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WaterAid Nigeria advocates for improved water access for 160m Nigerians

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WaterAid Nigeria has debut the Vote4WASH initiative to advocate for improved access to water, sanitation hygiene for at least 160 million Nigerians living in rural and urban areas.

In a briefing note made available to the media yesterday, WaterAid Nigeria noted Nearly 60 million Nigerians do not have access to clean water, over 120 million Nigerians do not have access to a decent toilet, 46 million practice open defecation and 160 million do not have access to facilities for hand washing with soap and water.

It said that access to water, sanitation and hygiene, WASH, are crucial for good outcomes in health, nutrition, education and livelihoods as recognised as human rights by the United Nations General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council.

The organisation noted that the problems associated with inadequate WASH services have an impact on virtually all aspects of human development, disproportionately affecting the life chances of women and girls.

The organisation said called on all government office holders to support increase in investment to ensure universal access to safe water and improved sanitation in rural and urban communities in line with the targets of the National Open Defecation Free, ODF Roadmap, the REWASH Programme and the declaration of State of Emergency in Nigeria’s WASH sector and make provision of water and sanitation a major component of any poverty alleviation or social welfare programme in the country.

It further urged gubernatorial aspirants when they win to support increased investment to ensure all public institutions like schools, hospitals, markets and parks have inclusive and safe water and sanitation services, adding that they should tackle issues of accountability and transparency in WASH sector.

The organisation noted that WASH is related to poverty , adding that the costs of a lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the benefits of improved access is more the poorest.

In Nigeria poor sanitation is estimated to cost $3.38 billion a year, adding that only 30% of the poorest people in the country have clean water compared to the 89% of the richest people who have access to clean water, WaterAid noted.

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