Buhari declares states of emergency on water supply, sanitation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday announced a highly sensitive situation on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President made the assertion while introducing the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari said the assertion has become imperative to reduce the high-pervasiveness of water-borne in different parts of the nation.
Buhari told the gathering that he knew that Nigeria did not meet the MDG target for Water Supply and Sanitation that ended in 2015. He stated, “The Sustainable Development Goals targets (6.1 and 6.2) for WASH are much more demanding as they require WASH services to be given in adequate quantity and quality on premises at reasonable prices. “This can’t be achieved if we proceed with ‘a business as usual’ approach. “It is on this promise I completely embrace the decision taken at the gathering of the Federal Executive Council in April this year to declare ‘a State of Emergency on our WASH Sector’. “I call all state governments to complement this effort by according the sector similar recognition to empower us cooperates to accomplish the SDG targets for WASH by 2030.” Buhari directed government at all levels to redouble effort and work towards meeting the country’s water supply and sanitation needs. He described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water services and sanitation in the nation as disturbing.

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