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Nigeria - Urban Water Reform and Akure Water Supply and Sanitation Project - NUWSRP III - ESMP Summary


Nigeria is the most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa with between 180 and 200 million people. It is estimated that more than 30 % of Nigerians have no access to safe water. The Government of Nigeria has long recognized the challenges facing its water sector. This includes:

  •  Increasing population,
  • Increasing urbanization
  • Low access to services,
  • Failure of undermaintained infrastructure,
  • Poor capacity and performance of service providers.

Thus, since early 2000, Nigeria has worked on water sector reforms, supported by various donors. Projects to increase access to water services have included a series of three development partners-financed projects starting in 2004 under the National Urban Water Sector Reform Projects (NUWSRP) I and II which has ended. NUWSRP III running is at present. The NUWSRP III focuses on the provision of basic water services in selected States’ capitals and financial viability of the water utilities which includes: Ondo, Oyo, Taraba & Rivers.

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