The Water Sanitation and Hygiene Development Group in Nigeria has pledged $700m to fund water and sanitation programmes in the country.
The Chief of WASH, UNICEF Nigeria, Mr Zaid Jurji, said this on behalf of other organisations at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja.
According to him, the funds will be used to support Federal Government’s Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programme, which has 2030 as its deadline.
“For the Years 2016 to 2030, there is an accumulated figure of $0.7bn to support the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector.
“The goal is a big target, the government is committed, we have all the guidelines to make this a reality; we need the commitment of all stakeholders.”
Jurji said that the Federal Government had shown commitment to meeting this goal of increasing access to water and sanitation, saying with strengthened collaboration, this target would be met.
He said that coalition of partners working on scaling up access to water and sanitation had the required tools and guidelines to make it a reality, and called for commitment from all stakeholders to meet this goal.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, expressed the hope that Nigeria would meet the Sustainable Development Goals six on water and sanitation with the inauguration of the PEWASH programme.
Adamu said that since inception in 2016, 12 states had shown interest to come on board.
He said that from interactions with the Governors’ Forum and the National Council on Water Resources, more states were expected to collaborate with the Federal Government.
He said that Federal Government was hopeful to meet the SDGs, assuring that with commitment and deliberate programme implementation, the failures of the past would not be repeated.
The minister expressed hope that subsequent administrations would not relent on achievements recorded.
Adamu maintained that with deliberate multi-sectoral collaboration, this partnership would be better strengthened.
He said that budgetary allocations from all tiers of government could not meet the SDG target of scaling up access to water and sanitation, thereby calling for private sector funding to achieving set goals.
He, therefore, lauded activities of the National Task Group on Sanitation for its involvement in putting PEWASH programme at its centre.
He said this would further show government’s commitment to improving the lives of the citizens.
He said that PEWASH objective and targets within the SDG six was to prioritise the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply, improved sanitation by 2030, and elimination of open defecation by 2025.
The approach is based on a process which supports a single programme under government leadership and adoption common approaches across the partners for effective coordination and implementation.
The WASH Development Group include UNICEF, AfDB, Islamic Development Bank, USAID, EU, JICA, World Bank etc.