- Nigeria Needs More Investment in Water Provision —Dangote Foundation
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has said the country needs more investment in water provision to boost the health of its citizens.
The foundation stated that governments at all levels, the private sector, and well-meaning individuals should commit more resources to ensure adequate provision of clean water to help tackle malnutrition.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Ms Zouera Youssoufou, was quoted to have said this in Lagos, ahead of the World Water Week holding in Stockholm, Sweden between August 26 and 31, with the theme, ‘Water, ecosystem and human development’.
Youssoufou was quoted in a statement to have said the theme followed the recent declaration of emergency on the water and sanitation sector by the Federal Government, hence, the need for more investment in the sector.
She said, “Within our flagship nutrition programme, we have a substantial water, sanitation and hygiene component. We cannot be effective at fighting malnutrition if we don’t also provide clean drinking water to our beneficiaries.
“We have a global water challenge, which is what the Sustainable Development Goal 6 is focused on solving. Achieving the SDG 6 is essential for progress on all other SDGs and vice versa. Sustainable management of water and sanitation underpins wider efforts to end poverty, advance sustainable development and sustain peace and stability. We all have a part to play as government, private sector, development partners and individuals.”