ENGR ADAMU HAS STRESSED THE NEED TO SPEED UP THE CRIP AND THE OPERATIONAL PLAN

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES

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ENGR ADAMU HAS STRESSED THE NEED TO SPEED UP THE CRIP AND THE OPERATIONAL PLAN

The Chairman of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) Council of Ministers and Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu FNSE, FAEng has stated that NBA Member Countries must speed up the implementation of both the Climate Resilience Investment Plan (CRIP) and the Operational Plan (OP) in order for populations and companies to feel the impact of NBA in their lives and activities.

The Minister made the statement yesterday Thursday, 27th May, 2021 in Abuja at the Extraordinary Session of Ministers of Niger Basin Authority.

In his opening speech, the Engr. Adamu said that it has been an interesting five (5) years of service as Chairman, NBA Council of Ministers. He enumerated some achievements of NBA under his tenue as: regular holding of the NBA statutory meetings, particularly the meetings of the Regional Steering Committee of NBA Projects and Programmes and the Ordinary and Extraordinary Sessions of the Council of Ministers, commencement of mobilization of funds for building the NBA headquarters.

Speaking further, EngrAdamu enlisted other achievements to include: strengthening of the NBA legal framework with the adoption of Annex 2 on Water Regulations for the Coordinated Management of Dams and Annex 4 on the Sharing of Costs and Benefits for Common Infrastructure and Common Interest Infrastructure, commencement of mobilization of funds for building the NBA headquarters, establishment of the Network of NBA Journalists and Communicators amongst others.

He equally sincerely thanked all the Development Partners, in particular the World Bank, Lead Member of NBA’s Technical and Financial Partners, for their multifaceted support which enabled them make significant progress towards a sustainable and peaceful integrated development of the Niger Basin.

Earlier in his speech, the NBA Executive Secretary, Abderahim Bireme Hamid noted that the achievements made by NBA are the outcome of the combined individual and collective efforts.

He further stated that, during the Ordinary Sessions of the Council of Ministers held in April 2018 and October 2018 in Abuja, they performed the 2015, 2016 and 2018 account audit, which had been frozen for more than 3 years, had the reservations withdrawn and obtained clearance for implementing the Executive Secretariat’s activities. That was the essential element of their desire to sanitize the NBA house and it enabled the Technical and Financial Partners to come back.

Representative of the Technical and Financial Partners, Jochan Rudolph appreciated the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) Council of Ministers and the Executive Secretariat for their pro-life activities in NBA Member Countries. 

The nine NBA Member Countries are: Benin Republic, Burkina – Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad. They have one goal of improving the socio – economic well – being of the populations within and outside the Basin.

At the end of the session, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations adopted the resolutions on: the roadmap for the implementation of the Organisational Chart adopted by Resolution no.5 of the 39th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers, the construction of the NBA headquarters, the implementation of the Operational Plan amongst, developments on the issue of the European Union among others.

The outgoing Chairman of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) Council of Ministers and Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu FNSE, FAEng promised to always uphold the ideals of NBA as long President Buhari retains him as the Minister of Water Resources.

KenechukwuOffie (Mrs.)

Director (Press and Public Relations Unit)

28th May,2021.

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