Federal Government declares state of emergency in water sector

The Federal Government has declared state of emergency in the water sector in a bid to revitalize the deplorable situation of the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene –WASH Sector.

The memorandum for National WASH Action Plan was approved during the last the Federal Executive Council meeting and he Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu had told the council that the WASH sector is currently in crisis situation and requires urgent action for its revitalization.

The Minister explained that the action plan would set out a 13-year revitalization strategy for WASH sector including 18 months emergency phase and five years recovery plan adding that it would provide for concrete actions to be taken by both Federal and State Governments under five components comprising governance, sustainability, funding, financing and monitoring and evaluation.

According to a statement signed by the Director Press in the ministry, Kenechukwu Offie, the minister explained that the Action Plan includes the establishment of a National WASH Fund as a tool for the promotion of renewed Federal-State partnership and increased financial investment for WASH so as to measure up to regional level of funding.

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