FG partners UNESCO to tackle floods, improve water, sanitation delivery

The Federal Government has announced a strategic partnership with UNESCO to tackle pressing issues related to flooding and enhance Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services nationwide.

Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, said this in a statement following a meeting with UNESCO Representative to Nigeria, Mr Abdourahammanne Diallo, and members of UNESCO entities in Abuja.

Utsev reiterated the government’s steadfast commitment to addressing flooding challenges and improving WASH services, emphasising their adverse impacts on both the populace and the economy.

He outlined UNESCO’s pivotal role in various aspects of water management, including water supply, quality, irrigation, and hydrology, while appealing for assistance in strengthening flood management efforts.

The minister underscored the urgency of intensified collaboration between his ministry and UNESCO to advance groundwater management initiatives.

Additionally, he shed light on the ongoing Clean Nigeria Campaign, a national initiative aimed at eradicating open defecation by 2025.

Utsev expressed the ministry’s dedication to closely collaborating with UNESCO to promote the campaign, construct additional sanitation facilities, and raise public awareness.

With World Water Day approaching on March 22, the minister stressed the importance of water conservation and urged increased cooperation between the two entities.

In response, Diallo echoed these sentiments, recognising the pivotal role of WASH services in safeguarding the nation’s well-being.

He assured continued support from UNESCO to assist the ministry in fulfilling its mandate, aligned with the national agenda, while commending Nigeria’s progress within UNESCO’s intergovernmental programmes.

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