate accountability and transparency in state and LGA budgeting processes in six states: Anambra, Osun, Cross River, Kano, Jigawa and Yobe.
The project will be implemented by UNICEF over the next two years.
MacRae said: “We at the EU believe that the provision of water and sanitation and the promotion of hygiene are essential public services. They protect populations from diseases that particularly affect children, including cholera and diarrhoea, and they help contain malaria.
“We will be pleased to support the state and local governments that are leaders in this area.”
He explained that the first phase of the agreement is for a public expenditure management and financial accountability review in the six states.