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Not enough water, sanitation aid reaching Nigeria

27 March 2014, 08:45

Abuja - A recent report by the international NGO WaterAid has revealed that the water and sanitation aid reaching Nigeria was not enough for the development of the sector.

The report was made available by Oluseyi Abdulmalik, the organisation’s Communications and Campaigns Manager in Abuja on Wednesday.

It stated that just 1.26 dollars (N206) had been received in water and sanitation aid on an average for each person in Nigeria from 2010 to 2012.

Nigeria has received the total sum of 205.41 million dollars (N32.86 billion) per year in water and sanitation aid on average for the years 2010 to 2012.

According to the report, the international water and sanitation aid is failing to reach those in greatest need, exacerbating global inequalities, rather than reducing them.

In spite of these 63.2 million people in Nigeria, (39% of the population) does not have access to clean drinking water.

It stated further that another 112.7 million (69% of the population) was without basic access to sanitation.

Dr Michael Ojo, WaterAid's Nigeria Country Representative, said the aim of international aid was to help the world break out of poverty and live healthy and productive lives.

“The stated aim of international aid is to help the world’s poor break out of poverty and to live healthy and productive lives, also to positively address our fundamentally unequal world.”

“Nearly 100 000 children under the age of five die every year in Nigeria because of lack of access to clean drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene.”

“Why is more water and sanitation aid not targeted at those who are desperately waiting for these essential services in our country?”

It stated that one in 10 people lack access to clean drinking water and more than one in 3 don't have access to basic sanitation globally.

Most donors still allocate relatively low priority to tackling this crisis.

Over the past decades donors had failed to release monies pledged for the development of the sector due to reasons that were unclear.

WaterAid Nigeria called for dedicated goals on universal access to water and sanitation as part of the new global post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

It stated that this commitment was to enable everyone, everywhere have access to these life giving necessities no later than 2030.  

-    NAN

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