Country Representative of the WaterAid Nigeria Programme, Dr. Michael Ojo, has described sanitation, water and hygiene as fundamental to dealing with issues of poverty and underdevelopment in Nigeria. Ojo, who disclosed this in a chat with The Guardian at the weekend, said the burden of lack of access to improved sanitation and safe drinking water is borne mostly by the poorest people.
Nigeria’s MDG targets for access to safe water and improved sanitation are 75 percent and 65 percent respectively by 2015. But Ojo insists that, at the current rates of progress, the country could miss the Water Millennium Development Goal target, to reduce by half the proportion of people lacking access by 18 years (2033). He observed that Nigeria “is actually going backwards as to the proportion of people with access to sanitation.”
Read the full story in The Guardian Nigeria 17th November 2012