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FG to Obtain $ 75 Million World Bank Loan for Community Water Supply | The Guardian Nigeria News

The federal government has entered into dialogue with the World Bank to secure a $ 75 million loan to provide water to communities across the country.

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu made the disclosure during an interactive session with media officials in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the government was planning to launch a pilot water supply program in six cities across the country. However, he did not name the cities that would benefit.

“We are trying to get states to invest in water as part of our water resources master plan implementation plan. “

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that lack of access to clean drinking water has been a major problem for Nigerian communities for centuries.

The development has resulted in poor hygiene in most of the rural communities where the majority of Nigerian citizens reside.

The minister said the government is also seeking funds to deal with the ongoing flooding along the Niger and Benue rivers.

He defended the government’s penchant for building dams in northern parts of the country, arguing that southern Nigeria does not need dams because the region has sufficient rainfall all year round.

Citing the Oji River in Enugu state, Adamu spoke of a well that was built in the city in 1913, saying the well still discharges water and poses a danger to residents.

The minister stressed that the provision of drinking water is entirely the responsibility of state governments and local government councils, noting that the federal government is stepping in to provide water to the population.

He stressed the need for the public, especially media professionals, to support the water resources bill pushed by the federal government.

“The water resources bill must be passed for the nation to move forward in the water resources sector,” Adamu said.