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Revealed: More Nigerians had access to potable water in 1990 than 2017

File photo of children fetching water from the borehole constructed by UNICEF and EU in Ikot Nkpenne community, Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, [Photo Credit: Nike Adebowale]

In percentage terms, more Nigerians had access to potable water in 1990 than in 2017, an official has said.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said on Thursday that Nigerians who had access to pipe-borne water dropped from 32 per cent in 1990 to less than 7 per cent this year.

The minister said this is what has led to the prevalence of water-borne diseases and upsurge in open defaecation in the country.

Mr. Adamu, who said Nigeria is lagging behind in terms of adequate water supply said the situation led to a corresponding increase of about 25 per cent in open defecation in 2017.

The minister stated this while presenting a memo to members of the National Economic Council, NEC, comprising the governors and some ministers.

The NEC is chaired by Mr. Osinbajo, who also chaired the 83rd meeting of the council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Adamu informed the council that urgent steps need to be taken in the water sector if the country is to overcome the challenges of water supply, sanitation and water governance issues, as well as achieve the 2030 target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water supply and sanitation.

He told the council that an estimated investment of N1.9 trillion is needed in the next 15 years to meet the SDGs by 2030.

Nigeria is ranked third among the countries of the world where people still practise open defecation, according to UNICEF.

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