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Ondo, Ekiti, others benefit FG’s water programme

Ondo and Ekiti states have benefitted from the 1,971 water supply facilities constructed across 19 states of the federation.

Other beneficiary states are; Osun, Kano and Ogun, Imo, Katsina, Jigawa, Plateau, Zamfara, Sokoto, Delta, Bauchi, and Kaduna, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Oyo and Cross River.

The Director, Water Supply, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Danjuma Madaki who disclosed this on Thursday said the programme is in collaboration with Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH).

He said from the water projects, a total of 19,694,380 litres was produced daily, serving a population of 3,729,000 people in the benefitting communities.

The director said the implementation by the Federal Government and participating states since inception could be felt with more people having access to safe water.

Danjuma said that the water supply sub-sector had witnessed a positive turnaround since the Ministry was created in 1976, under the current administration.

He said efforts and initiatives had seen an increase in population with access to safely managed drinking water services from 3.7 per cent in 2016 to 13 percent in 2021.

“This implies that additional 21 million Nigerians drink water from an improved source that is accessible on premises, available when needed and free from faecal and priority chemical contamination.”

On the ministry’s response to COVID-19 Pandemic, Madaki said 1,500 community personnel were trained on the Operation and Maintenance of Solar Powered Borehole Systems.

He said the ministry provided support to State Water Agencies to improve operations and also provided 370 Contactless Hand washing Facilities with soap and bottles of sanitiser.

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