The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) and the Civil Society Network on water sanitation and hygiene have commended the Federal Government for bridging the deficiency gap in water sector.

The CSOs made the commendation on the occasion of this year’s World Water Day, marked every March 22.

Mr Attah Benson, the National Coordinator of the CSOs said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja

According to Benson, there is no doubt that the government and other partners have been doing so much to bridge deficiency gap in the water sector.

“But all the efforts have failed to achieve the required result.’’

He stated that the 2017 celebration would have been more meaningful if we have had sectorial achievements to go with it.

The Theme for the 2017 World Water Day is; “Why waste water?’’

According to Benson, no matter how common water is supposed to be, it does not mean it is available everywhere and only few places have it, even in abundance.

He said that water was invaluable to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“That is why we continuously reminded ourselves of the importance of not wasting water, and also to learn to ensure that our used water is in a state where it can be recycled.

“Today, we are emphasising the important role of water in the achievement of the SDGs.

“We all know that in this sector, water cannot afford to stand alone as we cannot talk about water without sanitation and hygiene, neither can sanitation and hygiene be discussed without water.’’

The national coordinator said that 2017 should mark the turning point in the history of water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Nigeria.

He said that this was where government and partners at both state and national levels shold be committed to working with CSOs in the sector to drive the process of attaining the SDGs.

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