Improved access to clean and safe water, along with improved hygiene practices, are critical to community health and are pivotal elements of our commitment in the communities where we operate. Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene remains a major problem in the Country especially in the rural areas. It is estimated that over 60 million Nigerians lack access to clean water, and only about 30% of the rural population have improved water coverage. NAOC JV’s investment in access to safe water and sanitation in the communities where it operates is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.
Over the years, the NAOC JV has worked closely with more than 75 communities, across its operational areas, to improve water supply and sanitation facilities. The Company has pursued the objective of ensuring the availability of drinking water in these Niger Delta communities through the provision of various water-related projects.
Some of these projects include the construction and realization of boreholes; installation of electric water pumps, storage tanks and standpipes; the realization of water networks; and carrying out of awareness campaigns on water management.