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Water Resources Commission seeks partnership with VON

The Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, (NIWRMC) has called for collaboration with Voice of Nigeria, VON, to expose activities of the Commission to Nigerians and the world.

The Executive Director of the Commission, Engineer Bashir Magashi, made the call during a Courtesy visit to Voice of Nigeria, Abuja.

Mr Magashi said the purpose of the visit is to establish and strengthen the relationship with Voice of Nigeria and the Commission in sensitizing and enlightening the public on water resources management.

According to the Executive Director of the Commission, “The mission was to expose the operations of the Commission to Voice of Nigeria, we are just acting like NAFDAC and the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission in those other sectors, in the water sector we are the one to regulate the sector.”

The framework that has given us the ability to regulate the sector are: (a) the 2004 water rescue act (b) the water user regulations of 2016.

The two instruments have given the agency the need to regulate the sector and that is why we are here to introduce what we do and to let the whole world and Nigeria know that we are in place”

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, expressed the Organisation’s readiness to collaborate with the Commission in achieving its mandates.

Mr Okechukwu said the water sector is key to achieving President Buhari’s mission to diversify the economy through job creation and agricultural activities.

“Our own mandate is to tell the world what is going on in Nigeria, we do not add nor subtract, we are not propaganda we tell the truth, we are open to all the agencies, federal ministries and individual.” The Von DG said.

“We appreciate what people are doing, the greatest that has happened might not be pronounced initially because the gestation period of agriculture takes a lot of time but otherwise what President Muhammadu Buhari has launched is a greater revolution, his own is to produce what the general public eat that if two hundred million Nigerians do not produce what they eat, they remain idle and remain poor, we know that the role water plays is backing up agriculture, so we continue to liaise with you to know the development in water scheme,” he added.

The VON Director-General emphasized the need for partnership in addition to Press Releases as this will ensure details and news content are properly sourced and shared across the globe.

The Director-General also said the vision of Voice of Nigeria is to project the Nigerian image and other African countries to the world.

Source: Voice of Nigeria