Nigeria needs $8 billion annually to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) by 2030, the Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF, Zaid Jurgi, has said.
Jurji noted that currently, over 60 million Nigerians still lacking access to potable water.
In Nigeria, half of its over 170 million citizen’s lack access to potable water. While many of the residents of the urban areas provide water for themselves by either constructing boreholes or buying water from those who construct, millions who live in the villages still get their water from streams and rivers.
This, he said, has necessitated the call for more investment to ensure access to safely managed water.
SDG goal 6 aims at ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Jurji spoke yesterday at a media dialogue on water supply and sanitation sector reform project, organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Child Right Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
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