Jan 16, 2013
Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH), a media network, concerned with sanitation and water, has said that 63.6 million Nigerians have no access to potable water. Dennis Deteer, Chairman of its Plateau chapter, disclosed this in Jos on Friday when the body paid an advocacy visit to Plateau State Community and Social Development Agency.
He said that Nigeria’s MDG target was to supply 74 per cent of the population with safe drinking water and 69 per cent of the population with adequate sanitation by 2015. The WASH official lamented that only 58 per cent of Nigerians had access to safe drinking water, with only 32 per cent population having access to good sanitation.
“At current rate of progress, the water target will be achieved in 2033, which is 18 years after the proposed 2015,” Deteer explained. According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that 361,900 people die yearly due to poor water and sanitation in Nigeria.
“UNICEF also estimates that 194,000 children under the age of 5, die from diarrhoea caused by poor water and sanitation yearly,’’ he added.