USAID and Coca-Cola Foundation commission water projects in Abia and Cross River

Long-time development partners USAID and The Coca-Cola Foundation, through their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) global partnership, recently commissioned a project in Nigeria to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in Abia and Cross River States. Partners for Development (PfD), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health, agriculture and economic development initiatives in rural communities around the world, implemented the two-year project.

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Upon completion this year, this project will reach more than 44,800 Nigerians living in the most vulnerable communities in Abia and Cross River states with improved access to safe water and sanitation services.

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Picture showing Sanitation project in Amihu Uhu Community

Around the world, WADA partners with communities and their governments to address challenges and harness opportunities connected to improved water and sanitation. WADA’s enterprise-driven approach brings together Coca-Cola’s business capabilities with USAID’s premier development expertise to create solutions that develop thriving communities, grow stable economies, and strengthen resilient environments.

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Pictures showing one of the three fetching points for the Water Project.
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Pictures showing one of the three fetching points for the Water Project.

According to the JMP/WHO (2015), 59.5 million (33%) Nigerians lack access to safely managed water and over 121 million (67%) Nigerians lack access to safely managed sanitation. Source: https://washdata.org/data. In Nigeria, around 45,000 children under five years old die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. The lack of clean potable water contributes to the high prevalence of waterborne diseases, threatens the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and contributes to low levels of school enrollment, especially among girls.

In response to these challenges, the WADA Nigeria project has focused on building the capacity of state institutions and local communities to effectively deliver and manage water and sanitation services. This empowers Nigerian people and institutions to fight the effects of unreliable water sources and poor sanitation practices. Improving and expanding water and sanitation services in these communities while focusing on engaging all stakeholders and members of the community has improved the livelihoods and wellbeing for those impacted. Such improved capacity will serve as a critical step in Nigeria’s journey to self-reliance and sustainable development.

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Mission Director, United States Agency International Development(USAID), Mr. Stephen Haykin; Eze of Amiyu Uhu Community, His Royal Majesty, Ifeanyi Udeagha; Deputy Governor, Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu; Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Barrister Chidebere Nwoke and Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Mrs. Nwamaka Onyemelukwe during the commissioning of Water and Sanitation facilities in Amiyi Uhu community in Abia state recently.

 

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Mission Director, United States Agency International Development(USAID), Mr. Stephen Haykin; Eze of Amiyu Uhu Community, His Royal Majesty, Ifeanyi Udeagha; Deputy Governor, Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu; Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Barrister Chidebere Nwoke and Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Mrs. Nwamaka Onyemelukwe during the commissioning of Water and Sanitation facilities in Amiyi Uhu community in Abia state recently.

WADA Nigeria also worked with the state rural water agencies (RUWASSA) in select local government areas (LGAs), and local communities to build the capacity for effective rural water management. The project aims to transform residents’ lives through establishing and strengthening the capacity of community water, sanitation and hygiene committees (WASHCOMs) to drive the implementation of WASH services and to provide training and support to community groups in WASH facility maintenance, repairs, and management. Multiple activities will contribute to this transformation, including the rehabilitation and construction of water and sanitation infrastructure.

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Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe; Mission Director, USAID, Mr. Stephen Haykin; Deputy Governor, Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu and Eze of Amiyu Uhu Community, Ifeanyi Udeagha during the unveiling of Water and Sanitation facilities in Amiyi Uhu community in Abia state recently.

The project will also support the expansion of WASH services and training into a number of community schools, clinics and markets in the 58 project communities.

 

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Country Program Director, Partners for Development (PfD), Mr. Ediri Iruaga, Project Coordinator, Abia state Rural Water and Sanitation Project, Engr. Ugo Oku; Eze of Amiyu Uhu Community, His Royal Majesty, Ifeanyi Udeagha; Public Affairs Analyst, West Africa Business Unit, Coca-Cola, Emeka Mba; Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Barrister Chidebere Nwoke and Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Mrs. Nwamaka Onyemelukwe during the commissioning of water facilities in Amiyi Uhu community in Abia state.

USAID and Coca-Cola are committed to transforming communities in need to overcome their development challenges and empowering them to sustainably thrive in the 21st century. Learn more about WADA here.

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Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe; Country Program Director, Partners for Development(PfD), Mr. Ediri Iruaga; Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Barrister Chidebere Nwoke; General Manager, Water Board Corporation, Abia state, Mr. Joe Ogbonna; Deputy Governor, Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu, Eze of Amiyu Uhu Community, Ifeanyi Udeagha and Mission Director, United States Agency International Development(USAID), Mr. Stephen Haykin during the commissioning of Water and Sanitation facilities in Amiyi Uhu community in Abia state.

343 Comments

  1. NIGERIA MUST BE A WORLD – LEADER IN RESPECT OF THE NUMBER OF WATER BORE HOLES IN COUNTRY.

    USAID & The Coca-Cola Foundation, WE COMMEND YOUR EFFORT.

    STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF NIGERIA:

    WHAT ARE YOU REALLY DOING? HOW MUCH IS A WATER BORE HOLE INSTALLATION.IT TAKES USAID AND COCA COLA FOUNDATIONS TO PROVIDE YOUR CITIZENS WITH WATER.

    THAT IS INCOMPETENCE.RISE UP AND WAKE UP TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

  2. USAID has been one of the biggest NGOs I have ever known them for great contribution to our dear country may they continue in their developmental work

  3. That’s a good one. Thanks and Weldon.i just pray the tap should continued to be supervised to avoid getting roth

  4. USAID has been one of the biggest NGOs that I have ever heard of, and they are really helping people and organizations a lot. May God continue to help them

  5. That’s good…but the problem is maintaining this project. I bet that in the next two years,you will be surprise of what this project has become.

  6. This development is good but they need to do more not only on water but provide more jobs for people and i hope this one will not die in few years to come like others.

  7. That good at list it will help a lot of people in that state. This is part of what our government ought to me doing

  8. This is to show government that if they can’t do these things, God will send those that will. Good one.

  9. Congratulations to both states, they should extend it to other states which are seriously in need of water

  10. USAIDS and COCACOLA more grease to your elbow,with this laudable project, you’ve saved a whole number of children

  11. This is a heart cheering news and a welcome development. However, I passionately advise the two companies to visit my community (INIKIRI ICHARI), under Ado LGA of Benue State for such assistance. My community is in dare need of social amenities such as pipe bone water motorable roads, electricity, schools, hospitals, to mention a few

  12. That a very good job and let them continue with the good work.water is one major thing we all need in Nigeria

  13. There should a total scrapping of any ministry of works and water development and their budget channeled to functional ministries cos it’s been borehole all the way. Kudos Coca Cola and partners

  14. I just wish other companies will be challenged to do the same especially in some villages in the north.

  15. Keep the good work up..this is their way of giving back to the society..please extend this to other states

  16. Kudos to USAID for a job well done….we hope this project will continue in other states as well.

  17. There is nothing special in what they did aftrall they make much money from the masses who patronize there product day in day out. It is pay back time.

  18. Wonderful development… Hope more organizations, Governmental and non-governmental would put their heads together and make this country a better place

  19. This is a welcome development. Keep touching the lives of the people and improving way of living. A lot of our communities lack clean water resources but more of this philanthropic services, it will go along to reduce the problems and provide affordable drinking water for the people.

  20. That’s a plus to the development of the nation. If the initiation could go round the country. Twill be mind blowing

  21. Nice project and development indeed! The risk of water borne diseases would be reduced when people will have access to safely managed sanitation

  22. Wonderful!
    To complete a project that will reach more than 44,800 Nigeria, Is not a small money.
    Thanks to USAID and The Coca-Cola Foundation for the good wirj

  23. Thanks to God for this wonderful achievements by the WADA, at least if they continue like this poverty could be eradicated in our country Nigeria….

  24. That’s really a good one from USAID and COCA COLA.. At the same time it’s so disheartening that our governments are not doing the needful or basic things for the masses.. It’s the duty of the government to provide good water supply for it’s citizens.. Out leaders should wake up please

  25. Thanks to WADA for this initiative. Nothing is as rewarding as meeting the needs of those who can’t pay back

  26. It’s a good work in process. Please extend the grace to other parts of the country. We all need good quality water

  27. What a good work there @ USAID and COCA COLA God bless you both and increase you the more people will benefit from this project

  28. This is a welcomed development at the same time urge other NGO’s to please emulate such and they should also make plans for maintenance because is not good you buy new car be driving it without maintenance.

  29. Kudos to them they should keep up the good job, they should continue to provide pipe borne water to the community.

  30. This is a good and welcome development by USAID and Coca-Cola, and I encourage them to extend it to other communities in Nigeria.

  31. That’s a good project to the state as a whole, it will help complement the water supply in the state and also improve the economic standard of the state, kudos to coke and co.

  32. That a good one. I wish other non profit organizations will do this in other rural communities so that they could have access to clean and safe water.

  33. Wow…good job to the two companies….they still helped in something than other foundations that are not doing anything

  34. This is beautiful! Don’t stop the good work. Let the two companies continue with the good work. Good name Is much better than money

  35. Good indeed, thank God nice developmental project.God bless them for putting smiles in the faces of Abians and Rivers

  36. USAID and Coca Cola, you’ve done.well. I don’t know about WADA before but now I know. Keep up the good works n our communities.

  37. USAID has been one of the biggest NGOs I have ever known them for great contribution to our dear country may they continue in their developmental work
    What am seeing shouldn’t be trend online.

  38. WADA is doing very well, they are give n back to society, God bless the staff and management of WADA.

  39. What a nice development to the state and this country at large. We need such programmes in this Nation.

  40. Very great initiative by USAID and coca cola foundation in ensuring portable and safe drinking water is available.

  41. Wow that’s a good one
    They really tried
    What the govnor of the two state could not do they did it
    At least is a plus to the state..
    God bless them

  42. WADA you have done a great job, thanks to USAID and Coca cola for your commitment to this great development.

  43. Beautiful so lovely…wish all the company in Nigeria we be doing this kind of development Nigeria would be better.

  44. This is a welcome development the communities Can have access to good and portable water if the project is completed

  45. Job well done. If all top companies do there quarter by giving back to the community like this, then the basic needs of life will be available to everyone.

  46. A very positive way of creating a positive impact the life of the less priviledge and is nice move from WADA.

  47. Hmmm water commissioning. When are we going to grow out of this mess. Chai… the giant of Africa? We should have outgrown this stage of having pipe borne

  48. Congratulations to the beneficiaries of this project, and kudos to USAID and Coca Cola foundation, may God bless them

  49. That’s very wonderful. I hope they will be able to maintain the facility and utilise it to reach everyone.

  50. This is a good testimony to show that even though things are generally wrong in the nation, some persons are getting it right

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