The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, yesterday said 52.7million Nigerians have no access to potable water.
He spoke while unveiling the Water Roadmap of the ministry tagged: ‘Immediate and long term strategies for the water sector 2016-2030.’
He said the roadmap was specifically designed to address the situation and enhance 100 percent access to potable water by the year 2030, when the country’s population is expected to reach 257million.
He highlighted some of the policy documents of the roadmap to include; establishment of a policy and regulatory framework for the water sector, development of and implementation of a National Water Supply and Sanitation Programme to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), development of a blueprint to strengthen the River Basin Development Authorities as enablers for food security and socio-economic development among others.
The minister urged relevant stakeholders in the sector to assist in actualizing the roadmap.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Rabi S. Jimeta had said the ministry had articulated the detailed implementation plan, the execution of which she said was fully on course.
In his remarks, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the agriculture sector heavily relies on water for its sustainability, adding that if the road map was fully executed, it would boost the nation’s food sufficiency and create jobs.