Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, said the federal government is poised to tackle challenges in the water sector arising from poor water supply and sanitation.
He stated this yesterday in Abuja while addressing stakeholders in the water sector during the handing over ceremony that ushered in a new Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta.
According to the minister, there are challenges of water supply in the country, adding that the agricultural agenda cannot be achieved without adequate water supply.
“There is a serious challenge of water supply in this country. Even though state governments are supposed to play their part in this area, as a ministry we have the responsibility of regulating, monitoring and setting standards.
‘‘Agriculture is one of the driving force of this administration. You cannot talk about agriculture without water; if it is not rainfall, we have to talk about irrigation.”
He also cited sanitation as a major area of concern which will be dealt with. “We have a problem of sanitation and I think the whole country should not lose focus on this.”
The minister said there is need for team work amongst all departments to achieve the desired result.
“There will be no territorial tendencies in this regard as long as I remain minister here. Your concept of ownership should be the whole ministry and not just your department. We must be result oriented and whatever targets are set for us by the administration, we must work towards it.”
He said indiscipline would not be condoned, as all must follow due process.
At the end of the day, what matters is that we are able to deliver on what we were asked to do. This administration is coming with a lot of accountable leadership and transparency.
While acknowledging that there is continuity in government, the new permanent secretary said they are going to build on the successes of those who left, ensure that they achieve their mandate and key into the change agenda.

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