Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has inaugurated an eight-man committee to develop a blueprint and an action plan to strengthen the River Basin Development Authorities, RBDAs.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the minister explained that there were currently 12 river basin developments authorities in different locations of the country under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, adding that since its establishment in 1976, the authorities had not been able to achieve its full potential due to policy inconsistencies and reversals over the years.
Engr. Adamu noted that in a bid to tackle the various challenges that the river basin authorities face, ranging from funding inadequacies to obsolete plant and equipment, operation and maintenance challenges, inadequate regulatory and legal framework to enable the river basin development authorities function efficiently, conclusions were reached from a retreat that took place at the end of 2015 to set up a committee to strengthen the operations of the river basin authorities.
The minister, who noted that the committee had four weeks to submit their report, charged the members to work hard to meet up with the new demands of agricultural revolution in the country as the success of the Buhari administration would largely depend on the effective performance of the river basin authorities giving their potentials to boot agricultural production, reduce poverty and create jobs.
The committee chaired by Engr. Nuruddeen Rafindadi is expected to recommend criteria for determination of sustainable and standardised tariff regime for the services of the RBDAs, conduct scoping studies for each of the RBDAs with a view of articulating an effective planning, development and management strategy for each of them among others.
In addition, prepare and submit a draft blueprint and action plan to strengthen the RBDAs by February 15.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the committee, the chairman thanked the minister for the opportunity and promised that they would work hard to achieve the desired goal because they had a passion for the water resources sector.

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