Osinbajo Tasks Nigerians On Water Sanitation And Hygiene

Osinbajo Tasks Nigerians On Water Sanitation And Hygiene The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has tasked all key players in the water sector to join forces to ensure success in the achievement of the country’s water sanitation targets.

Unveiling the country’s policy documents on water sanitation and irrigation in Abuja, Professor Osinbajo said that improving water sanitation and hygiene in all parts of the country would improve the living conditions of the people.

“Despite the fact that we all seem to agree that water is life and critical to human existence, it is amazing how lightly we take issues of water management.

“Excess water or insufficient water not properly managed is devastating to both man and environment,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo said that although the country has achieved 69% success on water supply and 29% on sanitation, 66 million Nigerians without access to safe water and 110 million without adequate sanitation resulting to high rate of child mortality is a trend Nigeria must change.

“It is also a well-known fact that Nigeria did not achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals – MDGs for water and sanitation.

“Some of the reasons adduced for this include primarily, the lack of effective coordination among stakeholders and the inability to harness the required funds.

“There are about 66 million Nigerians without access to safe water and 110 million without adequate sanitation. Consequently, about 150,000 children under the age of 5 die annually from diarrhea-related diseases that are mostly traceable to unsafe drinking water.

“The situation is even more depressing in the rural areas where polluted ponds and streams remain the only source of water for drinking and other household chores.

“This trend must change,” he said.

UNICEF Signs 1.3 Billion Naira MoU With Niger State

UNICEFThe United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), Kaduna Field Office has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Niger State government on the provision of basic necessities of life for children and women in the state.

The Chief Field Officer of UNICEF in Kaduna, Mr Utpal Moitra, made the disclosure in Minna after the signing of the MoU.

He said that the Joint Work Plan for 2016 ensured that government and UNICEF shared commitment to accountability and transparency of the programme.

“The joint partnership is about joint commitment, sharing commitment and working together so as to deliver benefits to the large number of children and women in Niger state,” he said.

Moitra, who oversees three states including Niger State, stated that the cost of 1.3 billion Naira has been shared with UNICEF contributing 60% while the state government would provide 40% counterpart fund.

He explained that the agreement was reached following the continued partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and UNICEF as well as the states which include Niger State.

He informed that the major areas of priority in the MoU were education, health, water sanitation, nutrition and a host of others which would have direct benefits and bring development to the people of Niger State.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello signed the MoU on behalf of Niger State, while the Chief of Field Office, Mr Utpal Mostra, signed on behalf of UNICEF.

Governor Bello appreciated the partnership and promised to be supportive in the fulfilment of the state’s part of the agreement as quickly as possible.