By Funmi Olasupo
Abuja – The Federal Government Thursday assured Nigerians and development partners to end open defecation by 2025.
This was stated by the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, during a visit by the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, at his office, where he stressed that water and sanitation remains key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs in the country.
Engr. Adamu in a statement signed by Director, Information and Public Relations of the Ministry Mrs. Margaret Umoh, maintained that the Ministry would soon be launching a ‘National Programme on Water and Sanitation’ aimed at meeting up with the targets of the SDGs.
According to him (Adamu) the programme when launched, would be cascaded to all states, rural communities, schools and markets across the country.
He also explained that the responsibility of the states and local government authorities to provide domestic water supply to their communities was also very important, while the role of the federal government would intervention in order to achieve set targets of the SDGs.
However, the Minister promised the Governor that Ebony State would be given assistance on the state water projects as this would not only provide food for the people but also create job opportunities for them.
In his response, Governor Umahi expressed appreciation and promised that his state would contribute its quota to ensure that the collaboration in scaling up access to water and ending open defecation succeeds.