Federal Government, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID yesterday in Abuja, reiterated commitment to continue to support all efforts in capacity building that will enhance the operations of state water agencies.
Speaking during the opening of a five day training workshop on commercialisation of urban water services for water utilities in Nigeria, Director Water Supply in the Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Rufus Chukwuma Onyeanusi, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Istifanus Musa Fuktur pledged the support of the ministry to enhance the functionality of state water utilities.
He enjoined all participants to take active part in the deliberations in order to achieve the objectives of the workshop.
In addition, the Director, Economic Growth and Environment Office, USAID, Mr. Mathew Burton said state water agencies are facing a lot of challenges in Nigeria which affects their service delivery.
According to him, state water boards should have financial autonomy.
“State water board agencies should not be dependent on state financing. Nigeria deserves better urban service delivery of water.”
Burton said, through USAID, Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa, SUWASA programme launched in 2009, the agency has been working in several countries through the application of market based principles and innovative financing approaches for African water providers to facilitate the delivery of urban water and sanitation services.
In Nigeria SUWASA has been implementing urban water sector reform initiatives aimed at promoting improved performance, commercial viability, autonomy of service providers and economic traffics.

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