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Achieving Water and Sanitation MDG in Nigeria

COMMUNIQUE ADOPTED AT THE SOUTH WEST ZONAL WORKSHOP ON NIGERIA’S PROGRESS TOWARDS MEETING THE MDG TARGETS ON WATER AND SANITATION

ORGANIZED BY THE

 WATER AND SANITATION MONITORING PLATFORM, NIGERIA,

LAFIA HOTEL, IBADAN ON THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2008

A one day workshop to access Nigeria’s progress towards the achievement of the MDG targets on improved water and improved sanitation facilities by the year 2015, was held in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, Nigeria on November 27, 2008.

The event organized by the Water and Sanitation Monitoring Platform, a project funded by the European Union Water Facility; and it was attended by several civil society organizations including the Bread of Life Development Foundation, Civil Liberties Organisation, Nigerian Union of Teachers, and Nigerian Union of Journalists.

Participants noted that government failure to achieve this progress is based on the following:

  • Ø Poor funding
  • Ø Non prioritization of government projects
  • Ø Ignorance on the parts of government and citizens
  • Ø Lack of maintenance culture
  • Ø Lack of monitoring of implementation
  • Ø Absence of community participation
  • Ø Lack of oversight function by legislators
  • Ø Absence of monitoring of implementation of budget on water and sanitation
  • Ø Lack of education and enlightenment
  • Ø Lack of continuity and government policy
  • Ø Corruption

 

In view of the foregoing, the workshop urges the federal government to:

  • 1. Put mechanisms in motion to make the anticorruption agencies independent in appointments, funding and operation
  • 2. To establish the offices of these agencies in the zones states and LGAs in the country
  • 3. To provide adequate funding for water and sanitation in the appropriation budgets
  • 4. To put mechanism in motion to ensure adequate monitoring of the implementation of budgets on water and sanitation
  • 5. To ensure popular participation target on water track
  • 6. De-merging/separating water resources from ministry of agriculture
  • 7. Legislatures all tiers of government should play their oversight functions in monitoring the expenditure of the budget on WATSAN
  • 8. That should encourage the maintenance of WATSAN activities
  • 9. That should encourage the maintenance of WATSAN activities
  • 10. The workshop, after evaluating the good work of WSMP Nigeria, enjoins to:
  • a. Embark on more civic education and media campaigns to sensitize both the government and the citizens on the MDG targets on WATSAN by 2015
  • b. Encourage stakeholders on WATSAN in Nigeria to independently monitor the implementation of budgets on water and sanitation by building their capacity.

Furthermore, it is observed that some states in the South West are performing better right now.

Finally, the workshop expresses its thankfulness and gratitude to the platform for organizing the South West stakeholders meeting and calls for further collaborations.

Members of Communiqué Drafting Committee

1.         Comrade (Chief) Sam Idowu               (NUT Chairman, Ogun State Wing) 

2.         Mrs. Sokoya Folake                   (Representative of NUJ, Ogun State)

3.         Mr. Adebisi Jimson Kehinde                                 (Ondo State WATSAN Project, Akure)

4.         Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike                                      (Ag. Executive Director, CLO)