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Water Sanitation European Union to spend N40Bn in 14 states

The European Union (EU) said it will spend about N40 billion in 14 states in Nigeria on water sanitation.

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Representatives of the European Union to Nigeria, Jens Hogel, stated this on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Regular Meeting of the National Council on Water Resources held at International Conference Centre, Abuja.    

Hogel said that the EU is directly implementing water supply and sanitation sector reform programme Phases II and III as well as the Niger Delta Support Programme which will cost them about N40 billion for it implementation in 14 states of the federation.

Hogel said with a population of over 170 million and abundant natural resources, Nigeria has the potential to be the economic and political powerhouse of Africa.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello challenged the National Council on Water Resources (NCWR) to come up with practical solutions to the numerous problems facing the water resources sector in the country.

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The minister noted that Nigeria is blessed with abundant surface and ground water resources and therefore not water stressed nation, but the resultant effect of rapid population growth, urbanization, increased economic activities, population migration and climate change will pose critical water challenges in the next decade.

According to a statement issued by Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCTA Chief Press Secretary, Bello urged the council to review and update the National Water and Sanitation Policy, with a view to reducing wastages, improve service delivery and utilization efficiency.

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