WaterAid (http://www.wateraid.org) has called on the Nigerian government to support the ambitious target of providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all Africans by 2030.
The call comes as hundreds of Nigerians took part in a Walk for Water to mark in Abuja yesterday to mark this year’s World Water Day
According to Nelson Gomonda, WaterAid Pan-Africa Programme Manager said: “330 million Africans today live without access to clean water, so the road to travel is long, but we can for the first time see the end in sight. With more than 1,000 African children under the age of five dying every day from diseases brought about from a lack of water and sanitation, Africans will not accept failure. We have to reach this target.”
Currently in Sub-Sahara Africa, 334 million people (39% of the population) lack access to clean drinking water, while under 600 million (70%) lack access to sanitation(5).
To tackle this problem now, WaterAid is calling on international leaders to:
1. Recognise the need for the framework that replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 to reflect the contribution of water, sanitation and hygiene to other areas of poverty reduction, including health, education, gender equality, economic growth and sustainability.
2. For the UN to set a new global target to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
3. Identify ways of accelerating future rates of progress on sanitation if the goal of universal access is to be met by 2030.