JUST IN: President Muhammadu Buhari Blows Hot In Aso Rock, Declares State Of Emergency

By Post-Nigeria: November 8, 2018 15:55

JUST IN: President Muhammadu Buhari Blows Hot In Aso Rock, Declares State Of Emergency

President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Thursday, declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene, WASH, sector.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President made the declaration while inaugurating the National Action Plan for Revitalisation of Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said that the declaration has become imperative, to reduce the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country.

The situation, he noted, has caused preventable deaths.

Buhari told the gathering that he was aware that Nigeria did not meet the MDG targets for Water Supply and Sanitation, that ended in 2015.

He said: “The Sustainable Development Goals targets (6.1 & 6.2) for WASH, are even more demanding, as they require WASH services to be provided in adequate quantity and quality on premises at affordable prices.

“This cannot be achieved, if we continue with ‘a business as usual’ approach.

“It is on this premise that I fully endorse the decision taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, in April this year, to declare ‘a State of Emergency on our WASH Sector’.

“I call on all State Governments to complement this effort, by according the sector similar recognition, to enable us work together to achieve the SDG targets for WASH, by 2030.”

Buhari directed government at all levels, to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.

He described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water services, and sanitation in the country, as disturbing.

The President said henceforth, that the Federal Government’s support to State Governments, would be based on their commitment to implement the National WASH Action Plan in their respective States, and to end open defecation, by 2025.

He said: “Access to piped water services which was 32 percent in 1990, has declined to 7 percent in 2015; access to improved sanitation has also decreased from 38 percent in 1990, to 29 percent in 2015.

“Our country now ranks No 2 in the global rating on open defecation, as about 25 percent of our population are practising open defecation.

“WASH services at the rural areas are unsustainable, as 46 percent of all water schemes are non-functional, and the share of our spending on WASH sector has been declining from 0.70 percent of the GDP in 1990, to about 0.27 percent in 2015, which is far below the 0.70 percent at the West African regional level.”

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