Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has revealed that the ministry has cleaned up the moribund draft National Water Bill, National Water Policy and National Irrigation Policy, which are now ready for presentation to the Federal Executive Council.
He gave the revelation yesterday in Abuja during the public presentation of the water sector road map tagged, ‘Immediate and Long Term Strategies for the Water Sector 2016-2030.’
According to the minister, when the policy is approved and the bill is passed into law, the water sector will be equipped with effective governance to create a stable and attractive environment for investors and development partners in the sector.
Engr. Adamu further stated that in recognition of the nation’s agricultural potential to not only boost its ability to feed the citizens but also provide the largest opportunity to create jobs for teeming youths, concrete steps had been taken to resuscitate the River Basin Development Authorities, RBDAs.
“The first step was to develop a blue print and action plan for resuscitation of RBDAs with the objectives of restoring mandate, building institutional capacity, maximising output and creating job opportunities through irrigation farming.”
Speaking on the water resources road map, he explained that it covered the implementation of a special National Water Supply Sanitation Programme to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, tagged ‘Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, PEWASH, 2016-2030.’
In her remarks, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Rabi Jimeta said there was need to adhere to the recommendations of the road map, especially in scaling up water coverage and sanitation and irrigated agriculture.
She stated that the current national access to water supply in 2015 was 69 percent.
This she said implied that 31 percent or 52.7 million Nigerians do not have access to water supply.
“It is therefore imperative to change the trend to achieve 100%access to water supply to our citizens by the year 2030,”she stated.

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