Over 3.6 million Nigerians lack access to potable water, hygiene services and sanitation in Nigeria.
This was disclosed today by The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in a statement to celebrate this year’s World Water Day, with the theme, “Living no one behind”
Speaking, the UNICEF’s Representative in the country, Mr Mohamed Fall stated that 1.1 million of those who lack access to water are Internally Displaced Persons who are in IDP camps as a result of conflicts and violence, adding that many of them are in remote areas.
“In Nigeria, conflict has created huge challenges for people living in the Northeast of the country, where violence has affected their ability to access water and sanitation, leading to diseases such as cholera. He said
“In the Northeast, 5,365 people were affected by cholera, with 61 dying in 2017, while 12,643 people were affected in 2018 and 175 died of the disease,” Fall added.