January 19 2017
The Federal Government of Nigeria today in Abuja launched the recently gazetted Water Use and License 2016 document.
Speaking at the workshop on National Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the National Water Resources Policy on Integrated Water Resources Management in Nigeria, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE who was represented by the Director of Water Supply of the Ministry, Engr. Benson Ajisegiri said that the document would address a lot of issues like protection, conservation, control, equitable development and maintenance of environmental integrity of the nation’s freshwater and non-freshwater including its strategies for achieving set goals in the sector.
The Minister added that the document would provide the National Water Resources Policy (2016) the impetus to facilitate and enhance sustainable access to safe and adequate water to meet current and future water needs of all Nigerians.
“Underlying the principle of the policy is the recognition that water is a key driver of economic development as it has direct impact on health, education, food security, industrialization, urbanization, environment among others”, he said.
According to him, the document which was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources has contributions from other line ministries such as Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Civil Society Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations and Development Partners with the regulatory power vested on the Commission to champion the advancement of water security and governance nationwide.
The Executive Director, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Commission, Engr. Reuben Habu said that the formulation of the policy spanned over a period of ten years and it is aimed at giving direction to the attainment of set government goals for the water sector. He added that it would also streamline and assign institutional responsibilities in this respect.
In his goodwill message, the European Union Representative, Mr. Peter DeVillez, said that the EU has been supporting reform in the Water and Sanitation sector in Nigeria for more than ten years and most especially in the ministry’s efforts to update the National Water Law and the National Water Policy.
“With a working Policy document to guide the sector in the increasingly uncertain future it behoves on all of us to prepare ourselves for the enacting of the new Water Bill that would become a substantive Water Law”, he said.