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Potable water: FG develops 6,761 water schemes — Minister



29% of Nigerians lack access to clean water – WaterAid

A total of 6,761 water schemes providing potable water to Nigerians have been developed by the Mohammadu Buhari since it came to power, our correspondent reports.

Announcing this on Sunday while featuring as a guest on NAN forum in Abuja, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources said the schemes were developed across urban, small town and rural areas.

Adamu asserted that the government has made considerable progress in providing access to potable water in Nigeria.

The minister said the water schemes have been producing a total of 794,334,000 litres daily and serving 32,008,600 Nigerians.

Adamu also spoke on efforts made by the Federal Government to boast agriculture and food security of the nation.

Towards this end, the minister disclosed that 10 irrigation schemes were completed in the country, increasing the actual irrigated area from 70,000 hectares in 2015 to 138,000 hectares presently.

“To support the country’s energy sufficiency, 12 dams were completed with combined water impoundment capacity of 795.1 MCM and hydropower generation of 110 MW.

“Efforts have also been put in place to utilize hydropower potential of 3,466 MW under PPP arrangement,” he said.

While speaking about achievements in sanitation sector, Adamu announced that 3,402 facilities were constructed in institutions and public places.

He listed the locations of these facilities to include markets, schools, motor parks, and camps for internally displaced persons.

“Also, a national survey conducted under the 2021 WASHNORM III reported a national access to basic drinking water supply services at 67 per cent and access to basic sanitation services stood at 46 per cent,” Adamu added.

He said that programmes and projects developed under water resources sector were in line with the nine priority areas of the Mohammadu Buhari administration.

Razak Owolabi

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