By Ese Awhotu
The Federal Government has said it has begun frantic efforts to proffer solutions to the water stressed regions in Chad Basin and the Kamadugu-Yob Basin.
Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu disclosed this yesterday at the 25th National Council on Water Resources meeting held at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
He said that, under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Lake environmental challenges have been brought to the attention of the international community as major causes of the insecurity crisis in the North-Eastern Nigeria.
The Minister, said that the Ministry of Water Resources has championed the signing of an MoU between the Lake Chad Basin Commission, LCBC, and a Chinese company that is presently undertaking further feasibility study on the proposed inter Basin Water Transfer Project from the Congo Basin into Lake Chad.
The Minister also disclosed that another MoU was only recently signed between LCBC and the Italian Government that has committed 1.5 million Euro towards finalizing the feasibility studies on the proposed interbasin Water Transfer Project.
He said the plan for the water sector is naturally to build on the achievements made in the last three years and to pursue final passage of the National Water Resources Bill into law and ensure its implementation along with all other approved policies in the sector to engender best practice in Nigeria’s Water Governance.
The National Council on Water Resources 25th Regular Meeting began yesterday in Abuja.
A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Kenechukwu Offie, in Abuja said that, the meeting, had increased investments for accelerated coverage of water supply and sanitation in Nigeria’’ as its theme.
It said that the annual meeting, which was the highest forum for policy and decision making on the water sector, was aimed at taking crucial decisions on the development and management of the nation’s water resources.
The last council meeting, was held in Akure and it recommended that a state of emergency should be declared on the country’s water and sanitation sector.