The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF) has stated that about one in three Nigerians do not have access to basic drinking water service, adding also that on the average, each Nigerian living in the rural area of the country has access to only four litres of water daily.
Bioye Ogunjobi, a UNICEF specialist on sanitation said that as part of the campaign to improve on water supply, sanitation and hygiene across the country, 1,227 schools in Nigeria have benefitted from the agency’s numerous interventions. He also stated that UNICEF has supported 599 primary health care centres across Nigeria, with 2.4 million Nigerians also benefitting from distribution of hygiene supplies by the agency.
Ogunjobi said that in an attempt to curb open defecation in Nigeria, UNICEF has provided improved water facilities to over 1.7 million Nigerians, while 2.2 million people had also been provided with improved water facilities.
“At least, one in three Nigerians does not have access to basic drinking water services. On the average, people living in the rural areas have access to only four litres of water per capita each day. Research shows that only 34 per cent of schools and 12 per cent of hospitals in Nigeria have access to basic sanitation services.” Ogunjobi said.