Nigeria water crisis is pressing with 42% of the population lacking sufficient safe water
14 March 2014
Nigeria's water crisis is pressing, with estimates stating that 42% of the country's population still lacking sufficient access to safe water, and with roughly 68% lacking improved sanitation.
A lack of legislation governing the sector, inefficient or underdeveloped infrastructure, an opaque regulatory framework, a disorganised Water Ministry and inadequate sanitation provisions are all factors that underpin the current failings of the industry.
The government has recognised the issues prevailing within the sector and aim to target them as a key way of alleviating poverty within Nigeria and to coincide with the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Rural supply schemes, sanitation projects and distribution upgrades and developments are being undertaken by government agencies, however progress is notably slow.
A number of charities operating in Nigeria are implementing WASH programmes and supply projects in order to improve water services and funding continues to be committed by financial institutions like the African Development Bank and the World Bank.
Original article by Mike King