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Nigeria: Water Resources Ministry commits to revitalization of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Sector
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By Biodun Folarin
February 13, 2018 13:42:01pm GMT      |      Views: 279
Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has assured that his Ministry was resolve and commitment to the development, realization and implementation of the Action Plan for the Revitalization of Nigeria's Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.

The Minister gave the assurance in Abuja on Tuesday at the Department of Water Supply, 2nd National Retreat on Revitalization of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sub-sector.

The draft action plan for revitalizing the WASH sector of Nigeria was developed in Accra, Ghana by a team of experts code named WASH TASK FORCE with the support of the World Bank.

The Minister stated that the retreat was organised to discuss and finalize the resultant action plan developed which has undergone series of reviews and consultations.

According to him, "The Objectives of the Action Plan include; clarification of roles of stakeholders; capacity building; establishment of National WASH Fund; institutionalizing sanitation as counterpart to water supply; regulation of informal players; strategies for improving access, spending efficiency, gender mainstreaming and social inclusion; data collection and improved communication strategy amongst others."

He further said that the draft action plan is in four major components which are: Governance; Sustainability issues; Sanitation and Funding/ Financing Issues.

While noting that the outcome of the deliberations was expected to be the final Action Plan for the revitalization of the WASH sector, he called on the participants to give necessary attention to the gathering and to use the outcome of the retreat to mark the beginning of sustainable WASH sector services in Nigeria

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Musa Ibrahim noted that the retreat was a follow-up to that of 2017, adding that the presence of the participants shows their collective resolve to find lasting solutions to the current crises of pipe borne water in Nigeria.

Ibrahim who was represented by Director of Water Supply, Engr. Ajisegiri Benson, said that the retreat will help to change the current challenges faced in the sector for Nigeria to move towards attaining the target of sustainable development goals for water and sanitation in by 2030.

While stating that the task was onerous and requires reflections and contributions to have a robust line of action that will be acceptable and implementable, he commended the team that have worked to prepare the action plan and expressed believe that the document will be finalized and implemented by all stakeholders.

On his part, the Commissioner for Water Resources and Development, Delta State, Fidelis Tilije commended the minister for the efforts he had put to bear to carry the stakeholders in the water sector along.

Also speaking, the Development partner from the World Bank, Mr. Luis Andres expressed belief that the initiative would transform the water sector in Nigeria.

The 1st National Retreat on Revitalizing the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector concluded with strong recommendations that are necessary to be implemented to turn around the WASH sector of Nigeria.

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