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.
In February 2018, Eni and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) signed a Collaboration Agreement to promote joint sustainable initiatives for the communities affected by the humanitarian emergency in North-East Nigeria. The first initiative developed under the agreement contributes to access to water for those experiencing water scarcity due to the crisis.
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North-East Nigeria is experiencing a humanitarian emergency caused by the violent Boko Haram movement and the shrinking of the Lake Chad basin, the main source of water for neighboring local communities. The crisis has triggered important migration flows in the Country and the development of informal settlements both in the North East and in Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where many fleeing people are pouring in. In this context, the Federal Government of Nigeria has requested energy companies to contribute to sustainable initiatives in the affected areas and Eni has signed a three-year Collaboration Agreement with FAO.
Eni promotes access to clean and safe water in Nigeria through the construction of water wells powered by photovoltaic systems, for domestic consumption and for irrigation. FAO provides support to identify the areas of intervention, expertise and know-how. The UN agency also provides training in the sustainable use and maintenance of the facilities, in collaboration with local authorities. The initiative is specifically geared towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with particular emphasis on SDG1 - No Poverty; SDG2 - Zero Hunger; SDG6 - Clean water and Sanitation; SDG13 - Climate Action and SDG17 - Public-Private Partnerships for the Goals.
Over 40,000 beneficiaries and 16 water schemes completed: