FG may withhold states’ subventions over water policies
THere are indications that the subventions to some state governments on water may be withheld by the Federal Government if they fail to implement policies on water and sanitation.
A source at the Federal ministry of Water resources on Friday told
that withholding their subventions might be the only way to get states to comply with policies aimed at improving access to clean water and adequate sanitation.
The source stated that with reports of communicable diseases breaking out in many states across the country, it had become evident that there had been no compliance with improving access to clean water and sanitation.
“We still have incidents of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases from states, which show lack of compliance. And any state government that does not key into the initiatives of the Federal Government to improve water supply and sanitation, its subvention will be withdrawn. They will be starved of funds if they refuse to key into the programmes,” the source added.
President muhammadu buhari on Thursday declared a state of emergency in the nation’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.
The action followed the decision of the Federal executive Council to declare a state of emergency in the water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, in April this year.
The President said the declaration became imperative to reduce the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country, which had caused preventable deaths.
He said government at all levels needed to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.
The President added, “The Sustainable Development Goals targeting 6.1 and 6.2 for WASH are even more demanding as they require WASH services to be provided in adequate quantity and quality on premises at affordable prices.
“This cannot be achieved if we continue with ‘a business as usual’ approach. It is on this premise that I fully endorse the decision taken at the meeting of the Federal executive Council in April this year to declare ‘a State of emergency on our WASH Sector.”
The President had also stated that support to state governments would be based on their commitment to implement the WASH action plan in their respective states and to end open defecation by 2025.
A ministry source said compliance by states had been very low, adding that out of the 21 states that had signed a protocol agreement on the implementation of the Federal Government’s Partnership for expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, only Kano and ogun states had complied.