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50 million Nigerians lack access to water—Minister

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA—About 50 million Nigerians lack access to water, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Water Resources Minister, has said.

He, however, stated that his administration was projecting year 2030 as the period to supply water to all.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja, after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa yesterday, Adamu hinted that his Ministry would at the National Council on Water Resources meeting next week unveil in detail a programme aimed at realizing total water supply, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, SGDs, of the United Nations.

Lagos-waterHe said: “I had my marching order on November 11, 2015, when I was sworn-in. What we are doing is just to fulfil the marching order.

‘’At the end of the day, we want to see water resources sector is doing what it is supposed to do. We have coverage of water supply and sanitation.

‘’We want to meet the SDG goals before 2030. We need to meet the target for open defecation by 2025 because we have subscribed to that. These are some of the targets.

“For these programmes, we have projected some programmes for four years and others, five years up to the year 2030.

“That is part of issue we are putting in the document we presented to the President. You know we subscribe to the millennium development goals by last year 2015.

‘’We are supposed to have achieved 75% coverage for water supply and a certain percent for sanitation. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet that.

“We met the water supply by only 69% but we did very poorly in sanitation. So, this 69% means over 50million Nigerians still don’t have access to portable water and


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