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World Water Day 2013: Nigerians walk for water

Several stakeholders groups are planning to walk for water tomorrow in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city as the world marks this year’s World Water Day. They will be walking from the UNESCO office (near the Federal Secretariat buildings on Shehu Shagari Way) to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) premises in Area 11, Garki,  Abuja.

The groups- WaterAid in Nigeria, the Water and Sanitation Media Network, the Youth WASH Network are partnering with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to call for urgent action to tackle Nigeria’s water and sanitation crisis, where only about half of the estimated 170 million people have access to safe drinking water, about 130,000 under five children die annually from preventable water related diseases and another 35 million people still defecate in the open.

About 1000 people comprising Youths, People with Disabilities, Youth Corpers, Civil Society Groups, Journalists, Civil Servants, are expected to participate in the ‘Walk for Water’

As part of the event, the activists will also get people to sign a petition calling on the Nigerian government to ‘Keep Your Promises’ on leveraging financial resources to develop the water and sanitation sector.

A round table discussion and exhibition on the World Water Day will also hold at the International Conference Centre, this Friday by 10am.

The World Water Day is celebrated annually to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s event is dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water.

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