Nigeria gets N41bn World Bank loand for wa­ter sup­ply

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­wa­siu Has­san

The World Bank has ap­proved a credit of US$250 mil­lion (about N41.25 bil­lion) from the In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (IDA) to help the Nige­rian govern­ment con­tinue its ef­forts to in­crease ac­cess to wa­ter sup­ply and to im­prove the fi­nan­cial and man­age­ment vi­a­bil­ity of ex­ist­ing wa­ter util­i­ties.

A state­ment yes­ter­day by the World Bank Nigeria of­fice said “the funds will tar­get the poor, ur­ban pop­u­la­tion liv­ing in the state cap­i­tals and their sur­round­ings, and will ben­e­fit some two mil­lion people.”

The state­ment said the credit will sup­port the Third Na­tional Ur­ban Wa­ter Sec­tor Re­form Project and re­spond to the Govern­ment of Nigeria’s goal of de­vel­op­ing more ef­fec­tive mech­a­nisms for so­cial ser­vice de­liv­ery, par­tic­u­larly wa­ter ser­vice, as a means to ad­dress in­equities in in­come and op­por­tu­ni­ties. It said funds will also help re­ha­bil­i­tate and build the wa­ter de­liv­ery in­fra­struc­ture and in­sti­tu­tional sys­tems needed to ex­pand ac­cess to wa­ter sup­ply ser­vices for people in selected cities in Bauchi, Ek­iti, and Rivers States.

“To­day’s project builds on past ex­pe­ri­ence which has shown that build­ing wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture with­out strength­en­ing the ca­pac­ity of the in­sti­tu­tions re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing wa­ter sup­ply to the tar­geted ar­eas does not lead to sus­tain­able re­sults,” it read in part.

“We there­fore hope that the new strat­egy which puts more em­pha­sis on this in­te­grated ap­proach will con­trib­ute to im­prove the health and eco­nomic well-be­ing of the coun­try’s poor­est and more vul­ner­a­ble par­tic­u­larly women and girls who spend a lot of time fetch­ing wa­ter,” the state­ment quoted the Nigeria coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the bank, Marie Fran­coise MarieNelly as say­ing.

It added that a sec­ond project com­po­nent will pro­vide tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to state gov­ern­ments and wa­ter util­i­ties in Kano, Gombe, Benue, Ji­gawa, Ondo, Abia, Bayelsa, Anam­bra, and Plateau states to help pre­pare them for large wa­ter sup­ply in­vest­ments.

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