Potable water: FG develops 66,761 water schemes – Minister

Potable water: FG develops 66,761 water schemes – Minister

Over 66,761 water schemes, providing potable water to Nigerians, have been developed by President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration since it came to power in 2015,

 

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this on Sunday when he featured on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

 

He said that the schemes were sited in urban centres, small towns and rural areas across the country.

 

Adamu asserted that the government had made considerable progress in expanding the citizens’ access to potable water in the country.

 

The minister said that the water schemes had been producing about 794,334,000 litres daily and serving 32,008,600 Nigerians.

 

Adamu also spoke on efforts made by the Federal Government to boost agricultural production and food security of the nation.

 

The minister said that 10 irrigation schemes were completed across the country, increasing the actual irrigated areas from 70,000 hectares in 2015 to 138,000 hectares at the moment.

 

“To support the country’s energy sufficiency, 12 dams were completed, with combined water impoundment capacity of 795.1 MCM and hydropower generation of capacity of 110 megawatts.

 

“Efforts have also been put in place to utilize the hydropower potential of 3,466 megawatts of some dams, under PPP arrangements,” he said.

 

On achievements recorded in sanitation sector, Adamu said that 3,402 facilities were constructed in institutions and public places.

 

He added that the facilities were sited in markets, schools, motor parks and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, among other places.

 

“Also, a national survey conducted under the 2021 WASHNORM III reported a national access to basic drinking water supply services at 67 per cent, while access to basic sanitation services stood at 46 per cent,” he said.

 

He said that programmes and projects, developed under water resources sector, were in line with the nine priority areas of the Buhari-administration.

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