“OUR INVESTMENTS NOT PROPORTIONATE WITH OUR POPULATION”–ADAMU
The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman Adamu FNSE, FAEng in his effort towards highlighting the importance of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Nigeria has disclosed that our investments in National development need to be sufficient to serve the needs of the vast population of the Nation.
The Minister said this recently in his office while in a meeting with the representatives of Coca Cola Nigeria led by the leadership of OPSWASH who had come on a friendly visit and to strap up a possible collaboration with the Ministry in its quest to keeping Nigeria clean and ending Open Defecation by 2025.
In his welcome address, Engr. Adamu stated that the Ministry takes pleasure in every partnership that it could develop with the Private sector driven economy. “We need the partnership, we won’t be working in isolation if we want to meet up fast with the SDG Goal 6 Target of accessible clean water for all by 2030 and to end Open Defecation in Nigeria by 2025” he opined.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government has brought up the project to partner with the private sector to create employment in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to bring out one hundred million people out of poverty in ten years. He noted that seventy percent of jobs in the world are related to water issues.
Engr. Adamu further stressed that Water issues are of utmost importance to the Nation and should be devoid of mere lip service. He enjoined all the stakeholders to scale up in order to “take Nigeria to the next level”
In his presentation the Public affairs and Communication Department Director of Coca Cola Nigeria Mr. Clems Ugorji stated that Coca Cola has a ten years development project plan in the WASH sector in partnership with USAID in Kano, Abia and Cross River states, which he disclosed has yielded positively in those areas. He expressed the readiness of Coca cola to work with Federal Government in order to achieve the WASH targets.
Earlier in his speech, the spokesman of OPSWASH, Dr. Nicholas Igwe expressed his appreciation of the Minister’s resolve to work with the private sector, noting that the private sector is the engine room of the economy.
Unicef chief of WASH Mr. Zaid Jurji, expressed his keenness to provide data that will help in the provision of clean water and to end Open Defecation in the country.
The Permanent Secretary Mrs Comfort Ekaro thanked OPSWASH on its efforts in trying to bring together the Private sector for the common good of the Nation. She pledges the Ministry’s enthusiasm to provide every support required, in order to fast track the anticipated success.
Kenechukwu Offie (Mrs)