The Federal Government yesterday said it would spend N505.6 billion to complete ongoing 116 water projects across the country. The government also said outstanding liabilities owed contractors handling some of the projects stood at N88.8billion as at last year.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who spoke in Abuja during the public presentation of the roadmap for the water sector tagged: Immediate and long term strategies for water sector, 2016 – 2030, promised that the focus was to reform the water sector to meet the demands of Nigerians. Adamu, an engineer, explained that as at last year, national access to water supply in the country was 69 per cent, adding that 31 per cent or 52.7 million Nigerians still had no access to potable water.
The minister lamented that Nigeria’s sanitation condition had continued to decline since 1990. He said: “It is imperative to change the trend to achieve 100 per cent access to water supply for our citizens by the year 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)target year), when the population is estimated to grow to about 257 million. Presently, 31per cent (52.7 million) of Nigerians, mostly in the rural areas, are still without access to portable water supply.” Read more