57 Million Nigerians Lack Access To Portable Water – USAID
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
United State Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday, has disclosed that over 57 million Nigerians lack access to portable water.
USAID, Mission Director, Stephen Haykin said this in his remarks at the official launch of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Kaduna.
He added that one million Nigerian children die yearly for lack of drinkable water, saying, USAID is supporting the programme with 2.5 million US Dollars to enable Nigerians have access to portable water.
“Having a clean water and sanitation is very essential for the development of a healthy society”. He said.
Earlier, WASH project Coordinator, Timeyin Uwejamomere, said the project is expected to last for two years, ending in November 2018, adding that it will primarily target urban areas and focus the States of Bauchi and Kaduna.
He said this was because the respective State government have demonstrated firm commitment to the water sector.
He noted that, “This is why we established a country office in the city of Kaduna, and last month a satellite office was opened in Bauchi.
“The programme will strengthen institutions as well as research and knowledge management to support urban water, sanitation and hygiene.”