The Federal Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Sulieman H. Adamu has said that the Federal Government has taken a number of steps to combat the challenges facing Water and Sanitation sector in the country.

Speaking on Monday21st May, 2018 in Abuja at a one-day workshop with the theme“State water utility turn around and governance reform”, Engr. Adamu stated that the Ministry has taken a number of steps to combat the challenges beginning with National retreats that took place in September 2017 and February 2018 where critical stakeholders that include Policy Makers, Legislators and Development Partners actively participated and contributed to charting the way forward. The workshop was held for State Commissioners of Water Resources and Policy makers.

The outcomes of these retreats according to the Honorable Minister, resulted in the development of a National WASH Action Plan which sets out a 13-year revitalization strategy for the WASH sector. Embedded in the Action Plan according to him, is the establishment of a National WASH FUND as a tool for the promotion of renewed Federal – State partnership and increased financial investment for a WASH with a view to measuring up to regional level of funding.

He said that the Federal Executive Council recently approved the National WASH Action Plan and declared “State of Emergency” in the WASH sector. The WASH Action Plan according to Engr. Adamu, seeks to put the full weight of Federal Government behind addressing the sector’s shortcomings and challenges.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of Water Supply Department, Engr. Benson Ajisegiri said that as part of commitment to ensure the smooth launch ofthe Action Plan, the Ministry in collaboration with the World Bank, is currently running three workshops in utility financing and turnaround targeting utility management.

Continuing, he said the workshops include Utility Financing and Turnaround, State Water Commissioners workshop and the workshop with Civil Society and Development Partners.

The three workshops, Engr. Ajisegiri explained are aimed at raising awareness of the plan within the sector and build capacity to improve utility financing, performance and efficiency.

He thanked the World Bank for initiating and partnering with the Ministry for the workshops and other numerous assistance and expertise rendered towards the on – going reform of the urban water services.

KenechukwuOffie (Mrs.)
Director (Press and Public Relations Unit)