Working with UKAid and other partners and with fund provided by European Union (EU), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria says it has provided safe water for nearly two million people in rural areas of Nigeria.
A press release on the 2014 World Water Day stated that UNICEF and its partners swung into action after a report indicated that about 70 million Nigerians lacked safe water.
UNICEF in a release sent by communication Officer (Media and External Relations) of UNICEF Nigeria ‘D’ Office, Samuel Kaalu said: “According to the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey published in 2013 by the National Bureau of Statistics, nearly 70 million Nigerians did not have access to safe water in 2011, making Nigeria the third ranked country globally in terms of the number of people without access to safe water. They are also often the ones without access to electricity.
“However, with funding provided by EU and UKAid, UNICEF and partners gave access to safe water to over 1.9 million people in rural areas.”
UNICEF added that its ‘WASH in Schools’ programme has brought safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to thousands of school children in Nigeria, and that as part of the FGN-UNICEF WASH program, UNICEF is strengthening capacities on appropriate choice of technology for water supply.
“By promoting Village Level Operation and Maintenance (VLOM) and community-based water safety planning, UNICEF is bringing safe water to families living in some of the most under-served areas in over 20 states.”