The harsh climate, population explosion, among other challenges, are some of the factors that hinder the equitable supply of water among the people of Nigeria.
Minister of Water Resources, Ing. Suleiman Adamu said this has prompted the federal government to take desperate measures, including adopting a national water master plan which is due to be revised in 2022.
The Minister highlighted the challenges of the water sector while addressing industry stakeholders during the review of the national water resources master plan program held in Kano.
Engr. Adamu revealed that Nigeria faces increasing population growth and uneven distribution of rainfall across the country, which invariably overloads the use of groundwater,
However, he stressed the urgent need for coordinated management of water resources by all levels of government to stem the growing concern.
The minister who made the disclosure also regretted the lack of political will from successive governments to implement the master plan since its development in 1995.
Represented by the director of water resources and technical planning at the ministry, Ms. Alice Ojokwu, the minister reassured that the federal government is determined to activate the roadmap to stimulate national integration on water development.
Engr. Adamu recalled that the new action plan activated the full participation of states in the irrigation sub-sector and called for inclusive investment in infrastructure to optimize the water retained in the dam reservoir.
He explained that the essence of the stakeholder meeting which drew participants from the northwestern states of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina, was to sensitize relevant state agencies and ministries to the content of the national master plan for revised water resources.
“The National Water Resources Master Plan was first developed by the ministry in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA in 1995.
“The plan was the first integrated development plan aimed at optimizing the country’s water resources as well as financial and economic investment options in water resources development to achieve accelerated growth, integrated and coordinated development of the country. water, agricultural production and food security.