The USAID-UNICEF effort sought to provide safe drinking water, improved hygiene, and improved sanitation to more than 300,000 people in Northwest Nigeria.
Dr. Anne Patterson, the USAID Mission Director, said in a statement on Wednesday that this will help minimize water-borne infections, particularly among youngsters.
“USAID is dedicated to ensuring clean water for more Nigerians. This new activity with UNICEF will help reduce waterborne diseases to keep more people, especially children, healthy.”
Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s Country Representative for Nigeria also said, “
We are extremely grateful for the timely and much-needed WASH support from the US government. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with prevailing challenges and gaps in WASH services in northwest Nigeria is detrimental to the development of children and rural communities. This assistance is a testament to USAID’s commitment to the children and people of Nigeria.”
According to the report, Sokoto and Kebbi states in Nigeria had the lowest levels of access to basic water services, at 38% and 39%, respectively.