The Federal Government has advised Nigerians who drink borehole water to test the quality regularly.
Deputy Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Elizabeth Ugoh, said the ministry was working with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, to enforce the National Standard for Drinking Water Quality.
She said six new laboratories were being constructed in the six geo-political zones by the Federal Government to improve water quality and standard in the country.
Ugoh said the six existing laboratories were inadequate due to the country’s large population.
Still on water, Water Aid Nigeria has called for strong political will from all stakeholders to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, by Twenty-Thirty.
Its Partnership and Campaigns Manager, Saheed Mustafa, in Abuja, said the country failed to meet the Millennium Development Goals due to low priority and poor funding.
Mustafa said Nigeria must deliberately put up proper funding structure in place toward meeting the targets in the overall interest of improving the livelihood of the citizenry.
He also said there was the need to address the weak coordination and policy framework between Government and stakeholders, saying this would promote accountability and sustainability.