FG IMPLEMENTS NATIONAL ACTION PLAN TO REVITALIZE WASH SECTOR IN NIGERIA
As part of efforts and activities to implement the National Action Plan for the revitalization of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Water Resources organised a two – day workshop from 25th to 26th March, 2019 in Abuja to resolve the crisis in the Water Supply System and end Open Defecation in Nigeria.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu FNSE while declaring the workshop open said the need for the workshop is to erect platforms for the implementation of the action as a follow up to the resolution at the 25th meeting of the National Council of Water Resources, where States were urged to adopt and commit to implementing the National Action Plan.
The Minister recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on 8th of November, 2018 demonstrated the highest political commitment in the sector to launch the National Action Plan for the Revitalization of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and also declared a State of Emergency on the WASH sector to address the problems of low access levels to water, sanitation and hygiene services and the consequent high prevalence of water borne diseases in the country
“The Federal Government is resolved and committed to vigorously pursue the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and ensure that we “leave no one behind”, he said.
Engr. Adamu urged all participants to give focused attention, contribution and support to the development of the implementation plan of the National Action Plan.
In his goodwill message, the Representative of World Bank, Mr. Richie Benesal expressed satisfaction with the Federal Government in her commitment to revitalize the WASH sector that will make water accessible to Nigerians. He added that World Bank has begun financing preparation to transform the sector.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ekaro Comfort .C said the presence of various stakeholders at the workshop “is an indication of the collective resolve to find lasting solution to the current pipe borne water crisis in the country.”
The high point of the workshop was the launching of the National Village Level Operation and Maintenance (VLOM) of Rural Water Supply Facilities as part of the sustainability efforts on access to adequate and equitable supply of safe drinking water in the rural areas.
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27th March, 2019.