Article courtesy of Christian Okeke-Abuja | March 17, 2015 | Nigerian Tribune | Shared as educational material
Almost half of Nigerian households, especially from North-East zone, have reported that access to clean water remains a challenge to them.
They stated that there had been no tangible improvement in the accessibility of water to them.
According to the result of poll conducted by NOIPolls Limited and obtained by Abuja Xtra, it was revealed that a significant proportion of Nigerians identified sachet water as the major source of drinking water in their homes.
According to the result, while the source of drinking water might be affordable and easily accessible to Nigerians, its hygiene and quality has been questioned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) given the process of packaging.
This, it noted, had led to the closure of several sachet water factories by NAFDAC.
The poll result said: “For instance, in 2013, 54 sachet water factories were closed in Suleja and Minna of Niger state due to quality of production.
“Other sources of drinking water cited by respondents include tap water, private borehole and public borehole, amongst other sources.
“Access to clean water still remains a major issue to Nigerians to some extent as indicated by a high proportion of respondents in this category.”