FG to address water sector challenges

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By Mohammed Usman

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iqued by the challenges facing the water sector in Nigeria, the federal government said it would develop a ‘road map’ that will enable sustainable and positive impact in the sector within a short period.

This move, which was based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Framework, was made known by Minister of Water Resources, Eng. Suleiman Adamu, yesterday in Abuja, during the ministry’s  three-Day Ministerial Retreat for all stakeholders in the sector.

The minister, who declared the retreat open, stressed that it was necessitated by the challenges that have hindered the ministry’s efforts in realizing its responsibilities.

“The ministry has endeavored to accomplish its mandate over the years. However, there are challenges that have hindered the ministry from efficiently accomplishing its responsibility. It is in this regard that we found it necessary to organize this three-day retreat, which is an interactive session between ministry officials and carefully selected resource persons/experts in the water sector.”

He said that if properly harnessed, Nigeria’s water resources can adequately support domestic, industrial, agriculture, hydropower, transportation, recreation and many other uses, saying there are anticipated difficulties in long term availability of fresh water due to growing deficiencies and inadequate policies.

He added that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was desirous of uplifting the life of Nigerian citizens by improving the citizens’ socio-economic wellbeing.

Earlier, in her welcome address, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta, who said that findings from departments, agencies and units, revealed the enormous potentials of water sector, but it also observed many challenges that are hindering the ministry from efficiently accomplishing its responsibility, saying the outcome of the retreat will go a long way in setting the right direction for the sector.

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