AfDB makes USD 100m loan for better water and sanitation in Nigeria

17 February 2012

AfDB | February 16, 2012

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of USD 100 million to improve water and sanitation in the city of Zaria in northern Nigeria through the African Development Fund, its concessional or ‘soft loan’ arm.

The project will include the rehabilitation, expansion and construction of water and sanitation facilities in the city.  Some 1.4 million people will gain improved access to clean water and sanitation.  In addition, the project will provide extra benefits for women and girls.

The Zaria water supply expansion and sanitation project will help solve persistent water shortages and inadequate sanitation caused by a fast-growing population and poor infrastructure.

So far only 260,000 people have access to water and safe sanitation and only 150,000 have sanitation.  Those figures are forecast to rise to almost 1 million and 450,000 respectively.


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