African Development Bank approves US$124.2 million loan for water sector reforms in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank have approved a US$124.2 million loan to finance the Urban Water Sector Reform and Akure Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Nigeria to address bottlenecks in critical water supply services to households in the densely populated project area.

The amount includes an African Growing Together Fund (AGTF) loan of US$20 million and the overall project cost is US$222.69 million spanning for five years from 2020-2025 targeting to benefit 1.3 million residents.

The project is set to provide residents of Akure city (Ondo State) and its environs, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, in turn strengthening the Federal Government’s capacity to facilitate urban Water Supply and Sanitation reforms.

“The project will particularly contribute to improving the living conditions of the communities in the project area.”

“Involving these communities in the public awareness and marketing activities, will increase the project’s ownership and ensure they pay for the water supply and sanitation services,” said Ebrima Faal, Senior Director at the Bank’s Nigeria Regional Office.

The loan will also help to install sanitation infrastructure for schools, hospitals, markets.

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At the Federal level, the project’s Urban Water Reform component will establish a water and sanitation investment program that would contribute to scaling up of the National WASH Action plan 2018-2030.

The project, which combines “hard” water, sanitation and environmental protection infrastructure with “soft” analytical and institutional reform support, aligns with the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) and its High 5s priority areas, the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Policy.

The African Development Bank Group, is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF).

As at December 13 2019, the Bank’s active portfolio in Nigeria comprised 61 operations, of which 54 are national and seven are regional.

The total commitment to these projects is US$4.8 billion and includes water and sanitation projects worth US$606.0 million.

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