5 July 2012

Nigeria: FG Gets N43 Billion EU Support for Water, Sanitation

The Federal Government has signed financing agreements with the European Union for projects valued at N43 billion to support government reform efforts in various sectors including water supply and sanitation.

A statement from the union made available to Daily Trust in Abuja noted that the Minister of National Planning Commission, NPC, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, signed the agreement on behalf of government, while Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, H.E. Dr. David MacRae, signed for the European Union.

The project on water supply and sanitation sector reform programme phase 11 (WSSSRP-11) is valued at 97 million Euros while the support to the Federal Government Reform Programme (SUFEGOR) and support to electoral cycle have a contract value of 20 million Euros each.

Usman said that support was remarkable and fully aligned to the Federal Government's Vision 20:2020 as well as the present administration's reform agenda in both its broad and specific terms.

Dr. MacRae noted that the overall objective of the projects was to promote good governance and the rule of law, and contribute to Nigeria's efforts in the reform of the justice sector and in addressing drug and related crime in the country.

Stakeholders expected to benefit from the project include the National Human Rights Commission, the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, and selected states Ministries of Justice and Judiciary.

Others include National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), together with non-state stakeholders (CSOs, media, academia).

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