WaterAid Nigeria launches new 5yr country programme

WaterAid Nigeria has launched its 2016-2021 country programme strategy, laying the foundation for the 15-year path to achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone everywhere in Nigeria by 2030.

Over the next five years, the organisation will focus on increasing citizens’ access to quality, equitable and sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services built on a strong sector and engaged communities.

Speaking on the new strategy, WaterAid Nigeria Country Director, Dr. Michael Ojo said “Our new strategy is an ambitious and challenging one, but we look forward to an exciting journey that will impact positively on child health, education, livelihoods, the environment and addressing poverty and inequalities.

“Our strategic objectives target strengthening systems to reduce WASH sector blockages, empowering citizens to demand their rights and participate in WASH decision-making and strengthening partnerships to influence the WASH sector and increase access to sustainable WASH services. We will continue to work with the government, colleagues in the development sector and through our partners, to ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all in Nigeria by 2030,” he said.

WaterAid International’s Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, who is on a working visit to the country, added that “WaterAid Nigeria’s 2016-2021 Strategy is a monumental and impressive roadmap to changing the course of history and reaching those who are poorest and most vulnerable in Nigeria with safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

“These life-saving and essential services are fundamental to both human and national development and delivering on them will transform the lives of millions of Nigerians. Achieving universal access for all in Nigeria is possible with the right political commitment, funding, collaborations and innovative thinking.”