The implementation of the European Union supported Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) Phase II commences this month in 9 Niger Delta states, South South, Nigeria.
The N14b (about 70m euros) project is being financed by the European Union (EU) under the 10th European Union Development Fund (EDF).
Tagged: ‘’Component 4 of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP)’’ the project involves the implementation of 800 infrastructural projects in nine Niger delta states: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers. The projects will be implemented in joint partnership with the Local Government Authorities and the communities respectively.
The Niger delta is Nigeria’s restive oil region massively degraded from decades of environmental pollution by oil producing companies and the activities of other ancillary oil service providers as well as illegal crude oil refiners.
The 4th component of the EU Niger delta support programme (NDSP) is an extension of a previous initiative titled ‘Micro programme project’ (MPP9) in 9 states.
According to the Project document, a copy in possession of Ewash, the new project has an overall budget of €70,905,000. Of this total amount €45,000,000 (Forty Five Million, Euros) which shall come from the EDF contributions while the community and the Local Government Authorities shall provide the difference of €25,905,000 (Twenty-Five Million, Nine Hundred and Five Thousand Euros only).
eWASH also found out that the 800 projects to be financed are mainly infrastructural in nature such as Health Centres, Educational infrastructure, Basic transport infrastructure, Basic water supply and sanitation infrastructure, Civic centres and Income Generation Infrastructure (palm oil mills, cassava mills, markets and warehouses).
Thewoverall objective of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) is to mitigate the conflict in the Niger Delta by addressing the main causes of the unrest and violence: bad governance, (youth) unemployment, poor delivery of basic services. Specifically the programme will contribute to poverty alleviation through the development and support given to local community development initiatives.
According to the project document:, the NDSP component 4 will institute and support reforms resulting in Local Government and State Authorities increasingly providing infrastructural services, income generating options, sustainable livelihoods development, gender equity and community empowerment, through offering models of transparency and participation.
The projects expected to commence September 2013, will be managed from a Programme Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) in Owerri, Imo State, supported by 4 state-level Implementation Field Offices (IFOs) in Benin, Warri, Aba and Calabar.
In a related development, the European Union is also planning to implement the third phase of its Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme Phase in three states: Adamawa, Ekiti and Plateau States
The prior, Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme Phases I and II have already being implemented in several other states.
The implementation of the WSSSRP III in the three states is to improve policy, institutional, legal and financial framework in the water and sanitation sector; and support the water sector institutions in the states to deliver sustainable water supply services in urban areas and small (semi-urban) towns.
Information gathered by eWASH shows WSSSRP III will commence on January 15, 2014 and last for four years