Rural water supply projects and sustainable development in Nigeria

Ihuah, PW and Kakulu, II 2014, 'Rural water supply projects and sustainable development in Nigeria' , Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (JSDA), 16 (1) , pp. 56-68.

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The study reviews the sustainability issues that are associated with rural community water provision and some of the challenges experienced in the in Niger Delta region of Nigeria within the context of project benefits sustenance. Several rural communities in Nigeria derive water supply through hand pump operated water supply wells. The sustainability of this approach to water provision was assessed using a qualitative research methodology and undertaking a comparative review of Micro-Projects Programme (MPP3) in Nigeria with that of Volta Region Community Water Supply Programme (VRCWSP), in Ghana. The findings reveal the absence of sustainability in the current approach and the paper recommends that if community based hand pump operated rural water supply projects are to be sustainable; the sustainability factors must be given full consideration in its design and implementation. A post-project management approach is suggested which should be effectively monitored, assessed, linked and integrated into the implementation and post-operational management of hand pumps water supply systems. The use of a community based and community driven project-management options in the management of community rural water supply is proposed as this remains a credible alternative over control by external or government agencies.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Schools > No Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (JSDA)
Publisher: JSDA
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1520-5509
Funders: JSDA
Depositing User: PW Ihuah
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 17:14
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 15:36

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