The Development Innovations Group (DIG), an International Organisation, on Thursday, urged the 36 state water boards in the country to ensure provision of potable water for the citizens.
Programme Director of the group, Mr Timeyin Uwejamomere made the call during the inauguration of the National Action Plan for the Revitalisation of Water Supply and Hygiene Sector in Abuja.
He opined that many water utilities agencies at the state level were performing far below expectations.
He said that large investments by the government and development partners have not yielded commendable results. Stressing the need for accountability.
In his words, “I think the governors need to hold the state water boards accountable, they could help by giving support to deliver water, it is a shame that some states don’t have functioning water boards for many years; taps have not run.
Going down memory lane he said “I grow up fetching water from the public taps, but my children are growing up without water in the taps. So, we need to address it, and our governors need to take responsibility for it.
He maintained that there’s need for training and re-training of personnel on the state water utilities to make their agencies viable commercial entities.
Uwejamomere held that with unhindered access to potable water, the rate of women and girls facing sexual abuse and violence could be reduced, that the availability of potable water would also enhance enrollment and retention of girls in school.
“I think it is important that Nigeria is beginning to think about its future and the future of its people, particularly our children who die every day from lack of water and sanitation.
He added, “Also, are our girls who also miss work and most important our women who suffer the hardships of fetching water every day and are exposed to abuse from having to do open defecation,’’.