The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Ibrahim W. Musa has inaugurated the members of National Coordination Implementation Core Team on SDGs goal 6.
In a keynote address, Dr. Musa noted that Nigeria did not achieve the targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation and that at the close of MDGs, national access to water supply and sanitation were 69% and 29% respectively. This implies that substantial percentages of the population are still drawing water from unprotected sources. In the same vein, about 70% of Nigerians do not have access to improved and unshared sanitation facilities. The national estimate of open defecation rate is 25% which indicates that open defecation is still prevalent across the country.
The Permanent Secretary maintained that it has become expedient to organize this 2-day workshop in order to provide veritable platform for key actors and players to interact and share their experiences with a view to attaining some key objectives which includes: to develop coordination mechanism for all SDGs intended projects, agree and develop strategies action plans that will fast-track the implementation of SDGs related projects in the water sector, assess the funding strategies towards the achievement of SDGs and collate data/information that would be useful for effective monitoring of progress in the sector, amongst others.
This workshop with the theme: ”National Coordination workshop on tracking of the achievements of SDG 6 in the Water Sector” was organized to share experiences, challenges encountered in the course of implementation of water supply and sanitation projects and proffer solutions.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of Water Resources Planning and Technical Support Services, Engr. Gerald Osuagwu said that the task of the workshop is to take advantage of the various papers presented as well as the discussion session to fashion out an appropriate mechanism to track the SDG 6 in the water sector.
He noted that the main objective of constituting the National Coordination Implementation Core Team is to ensure that real-time data on all water and sanitation facilities are collected and processed on regular basis and by so doing, a reliable database on the progress of SDGs in water and sanitation projects will be achieved.