Ochekpe: 52.8million Nigerians lack access to potable water

Ng_Sarah-Ochekpe-Minister-of-Water-ResourcesMrs Sarah Ochekpe, Minister of Water Resources has announced that about 52.8million Nigerians lack access to potable water supply.

Ochekpe who stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at the 2014 ministerial platform on three years of transformation in the water sector, said before the inception of this administration access to potable water was 58 percent, access is now 67 percent, while sanitation moved from 32 percent to 41 percent in its recent national assessment.

She said the Federal Government in its intervention efforts provided a total of 4,940 water supply facilities nationwide from 2010 to date, out of which 4,099 were newly constructed in the rural areas, and 143 facilities were rehabilitated nationwide.

She further disclosed that the Federal Government had approved the re-organisation of the River Basin Development Agencies[RBDA] as part of the measures to ensure efficient service delivery and realize the mandates of the RBDA.

Speaking about the potentials of  the dams in Nigeria, the minister said if fully utilised about 16 dams in various part of the country have hydropower potentials with the capacity to generate  about 135.15 megawatts of electricity.

Ochekpe pointed out  that hydro produces one of the cleanest sources of energy and more affordable, adding that the government has put in place plans to use available water resources for hydropower generation.

she noted that the recent Water Master Plan released by the Ministry in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation revealed that the country has a surface water of 340billion cubic meters and a ground water of 100billion cubic meter.

This, according to her, was beyond the previous 92billion cubic meter ground water and 300billion surface water.

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