World Water Day: Nigeria Committed To Ensuring Water Availability, Sustainable Management

By Lontong Ibrahim

Nigeria has expressed its commitment towards achieving the goal six (6) target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water.

The cipountry’s minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu noted that goal six on water ensures availability and sustainable management of
water and sanitation for all.

The minister said that access to water and sanitation wss often taken for granted in developing countries like Nigeria because most often, people see water as a free commodity; saying, “We waste water, we do not treat it and we do not preserve it.”

He noted that World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources globally.

Adamu further stressed that the Ministry on its part was doing everything possible to attaining the goal six target on water by adopting a national approach to most of its activities and programmes.

According to him, the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply and Hygiene (PEWASH) recently launched by the Vice President and the National
Water Resources Bill awaiting approval would address all issues militating against the attainment of Goal 6 of the SDGs on water.

While making his remarks, the Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA),Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, pointed out that Nigeria needs
Water literacy.

He said, “In Nigeria, we waste water a lot, so there is
the need to educate Nigerians on the importance of preserving water for future uses and we in NTA will partner with your ministry to educate Nigerians.”

The theme for this year’s celebration, “waste water,” highlights the symbiosis between water and waste water in a quest for attaining goal six of the sustainable development goals.

It would also help to get latest updates on how waste water is perceived as a valuable resource
in the development of the economy through public enlightenment.

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