Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
In Nigeria, Although more people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 2011, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting the country. Twenty five percent of Nigerians defecate in the open and do not have access to basic sanitation services like toilets or latrines and more than 59,000 Nigerian children under the age of five die annually from preventable water and sanitation related diseases,
By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.
Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene at every level. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential if we are to mitigate water scarcity. More international cooperation is also needed to encourage water efficiency and support treatment technologies in developing countries.