The way the Water Supply and Sanitation sector is run is crucial for the delivery of a water services to users in cities, towns and rural areas. Water supply plans frequently become manifesto promises rather than implemented through carefully considered long-term strategic plans. And once elections are over, politicians may decide to spend State resources on other projects altogether, leading to accusations that the water institutions don’t do enough for communities.
Part of the problem here is that the institutions responsible for delivering water and sanitation lack the professional weight to firmly put their strategic plans in place, and then see through implementation over many years.
WSSSRP II helps build solid governance in the WSS sector by:
• Providing support to the States to establish multi-year action plans and budgets (medium term expenditure frameworks)
• Assist the States/LGAs in the preparation of Medium-term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) as a primary decision making tool for linking government policy objectives with budgetary allocation
• Assist States in adapting the national procurement procedures and carry out fair and transparent procurement
• Implement studies to understand the political economy of water supply and sanitation in the six States and provide support to State Project Steering Committees to lobby the highest level of political authority in the State to prioritise the water and sanitation sector, and provide a matching budget
• Assisting the States to organise consultations and meeting, and to establish a regular communication flow between civil society (including the media) decision makers and service providers to strengthen good governance and accountability to consumers and users