The World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), French Development Agency (AFD), and Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) Wednesday in Abuja announced the provision of a total of US$638 million new financial commitment to boost water supply and sanitation in Nigeria.
The Country Directors of each of the donor agencies took turns to announce their financial commitment to boost water supply and sanitation during a workshop to strengthen the implementation of Urban Water Sector Reform in Nigeria.
World Bank Country Director, Ms Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said her institution is providing financing to the tune of US$250 million for water supply projects in Bauchi, Rivers, Ekiti and Cross River states.
Stating that it is “unacceptable” for women to spend an average of four months in a year looking for water, She said there is need to increase water coverage in the rural part of the country.
The Deputy Country Director of AfDB, Mrs Babara Barungi, said her bank is providing a finance facility of US$205 million to boost water supply and sanitation in Port Harcourt, capital of the South South Rivers State, adding that the bank had a total Investment in the sector since 1986 to the tune of US$760 million.
The French Development Agency (AFD) Country Director, Hubert Dogin, while stressing the need to bridge the water supply gap, disclosed that the bank was considering investing US$33 million in the Water and Sanitation sector.
The fund was to support the World Bank investment in the provision of water in four States of the Federation.
The JICA country Director, Seki Tetsuo, noted that the Agency had been doing a lot to boost provision of water, adding that they are considering providing a finance window to the tune of US$150 million.
He disclosed that JICA is also working towards building capacities of State Water Board Agencies to improve the provision of utilities to consumers.