61% plateau residents lack potable water

Posted by Grand News | 8 September 2018 | 1,464 times

More than 60% residents of Plateau State lack portable water, WaterAid Nigeria has said.

Anddy Omoluabi, Director of Programmes, WaterAid Nigeria made the disclosure in Jos, at the inauguration of the project tagged “European Union (EU) Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to Implement Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme Phase III.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project being implemented by WaterAid Nigeria is aimed at building the capacity of CSOs to advocate for better governance in the water and sanitation sector in Plateau.

The director also disclosed that 29 per cent of the population in the state also lacked access to decent toilet facilities and that 54 per cent defecated in the open. This development, the organisation said had exposed them to all kinds of diseases, such as cholera, dysentery Lassa fever and host of others.

“About 61 per cent of the household in the state currently lives without clean water, 29 per cent without access to a decent toilet and 54 per cent defecate in the open,” he said.

Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy in the state, Jaafaru Wuyep, said that the state government was committed to providing potable water for its populace. The commissioner said one cardinal objective of the administration was provision of infrastructure development; hence, making potable water available in all parts of the state was imperative.

“We have been thinking outside the box, which is why we are partnering with various donor agencies to ensure that our people at both rural and urban areas have clean water,” he said. Wuyep added that as part of its commitment, the state government had recently released N550 million as counterpart funds for the EU-UNICEF water project to address shortage of water supply at rural and urban areas.


Source: Grand News

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