According to a UNESCO spokesperson more than 700 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water.
This is more than evident in the metropolies of Nigeria, specifically in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, and other major cities, not to mention in rural areas, where people are becoming increasingly cutoff from urban facilities.
At the same time, demand for water is soaring, as the Nigerian population is expected to increase by an estimated 84 million by 2030. The water issues facing the nation speak volumes about developing a plan for future sustainability of the population, and for driving the economy past its dependence on the exportation of crude oil, specifically re-energizing the agricultural industry. Water is also vital for transport and production of energy.
According to Water Aid Nigeria over 57 million people in the country do not have access to clean drinking water and over 25,000 children die yearly from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
There have been many reports on Nigeria’s need to manage its impending water crisis as the most densely populated African country and the Buhari administration is taking steps toward providing better more accessible water resources, access to better hygiene services and sanitation.
Water management is essential to bettering the agricultural sector, food security, and as UNESCO highlights creating better managing systems could open the floodgates to access to more jobs in an underemployed nation like Nigeria.
lhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister of State for the environment, has said President Buhari is committed to resolving the country’s environmental challenges while creating jobs and ensuring sustainable development.