The Federal government through the Ministry of Water Resources recently presented the water sector’s Roadmap, tagged “Immediate and Long Term Strategies for the Water Sector 2016-2030”
Making the Presentation in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of water resources Eng. Suleiman Adamu said the “Roadmap encompasses 8 major programmes /projects and targets 100% access to water for citizens by year 2030”
The programmes include establishing a policy and regulatory framework, organization and manpower review and prioritization and implementation of the Ministry’s projects among others.
Eng. Suleiman Said “to actualize the Roadmap, we have identified a detailed implementation plan, the execution of which is now fully on course. In this regard, we are in strong collaboration with the federal ministries of agriculture, Power, Justice, Finance, Budget and National planning, among others”
In his presentation of the Roadmap, the Minister theorized that the current National access to water supply in 2015 stood at 69%, implying that 31% or 52.7 million Nigerians do not have access to water supply.
Eng. Suleiman maintained that the National Water Resources Master Plan indicates that Nigeria has a Hydro-power Potential of about 12,220MW, of which only about 1,930MW had been developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro dams. Further adding that “There are 17 existing dams with combined potential hydropower capacity of over 200 MW that are yet to be exploited
Therefore, in order to meet the target of the Sustainable Development goal 4, it is important to change the trend to achieve 100% access to water supply to all citizens of the country by the year 2030 when the population is estimated to grow to about 257million.