SDGs 2030: FG stresses commitment to 100% access to water supply, sanitation

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Pix: Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, has stressed the commitment of Federal Government to realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 6) towards achieving 100% access to Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Nigeria by 2030.

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Engr Adamu who stated this in a chat with the press recently in his office in Abuja, said that sequel to the already declared State of Emergency, President Muhammadu Buhari has wholeheartedly accepted to formally launch a new WASH Action Plan to give new boost on the WASH Sector and meet the target for Open Defecation Free (ODF) status by 2025, five years before the time set by the SDGs. The boost, he said, is necessary because all the instruments in place now are not working effectively.

“One of the key things we want to do in this WASH Action Plan is, first, to get some cities and model cities to see if we can leverage international funding to provide complete coverage of water supply, 100% for these locations,” he said.

He advocated for a WASH Fund to address issues of Open Defecation and Sanitation and behavioral change in people, to make them understand the importance of using the toilet.

Speaking further, he said that great successes have been recorded in Open Defecation Free campaign, as over 18,000 communities have attained Open Defecation Free status in the country, even as quantum leap is needed to attain complete Open Defecation Free status by 2025 or 2030. This, he said, would be achieved through mobilization of individual communities, agencies, NGOs and the society for effective result.

Going forward, he called on Nigerians to make sure they wash their hands at all critical times when they come out of the toilet, before eating and at all needed times, as the country works towards achieving success.

 Pix: Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Minister, Water Resources

 

 

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