NIGERIA: $60 million drinking water and sanitation programme launched by USAID
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently launched the Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (E-Wash) in Nigeria.
The water and sanitation project will impact four states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In Nigeria, 57 million people lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, according to the United Nations (UN).
It has therefore launched a project called the Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme (E-Wash).
Over the next four years, the programme will help to strengthen the governance, financial and technical sustainability of the entities responsible for water and sanitation management in each state concerned.
According to the organisation, in the various countries, more than 3.1 million people have benefited from sustainable access to safe drinking water, and more than 3 million have benefited from improved access to sanitation facilities.
These results concern in particular more than 500,000 women and girls, often poorly taken into account in their specific needs.
“By strengthening the capacity of these water boards to make concrete investment decisions, improving the efficiency of billing and collection and addressing their customers’ concerns, more people and businesses will ultimately have access to water and sanitation services,” said Benson Ajisegiri, Director of Water Supply at the Ministry of Water Resources.
USAID will invest more than 60 million dollars in the project.
Jean Marie Takouleu