(Food & Beverages)
AS part of its commitment to good governance, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coca-Cola Company have announced support for a $2m water program under the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) project.
Under the new project, about 100, 000 people of Cross River State are to enjoy access to safe drinking water and good sanitation facilities by 2019.
At a programme to sign the Memorandum of Understanding in Lagos, Acting U.S. Consul General in Lagos William Steuer, said, “The U.S. Government is committed to engaging in effective and innovative alliances with committed partners to support Nigeria’s critical development needs”.
He added, “We are proud to collaborate with Coca-Cola to bring a sustainable and safe water solution to thousands of people in Nigeria”.
During the signing event, USAID Director to Nigeria, Michael T. Harvey said, “Today, we are consolidating a special partnership, one in which a private firm has joined with a U.S. Government Agency to contribute to a priority set by the Government of Nigeria.”
This joint investment is aligned with USAID and Coca Cola’s shared focus on clean water provision as a means to help build healthy, sustainable communities in Nigeria.
USAID and Coca Cola have been collaborating in the country since 2007.
The partnership has helped in the improvement of water resource management and expanded sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in Kano and Enugu States.
The WADA project helps to control and prevent water-related diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and diarrhoea by providing water and sanitation services, hygiene education, and establishing Water, Environment, and Sanitation Committees in communities where the project works.
This new agreement will provide a framework to implement WADA and to allow the parties to establish a range of policy issues to achieve their shared objectives in Nigeria.