The European Union has released €20 million to the Niger-delta region. This was done to promote socio-economic activities and peace in the Niger-delta through increased access to safe and sustainable water supply.
This was revealed recently in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom during a media dialogue on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) by UNICEF WASH specialist, Engr. Moustapha Niang.
He said, “In Nigeria, only about 57.48 percent of the total population have access to improved water supply and of this percentage, the Niger-delta region make up of only 16.57 percent (32 million) of the population (190 million) with access to improved water supply.
“It is a peculiar project which has been designed to address the challenges in the region with an overall funding which is 20 million euros. The objective is to mitigate the conflict in the region by addressing the main causes and bringing lasting solutions.”
Others include, “to increase access to safe and sustainable water supply services in rural communities and the self-selected Local Government Areas, as well as to improve sanitation and proper hygiene practice in rural communities and schools amongst others.”
Of all the Niger-delta states, Bayelsa is worst hit with serious issues of groundwater contamination (either chemical or biological) with some parts having problems of iron.