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67% of Nigerians Lack Water Access — NIWE

The Nigerian Institute of Water Engineers (NIWE) has revealed that approximately 179 million Nigerians lack access to safely managed drinking water services.

During a recent press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, as part of World Water Day activities, NIWE’s National Chairman, Engr. (Dr.) Adeyinka Sobowale, shared that around 67 percent of Nigeria’s population doesn’t have access to basic water supply.

67% of Nigerians Lack Water Access — NIWE

Mr. Sobowale expressed concern that a significant portion of the country’s population relies on drinking water sources contaminated by harmful bacteria. He also highlighted that about 79 percent of waterworks in Nigeria are non-functional, partially functional, or completely inactive.

Furthermore, NIWE’s research on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services in Nigeria indicates a significant gap in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 targets.

Mr. Sobowale urged state governments to grant full autonomy to state water supply agencies to attract investment to the sector. He emphasized the importance of legislation to prevent unnecessary interference in their operations.

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He also stressed the necessity of developing Water Resources/Water Supply Master Plans for each of the 36 states, along with clear action plans for implementation.

Additionally, Mr. Sobowale recommended the establishment of water regulatory agencies in all states to oversee service providers and the development of groundwater regulatory frameworks nationwide.

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