Why FG is sensitising northern stakeholders on development of water resources
By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has kick-started an advocacy and sensitization workshop on the implementation of the 2013 National Water Resources Master Plan and Nigeria’s Accession to the United Nations Water Convention for Stakeholders in the North-East and North-West geopolitical zones.
In the Opening remarks by the Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu in Bauchi during the weekend, he stated that the essence of organizing the sensitization workshop for stakeholders was to sensitize people about the 2013 National Water Resources Master Plan.
He also noted that it was important for stakeholders to be aware of Nigeria’s Accession to the Convention and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, also known as the UN Water Convention, and know their expected roles in the development of water resources in Nigeria.
He stated, however, that the implementation of an earlier version, the 1995 National Water Resources Master Plan was at a low pace for some reasons but was reviewed in 2013 with the support of the Japanese Government to a more integrated and sustainable approach for the growth and management of the nation’s water resources.
He further stated that the reviewed plan would ensure water quality monitoring, secure clean and safe water; and
ensure effective utilization of existing water resources facilities in line with contemporary needs.