UNICEF has said that more than 1.42 billion people, live in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability in the world and one-third of Nigerian children do not have access to enough water.
The agency’s statistics revealed that 26.5 million Nigerian children (29 percent) of the nation’s children are “experiencing high or extremely high water vulnerability.”
UNICEF added that 100,000 Nigerian children currently die annually of water-related diseases.
A UNICEF representative in this West African nation noted that ‘’ the world’s water crisis is here and children are the biggest victims’’.
UNICEF said despite “some progress” by Nigeria, ”there is still much more work to be done to ensure that all Nigerians have access to adequate, quality water and hygiene services.”
Although about 70 percent of Nigerians are reported to have access to basic water services, more than half of these water sources are contaminated, the UN body added.