The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has called for co-operation among Nigeria’s water, energy and food security sectors towards addressing all challenges hindering socio-economic development.
Adamu made the call on Tuesday at the opening of a three-day Inter-Sectoral Policy National Dialogue on “the Nexus of Water -Energy-Food Security” held in Abuja.
The workshop was organised by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and German International Cooperation (GiZ).
He said mismanagement of one sector could affect the viability of other sectors and compromise the livelihoods of the people and the ecosystem.
Adamu, represented by the Director, Water Quality and Sanitation, Mr Emmanuel Awe said the nexus approach reflected the interlink between Water, Energy, Food Security and Environment.
He expressed the need to integrate all sectors towards promoting positive impact, socio -economic development and management of resources.
Adamu said increasing activities due to urbanisation, agriculture and industrialisation, had resulted in the pollution of fresh water with serious adverse effects on health and wellbeing.
While expressing the Federal Government’s gratitude to the NBA and experts, he urged all participants to show more commitment for effective and efficient implementation of all NBA projects and programmes.
Regional Coordinator, Nexus GIZ and EU, Robert Kronefield and NBA representative, Bamidele Olatunji, said the workshop would strengthen stakeholders’ capacity in planning, policy development and implementation of the NEXUS approach.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the first phase of the NBA and German Cooperation (NBA-GIZ) NEXUS Project (2016-2020) placed strong emphasis on regional integration of the NEXUS approach and capacity building.
The NEXUS project takes an integrated view of the water, energy and agriculture sectors, as these are all competing for the same scarce resources.
It allows an optimal balance of interests in the use of resources, manage conflicts and human rights risks appropriately, and respect the limits of the planet’s ecological resilience.
Nigerian Government on Thursday urged member states of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) to put measures in place to halt pollution of water resources in the region.
This was the thrust at the ongoing Niger Basin-Iullemeden Aquifer System (NB-ITTAS) Regional Validation Workshop on the Standards of Discharged Wastewater in Abuja.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, said all individuals and organisations must comply and act in the collective interest to improve water quality and protect water resources.
According to him, degradation of water quality and the effects of climate change on water resources are significant concerns of river basin management organisations.
“Indeed, the efficient and integrated management of the water resources available to meet the requirements of the various users in the basin requires our countries and our joint institution, the NBA.
“It is important to state that the evolution of water resources quality in the basin and the discharge of wastewater have to be monitored, given the continuous increase in industrial, mining, and agricultural activities.
“Indeed, wastewater management poses many legal, institutional, financial, economic, and cultural challenges. It follows, therefore, that individuals and organisations must comply and act in the collective interest to improve water quality and protect water resources,’’ the minister said.
Adamu, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, said the workshop would propose concrete and standard measures to mitigate the release of pollutants, particularly those of anthropogenic origin.
He reiterated Federal Government’s support and commitment to the implementation process of the UNIDO-TEST component in particular and its NB-ITTAS project in general.
The National Coordinator, National Focal Structure (NFS) Nigeria, Mrs Alice Ojowu, said the workshop aimed at validating the draft Wastewater Discharge Standards Project and deepening experiences of water quality monitoring and data basins.
She said Nigeria attached great importance to Integrated Water Resources Management of shared water, hence, its strong commitment to trans-boundary water organisations like the NBA.
“It is important to note here, that the River Niger is of special significance to all member countries who depend on the resources of the river for their livelihood.
“The workshop objectives also include the capitalisation of the experiences in terms of Water Quality Monitoring and Data sharing in basins similar to Niger Basin,’’ Ojowu said.
Mr Jean Bakole, UNIDO Regional Director, said the NB-ITTAS project was aimed to fight pollution in the Niger Basin, saying its tools included the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies (TEST) methodology.
He said this was already being deployed in 20 pilot industries in the nine countries of the Niger Basin.
“The aim is to support them in optimising their production costs (consumption of raw materials, energy and water) in order to reduce their pollutant discharges,’’ Bakole said.
He, however, stressed the need for concerted efforts toward improving resilience activities in the River Niger area.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NBA works to foster cooperation and develop the resources of the basin and the Niger River.
Its member countries include; Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad. (