Nigeria’s Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (SURWASH) has received a $700 million loan from the World Bank.
According to the World Bank, six million people will receive basic drinking water services and 1.4 million people will have access to improved sanitation as a result of the loan.
According to a press release, the approval was granted on May 25, and the credit facility will also deliver improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services to 2,000 schools and health care facilities, as well as help 500 communities eliminate open defecation.
Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene are among the sectors revitalised under Nigeria’s National Action Plan (NAP).
About 60 million Nigerians do not have access to basic drinking water services, 80 million do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, and 167 million do not have access to a basic handwashing facility in 2019.
Almost a third of rural households (29%) practice open defecation, which has barely changed since 1990. 39 percent are not connected to basic water supply services; half lack access to improved sanitation services.
Schubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, noted the program’s central role in the human capital agenda as well as its potential to influence key human capital outcomes.
The reason for this, he explained, was that WASH had a significant impact on human capital outcomes including early childhood survival, nutrition, health, learning and women’s empowerment, which all had a direct influence on labour efficiency and productivity.
Taking part in this project will allow states to improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, resulting in more girls staying in school, creating jobs, and decreasing open Defecating.
Moreover, we should work towards constructing a world where land uses are compatible, and where we’re more resilient to the effects of climate change.
SURWASH is performance-based, and all Nigerian states are eligible to participate if they are committed to specific reforms in the sector.
Supporting the Federal Government in enacting necessary policy reforms and offering incentives to state and local governments, service providers, technical assistance providers, and community-based organizations would help them deliver sustainable services in the sector.
Furthermore, the bank said that it will support investments that will increase access to WASH services and encourage their greater use in urban, rural, and small towns.