The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu FNSE, FAEng has said that the Federal Government is on the threshold of achieving the Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), relating to Water and Sanitation.  

The Minister said this on Friday 22nd of November, 2019 while delivering his keynote address at the ongoing 26th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Water Resources (NCWR) with the theme: “Water, Sanitation and Job Creation” taking place in Minna, Niger State.

In the address, Engr. Adamu reiterated that in order to kick start this year’s National Council, President Muhammadu Buhari signed Executive Order 009 entitled “The Open Defecation Free Nigeria by 2025 and other related matters’ Order” which will see to the end of the menace of Open Defecation in Nigeria by 2025.

He further disclosed that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo Launched and flagged off the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign initiative earlier in the week. This initiative, he stated will underscore the urgent need to increase the level of awareness amongst the populace on the dangers of Open Defecation, imbibing behavioral change, to stop the horrible practice and restoring the dignity of Nigerians by using toilets in homes, schools and other public places.

“Our target is to address and reduce the worrisome statistics of 47 million Nigerians defecating in the open and creating jobs in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector including, the use of by-products from the sanitation value chain in agriculture and energy production”, he said.

The Minister, however regretted the political challenges that attended the Water Bill under consideration by the past National Assembly but, expressed his confidence that the 9th Assembly will favorably consider and pass the Bill into law. He opined that he would continue to work with all Stakeholders and the entire Water Family to persuade Nigerians to appreciate the importance of the Bill, “which will enable sustainable management of our Nation’s Water Resources”.        

Nonetheless, Engr. Adamu appraised the recommendations made during the 25th Council meeting and how assiduously the Federal Ministry of Water Resources under his watch has worked to make the desired progress.

In his address, the Executive Governor of Niger State Alh. (Dr.) Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Alh. Ahmed Ibrahim Matani commended Ministry of Water Resources for sustaining her efforts towards ensuring an Integrated Water Resource Management System for the country. 

The Governor noted “it is the intention of Niger State Government to leverage on all these efforts and the support of the Federal Government to address the age long problems in the sector.”  

Earlier in his opening address, the Niger State Commissioner of Water Resources and Dams Development, Alh. Yusuf Suleiman said that “as we conclude on sustainable ways of funding water projects across the country to create more jobs, it is my hope that governments at all levels will take advantage of the outcomes from this meeting to develop water resources for increased job creation and food security.”

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Ekaro Comfort.C. in her vote of thanks appreciated the Government and good people of Niger State for their warm hospitality.

“She noted that virtually all sectors of the economy rely on water which makes investing in water management and sanitation services absolutely essential for the eradication of poverty and economic growth.”

Kenechukwu Offie (Mrs.)

Director (Information)

22nd November, 2019.

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