Lagos – The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Sunday said that corruption was responsible for a lack of access to clean water by majority of Nigerians.
The Executive Director of the group, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, made the statement in an interview in Lagos.
Mumuni said the failure by governments at all levels to provide functional and potable water supply to Nigerians was a violation of the rights of the citizens.
“The percentage of Nigerians that can say we have access to clean, functional and potable water supply is less than 40 per cent of the populace.
“SERAP is using the occasion of the World Water Day, which is marked annually on March 22, to remind the government that it is their responsibility to provide this essential amenity to Nigerians.’’
Mumuni said that majority of Nigerians, especially children, had no access to clean water, in spite of the huge funds being expended yearly by government on water supply.
“Some of the monies being expended on the provision of pipe-borne water across the country are being obviously mismanaged.
“Some Nigerians are being forced to drink contaminated water which causes various diseases and endangers their lives,’’ he added.
Mumuni said SERAP had filed a suit against the Federal Government, seeking to know how much it had spent on the provision of safe water since the past five years.
He said that the suit which was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, had yet to be assigned to any judge. (NAN)