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5m people lack access to water, toilets in Plateau — Report

About 5.1 million people in Plateau State do not have access to water and decent toilet facilities, the 2018 Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Outcome Routine Mapping (NORM) survey shows, according to WaterAid Nigeria.

The 2018 WASH NORM, according to the Country Director of Water Aid, ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye, shows that in Plateau State, only 44.9 per cent people have access to improved water sources and 34.5 per cent have improved sanitation.

He, however, quoted the report as indicating that a gap of 2.3 million people that do not have access to water and 2.8 million that lack decent toilets exist.

“This also affects schools and healthcare centres,” he stated.

He warned that, “at this rate, attaining the Sustainable Development Goal six targets on water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 will be an enormous challenge if change steps aren’t taken with very deliberate and intensified measures to address this issue.”

Mr. Okoye spoke through Idowu Adebayo, at the launch of the ‘Keep Your Promises Campaign’ in Plateau State.

He stated that WaterAid Nigeria and partners had implemented a citizens’ engagement project tagged ‘Vote4WASH’ campaign which focused on leveraging on the 2019 general elections to educate and empower citizens’ to effectively demand for the actualisation of their WASH rights.

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