FG to secure $75m World Bank loan for water supply to communities

$75 water supply loan
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Government has commenced dialogue with the World Bank to secure a $75 million loan to provide water in communities across the country.

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this, during an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the government planned to commence a pilot programme of the water supply in six cities in the country. He, however, did not name the cities to benefit.

“We’re trying to get the states to invest in water as part of our plan to implement the water resources master plan.’’

The development has resulted in poor hygiene in most of the rural communities where the majority of Nigerian citizens reside.

The minister said that the government was also seeking funds to tackle the perennial flooding along River Niger and River Benue.

He defended the penchant of the government to build dams in the northern areas of the country, arguing that Southern Nigeria does not need dams because the area has enough rainfall all year round.

Citing Oji River in Enugu State, Adamu spoke of a well that was built in the town in 1913, saying that the well is still spilling water and constituting hazards to residents.

The minister pointed out that the provision of potable water was entirely the responsibility of state governments and local government councils, noting that the Federal government is intervening to provide water for the populace.

He stressed the need for the public, especially media practitioners, to support the Water Resources Bill being pushed by the federal government.

“The Water Resources Bill must be passed for the nation to move forward in the water resources sector,” Adamu stated.

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