Nigerian government says 25% of the abandoned projects in the water sector will be completed in 2017.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, stated this when the 44 member House Committee on Water Resources paid him a visit in Abuja the Nation’s Capital.
Mr Adamu reiterated his earlier stand that the Ministry would not be involved in the construction of new projects but would rather complete abandoned water projects nationwide.
The Minister called for adequate and timely release of budgetary allocations to the sector in order to contribute immensely towards the realisation of the policy drive of this administration.
He also called on the members of the Committee to comply with guidelines that would summarise the yet to be released Water Resources Master Plan in selecting constituency projects.
Henceforth, all projects must follow the Master Plan for projects implementation and monitoring, and most especially, the River Basins must be made to function for the original mandate they were meant for, he said.
However, he added that to capture any new project, such project must be in the Water Resource Master Plan, support the energy deficiency of the nation and support the Ministry flagship farmers’ empowerment scheme that would drive the Agricultural policy of the country.
I humbly solicit your usual cooperation and understanding to assist the Ministry to enable it continue to carry out its mandate more efficiently and effectively in the interest of this great nation, he added.
On his part the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Aliyu Pategi said that the visit which is part of their constitutional duties is aimed at scrutinizing the Ministry’s books and addressing its general performance with emphasis on the 2015/2016 financial year.
He said the Committee has been in a good working relationship with the Ministry and hopes to further strengthen that relationship for the benefit of the nation.
Source: Voice of Nigeria