The European Union (EU) has signed financial
agreements amounting to over N32 billion with the
Nigerian government to boost the execution of
developmental projects across the country.
The EU approved the sum of Euro 80 million (about
Naira16 billion) to finance the implementation of the
second phase of the Water Supply and Sanitation
Sector Reform Project (WSSSRP II) in the six EU focal
States, namely, Anambra, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano,
Osun and Yobe.
The project aims at consolidating the achievements
of the first phase of the Water Supply and Sanitation
Sector Reform Project (WSSSRP) with a view to
addressing the remaining fundamental weakness of
the Nigerian water and sanitation sector which is lack
of or inadequate legal and institutional framework at
both the federal and state levels.
Highlighting the breakdown the agreement which was
signed by Ambassador David Macrae, the Head of
Delegation of the EU in Nigeria, and Dr
Shamsuddeen Usman, the Minister and Deputy
Chairman of the National Planning Commission, in a
statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by
Modestus Chukwulaka of the Politics, Economic,
Trade, Information and Communication (PORTIC)
Section, Delegation of the EU in Nigeria, the
Delegation said the project will also implement the
construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation
facilities in the six States as a contribution for Nigeria
to achieve water and health related MDGs.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
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The project, according to the statement is aimed at consolidating the achievements of the first
phase of the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project (WSSSRP) with a view to
addressing the remaining fundamental weakness of the Nigerian water and sanitation sector
which is lack of or inadequate legal and institutional framework at both the federal and state
“WSSSRP II intends to sustain the improvements on water governance made under the first
phase of the project in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and in the six focal States
through the provision of technical assistance and capacity development to ministries and
agencies responsible for water resources, water and sanitation services delivery at federal level
and in the states.
“A component of the project to support capacity building of State and Local Governments'
agencies responsible for rural water and sanitation as well construction of water supply and
sanitation systems in rural communities will be implemented by UNICEF. While The total cost of
the project is Euro 94 million (about N18.8 billion), of which the six States and Local Government
Areas and benefitting communities will contribute EUR 13 million (about N2.6 billion) as
counterpart fund for the rehabilitation and construction of water supply and sanitation facilities”,
the statement added.
In the same vein, the EU signed an agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria to
support the implementation of the second phase of the National Strategy for Public Service
Reform (NSPSR) with the sum of Euro 20 million (about Naira 4 billion). This agreement is part of
the National Indicative Programme (NIP) with Nigeria, 2008 – 2013, for a total amount of Euro
The project will focus on improving coordination of the federal government's public service
reform programme and strengthening the capacity of six federal agencies in the areas of:
human resource management, performance monitoring, policy planning, development of
statistics and revenue generation; with a view towards the achievement of efficient civil service
administration and effective service delivery. The six agencies are: the Office of Head of Civil
Service of the Federation, National Planning Commission, National Bureau of Statistics, Bureau
of Public Service Reform and Federal Inland Revenue Service. The project will assist these
It may be recalled that the National Planning Commission and the EU, had in April this year,
signed the Financing Agreements for two European Union-funded projects valued at 62 Million
Euros (N12 bn) to support the Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against drugs and
related organised crime, and the justice sector reform in the country.
The signing of the two financing agreements by the Honourable Minister/Deputy Chairman,
National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman and the Ambassador and EU Head of
Delegation in Nigeria and ECOWAS, H.E. Dr. David MacRae followed a similar event on 19
March 2012, during which the financing agreement for a project supporting the fight against
corruption in Nigeria was signed. All three projects are being implemented by UNODC.
The justice sector project which is worth 27 million Euros (about N5.3bn) will contribute towards
improving the effectiveness, accessibility, accountability, transparency and fairness of the justice
system while 36 million euro is dedicated to support the Fight against Drugs and Organised
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of the Commission described the two projects
as remarkable and also fully aligned to the Government’s vision 20-2020 as well as the present
Administration’s reform agenda, in both its broad and specific terms. Dr. Usman also said that
the two projects are aimed at promoting good governance, security, transparency,
accountability, curbing drugs, organised crime and reforming in the justice sector. The Minister
stated that Federal Government recognises the need for a better coordination of the entire
justice sector, which involves the police, the courts and the prisons.
Dr. MacRae noted that the overall objective of the projects is to promote good governance and
the rule of law, and contribute to Nigeria's efforts in the reform of the justice sector and in
addressing drug and related crime in Nigeria. In both cases the expected results are intended to
enhance the development of Nigeria for the benefit of its citizens.
The justice sector project is targeted to benefit amongst others, the Federal Ministry of Justice,
the Federal Judiciary, the National Judicial Institute, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian
Prisons Service and the National Planning Commission. Other important stakeholders expected
to benefit from the project are the National Human Rights Commission, the Legal Aid Council of
Nigeria, and selected State Ministries of Justice and Judiciary.
The main beneficiaries of the 35 million Euros (N6.8bn) project targeting at the fight against
drugs and related crime, are the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria
Police Force, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the National
Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), together with non-state
stakeholders (CSOs, media, academia). Relevant Ministries (Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal
Ministry of the Interior, and Federal Ministry of Health), Departments and Agencies will also be
key partners in the implementation of the project.