SCALE UP INVESTMENT IN WATER SECTOR, 78 MILLION CHILDREN IN NIGERIA AT WATER RELATED RISKS — UNICEF
REPORTER: EMEFIENA OKONKWO
As the iternational community marks the 2023 World Water Day, government at all levels in Nigeria are encouraged to scale-up investment in the water sector.
The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Enugu, Mrs. Juliet Chiluwe, gave the advice in Enugu, during media briefing on this year’s world water day.
According to Mrs. Chiluwe, 78 million children in Nigeria are at the highest risk from a convergence of three water related threats, which are inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related diseases and climate harzards.
Mrs. Chiluwe emphasised that increased investment in the water sector, including from global climate financing, increased effective and accountable system would ensure provision of water and sanitation services as well as the implementation of the UN water SDGS Global Acceleration framework.
In his submission, the Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Water Corporation, Mr. Romanus Ugwu, noted that that World Water Day “is a day that recognises the importance of water to man and plants, as it constitutes more than 70% of earth’s mass.
Mr. Ugwu encouraged the people to protect public utilities, including the pipes that carry clean water to homes and office as its wanton destruction is not of public good.
World Water Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 22,1992, which declares March 22 every year as World Water Day with the first World Water Day observed in 1993.
The Day was created to accelerate change and solve the water and sanitation crisis.
The Day is also used to advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The theme for the 2023 World Water Day is “Accelerating the change to solve the water and sanitation crisis.”
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU