By Patience Ivie Ihejirika, Abuja
As part of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on Water and Sanitation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) partners have pledged to support the Nigerian Water and Sanitation programme with about $700billion.
The Chief WASH, UNICEF Nigeria, Zaid Jurji, stated this yesterday, at the interactive meeting with the Ministry of Water Resources and other stakeholders at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
According to him, though the SDG 6 (water and sanitation) is a big challenge, it is achievable since the government is committed, while calling for the commitment of all stakeholders and partners.
“We have all the tools and the guidelines that are required to make this a reality. We need the commitment at all level; we need the support of all the partners involved together to achieve this very challenging goal,) he stated.
Recall that the federal government, through the Ministry of Water Resources, had initiated the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programme.
In his welcome address, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ibrahim Musa, said PEWASH was part of the ministry’s efforts geared towards achieving the SDG, targets 6.1 and 6.2, specifically for water and sanitation for rural areas by 2030.
He said the programme as aimed at coordinating and complementing planned and ongoing projects and programmes by all stakeholders in the rural WASH sub-sector in the country.
According to him, the programme is to be implement in three phases, starting from the preparatory phase which is expected to take effect from 2016-2018, the expansion phase which will be from 2019-2025 and consolidated phase from 2026-2030.