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EU launches WSSSRP II

The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of Euro 80 million (about Naira16 billion) to finance the implementation of the second phase of the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project (WSSSRP II) in the six EU focal States, namely, Anambra, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun and Yobe.

The project aims at consolidating the achievements of the first phase of the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project (WSSSRP) with a view to addressing the remaining fundamental weakness of the Nigerian water and sanitation sector which is lack of or inadequate legal and institutional framework at both the federal and state levels.

WSSSRP II intends to sustain the improvements on water governance made under the first phase of the project in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and in the six focal States through the provision of technical assistance and capacity development to ministries and agencies responsible for water resources, water and sanitation services delivery at federal level and in the States.

The project will also implement the construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities in the six States as a contribution for Nigeria to achieve water and health related MDGs.

A component of the project to support capacity building of State and Local Governments’ agencies responsible for rural water and sanitation as well construction of water supply and sanitation systems in rural communities will be implemented by UNICEF.

The Financing Agreement for the EU contribution was signed in Abuja on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 by Ambassador David Macrae, the Head of Delegation of the European Union Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, the Honourable Minister and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission.

The total cost of the project is Euro 94 million (about N18.8 billion), of which the six States and Local Government Areas and benefitting communities will contribute EUR 13 million (about N2.6 billion) as counterpart fund for the rehabilitation and construction of water supply and sanitation facilitie