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Nigeria: New fuel price will increase drinking water scarcity- Bread of Life NGO

PRESS STATEMENT

Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLF), a non- governmental organization says the recent increase in price of Petroleum Motor spirit (PMS) from N86.50 to N145.00 per litre, will further increase scarcity of  safe drinking water in Nigeria.

Noting that majority of Nigerians depend on fuel powered generators,  to pump water from boreholes, household wells, and other sources into storage tanks, BLF said the  about  80% hike in fuel price will make the product less affordable to Nigerians, thereby decreasing their capacity to access safe water from groundwater sources for drinking and sanitation purposes.

‘About half of Nigerian populations presently do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation services; and majority of those with safe access to water are serviced by private water vendors that source water from groundwater sources, through the use of fuel powered engine,’says BLF.

A family bathing, washing, and drinking from a polluted river in Nigeria. Photo: Babatope Babalobi

A family bathing, washing, and drinking from a polluted river in Nigeria. Photo: Babatope Babalobi

Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLF), is therefore concerned that the increased fuel price, will further compound urban and rural poverty, with critical implications for access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Nigeria; as the common man will find it more difficult to afford the high cost of PMS to pump safe drinking water from groundwater sources to storage tanks.

Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLF), thereby calls for a downward review of the fuel price, otherwise the financial gains of oil price deregulation is likely to be eroded by social and economic costs of poor access to WASH, which includes increase incidence of water related diseases, drop in school enrolment, infant and maternal mortality, etc.

 

Taiwo Owolabi

Programme Officer

Bread of Life Dev. Foundation

May 16, 2016.

 

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