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EU earmarks N37b for Water Supply and Sanitation projects in Nigeria

The European Union (EU) is planning to spend about N37b (176m Euros) on water supply and sanitation programmes in Nigeria over the next five years (2012-2017).

This information is contained in the Country Support Strategy/National Indicative Programme (CSP/NIP) of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for Nigeria.

The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for providing European community aid for development cooperation in the African Caribbean and Pacific states which includes Nigeria.

The allocation of the 176m Euros to support Nigeria’s water and sanitation sector, is the highest global EU water and sanitation programme in terms of funding.

eWASH gathered that the amount will be expended in funding Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programmes (WSSSRP) in 13 States- Anambra, Cross-River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun, Yobe, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers, Adamawa, Ekiti and Plateau.

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The WSSSRP seeks to contribute to poverty eradication, sustainable development, and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals through the implementation of programmes that increase access to safe, adequate, and sustainable water and sanitation services.

WSSSRP I was implemented in six (6) European Union (EU) focal states of Anambra, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun and Yobe under the 9th EDF, and closed shop last year.

The new budget line of 176m Euros will be used to fund WSSSRP II in six States – Anambra, Cross-River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun and Yobe States; it will also be used to finance the water component of Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) in four States – Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers; while the sum of 40m euros out of 176m Euros will be spent to implement WSSSRP III in three other states – Adamawa, Ekiti and Plateau.

 eWASH also gathered that the WSSSRP II and III like its precursor, WSSSRP  I is aimed at addressing two major problems associated with the Nigerian water sector – inadequate sector policy, legal and institutional framework; and weak sector institutions that are unable to deliver their mandates.

Activities under the 10th EDF financing for WSSSRP II and III will commence on April 2012.

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