The Nigerian government on Tuesday launched a project to ensure access to adequate water supply and sanitation in the country.

The launch of the project, tagged “Kamomi Aketi Accelerated Water Scheme” took place at Ogbese of Ondo state, southwest Nigeria.

Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu said the consequences of lack of access to water and sanitation included economic losses, high prevalence of water related diseases, reduced school enrollment and attendance, loss of dignity, increased risks of insecurity and violence against women and children.

Adamu said such consequences should be avoided.

“Water is life and has no substitute. However, our country today still has significant challenges of access to adequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene,” the minister added.

A recent survey indicated that about 67.9 percent of Nigeria’s population has access to improved water supply from all sources while only 41.5 percent have access to basic sanitation facilities, Adamu said.

“Furthermore, about 25 percent of our population practice open defecation and this makes our country rank number two among all nations still practicing open defecation in the world,” he said.

The minister told his audience that resources would be mobilized from the government, beginning with 2019 budget and from the development partners, in support of the program.

Earlier, Yetunde Adeyanju, chairman of Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, said the scheme would optimally utilize underground water unlike the stand-alone motorized and hand-pump boreholes that would serve a lesser population.

Adeyanju said the scheme was to improve, sustain and expand safe water supply to over 3,000 communities in the state. Enditem


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