- September 29, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: National News
The Federal Government has declared that state governments were beginning to neglect the provision of adequate water supply and sanitation, particularly in urban areas.
It also stated that the neglect had further worsened water supply situation across the country, as access to potable water had dropped from 32 per cent in 1990 to seven per cent in 2015, going by the latest water, sanitation and hygiene diagnostic report that was unveiled in Abuja by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the National Retreat on Revitalising Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the retreat was one of the outcomes of the recent National Council on Water Resources, where stakeholders highlighted the challenges confronting the sector.
Adamu stated that the constitution allowed the issue of water supply and sanitation services to be handled by the three tiers of government, adding that pursuant to this, the Federal Executive Council and the National Economic Council approved the National Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in 2000.
He said there was a need for serious review of the policy with a view to fashioning out a better model that would enhance more collaborative efforts.