FG constructed 9,198 sanitation facilities in 127 LGAs – Minister

The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation under the sanitation sub-sector, the Ministry has constructed 9,198 sanitation facilities in 127 Local Government Areas to serve 550,820 people in public places and institutions such as markets, motor parks, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, schools.

This is even as 117 Local Government Areas across the country are Open Defecation Free (ODF) while Jigawa State has attained the State-wide ODF in Nigeria.

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Terlumun Utsev, speaking at the 30th regular meeting of the National Council on Water Resources and Sanitation holding at the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja said under the WASHNORM, access to basic drinking water stands at 67% while access to basic sanitation services stands at 46%.

“I am delighted to inform you that the Ministry has made tremendous progress in the Brown and Green Field Hydropower Development through PPPs. We have conclusively concessional some projects while still developing others through various PPP models.

“The Ministry in its bid to generally improve Sanitation in the country has carried out routine quarterly monitoring of major rivers and open water bodies in all the eight (8) Hydrological Areas (HA) in Nigeria and produced the Fourth Edition Report on Rivers and Open Water Bodies Monitoring for the country.

Declaring the event open the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr Udo Samuel the Meeting in the past three days deliberated on a wide range of issues that speak to the Theme of the meeting; People, Planet and prosperity: Promoting Water Governance for National Food Security.