The Honorable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu FNSE, FAEng has urged all Nigerians and International Development partners to give focused attention and consideration to the possibility of establishing a program in Nigeria to support the actualization of the goal of the National Action Plan to end open defecation by 2025 and bring water, sanitation and hygiene to all Nigerians by 2030.

Engr. Adamu gave this task today, 27th August 2019 at the closed meeting on the National Action Plan for the revitalization of the Wash Sector in Nigeria at the 2019 World Water Week taking place in Stockholm, Sweden.

In his opening statement which has the theme:  Open for Business – Building Partnerships for the Revitalization of the Nigeria WASH Sector, the Minister noted that the journey to revitalize the WASH sector in Nigeria began in 2017, after the receipt of the worrisome World Bank WASH Poverty Diagnostic Report on the state water supply system and the increasing number of people without access to sustainable sanitation, including those defecating in the open.

To address the problem of low access to water and poor sanitation in Nigeria, Engr. Adamu stated that “President Muhammadu Buhari, demonstrated high political commitment on November 8, 2018 with the launch of the National Action Plan for the Revitalization of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Sector and declared a “State of Emergency for the WASH Sector”. Federal Government he continued “has made the conscious decision to open up opportunities in the Nigerian WASH sector to the international development community, to support our efforts through establishment of new partnerships in development cooperation and investments for the development of requisite skills, competences, technologies and financial systems”.

In conclusion, the Hon. Minister told his audience that: “Our goal is to listen to you and learn from you on what we need do as a Government to strengthen our existing partnerships and collaboration as well as build new international development cooperation and private sector relationships to enable us to achieve the SDG 6 in Nigeria”.

The high point of the occasion was the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Federal Governments of Nigeria and Chief Executive of Water Aid.

The Federal Governments delegation to the 2019 World Water Week includes the Hon. Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman .H Adamu FNSE, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Ekaro Comfort. C (Mrs.), some Directors in the Ministry, some Managing Directors of River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) and Wash Ambassador, Engr. Ebele Okeke.

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