UNICEF: 69 Million Nigerians Lack Access to Safe Water

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that 69 million Nigerians do not access to safe water and 19 million have to walk long distances to get water.

Chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, UNICEF Nigeria, Zaid Jurji, in collaboration with‎ the recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics in 2016/17, also indicated that about 40 percent of households do not have access to clean water sources.

He revealed this in Jos, the Plateau State capital during a two-day media dialogue, Jurji said that improving water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices in Nigeria calls for a strong commitment from all partners e.g. the government, the civil society, the private sector and communities.

He said that if Nigeria is to achieve the global goal of providing access to safe water for every citizen by 2030, it needs to make water, together with sanitation and hygiene, a national priority.

This goal is closely linked with three key results for the country, good health, environment sustainability and economic prosperity.

However, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Federal, State and the Local governments, has provided safe water during the past five years to over eight million Nigerians living in the rural side of the country.

“Improving water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices in Nigeria, calls for a strong commitment from all partners – the government, the civil society, the private sector and communities”, said Zaid Jurji, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF Nigeria on International World Water Day. “For Nigeria to achieve the global goal of providing access to safe water for every citizen by 2030, it needs to make water, together with sanitation and hygiene, a national priority. This goal is closely linked with three key results for the country – good health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.”

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