As part of the overall goal of realising universal access to safe drinking water, the Federal Government says managing water requires appropriate governance arrangement that moves considerations of water from margins of government, to the centre of society. Minister for Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, made this known at 2016 Water-Aid Policy dialogue on achieving sustainable development goal in Abuja. He says, the Federal Government has improved water coverage by 69 percent and sanitation by 40 percent.
According to the 2015 reports of the joint monitoring programme of WHO and UNICEF, 31% of Nigerians do not have access to safe water and only 29% have access to improved sanitation service while the MDGs’ reports says access to water is at 67% and sanitation at 41%.
However irrespective of the percentages and disparities, it is important to note that nearly 60 million Nigerians lack access to clean water while 100 million Nigerians lack access to basic sanitation. Minister of water resources says, there is need for adequately funded infrastructure project to protect water resources and ensure sustainable development. While also adding that it is important to address water issues in the context of all existing and developing international processes.