By the end of the programme we aim to halve the number of people in our target areas that live without access to good water, sanitation and hygiene services. Over 2 million will benefit directly from better water supply and 1 million from improved sanitation and hygiene.

Presently, 103 million Nigerians still lack access to basic sanitation facilities and around 63 million do not have access to improved sources of safe drinking water. The implications of this for Nigeria are severe; diarrhoea in children, caused by poor sanitation and hygiene related disease is the second main source of infant mortality, after malaria, and the third main cause of under-five mortality. Stakeholders have recognised that major weaknesses in the water sector institutions mean that they are unable to deliver adequate water and sanitation services to the population; as a result, many Nigerians suffer needlessly.

To reach our objective of increasing access to safe, adequate, and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services, WSSSRP II aims to tackle these institutional and policy weaknesses. To achieve this, WSSSRP II supports the Federal Government and six EU focal States (Anambra, Cross-River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun and Yobe) to develop and implement water and sanitation sector reform, taking into consideration critical legal, policy and institutional issues.

The Programme also provides funds for constructing or rehabilitating water and sanitation facilities in those states. Around 70% of the works budget is provided through the EU, with 25% coming from State budgets and 5% through communities. Works account for €30 million of the overall €94m budget for the Programme.

There is no pre-allocation of fund between the states; funds will be directed to those that demonstrate commitment to improve governance, willingness to reform, and ability to implement project activities.

The Programme plans to improve:

1. Water governance at the Federal level
2. Water governance at the State and Local Government levels in six states
3. Water service delivery to urban areas and small towns in the six states
4. Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion services delivery in 1,400 rural communities, and 60 small towns in 30 LGAs in the six states.

EDF: 80,000,000
States and LGAs and Benefitting Communities: 13,000,000
UNICEF 1,000,000
Total 94,000,000


Contributions EU Contribution (€) States, LGAs and Benefitting Communities (€) Total(€)
Water and Sanitation Works 22,500,000 9,000,000 31,500,000
UNICEF (Rural Component) 30,000,000 4,000,000 35,000,000*

*(incl. € 1,000,00 from UNICEF)