FEC approves 16-year National Water Resources Master Plan, says Minister

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–  The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a 16-year Water Master Plan to ensure proper management and development of the nation’ water .

The Minister of Water , Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, said this in , when she briefed State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting, which was presided over by President .

Ochekpe said that the master plan was developed by the ministry in partnership with the Japan International Agency, and would be implemented in three phases.

According to her, the first phase last 2014 – 2020, the second phase 2021 – 2025, and the third phase 2026 – 2030.

“We got an approval for the Water Master Plan 2013, which we developed in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.

“The master plan last 2014 to 2030 and the intention of the plan is to ensure that the water resources in Nigeria are properly managed.

“That we have adequate and utilisation of water in the country in acceptable quality and standard and we have coverage. [eap_ad_1] “ the master plan, it is intended that we be able to gather and collate appropriate information that help in terms of hydrological, hydro-metrological and hydro-geological information management within each hydrological area and basin within the country.“

According to Ochekpe, the plan also contains proposals how to use water resources to mitigate the effect of climate change to support the development of irrigated agriculture in Nigeria.

She said that the master plan recognised the roles and responsibility of all stakeholders in water sector and would ensure proper investment in the water resources development in the country.

The minister said that the master plan, which acknowledged the fact that government funding of the water sector might not be enough to bring about the development of the sector, proposed the commercialisation of water services to increase the base of the sector for the maintenance and development of new ones.

Ochekpe said that the plan had also identified the sector and the Public Partnership as additional sources of funding for the sector.

She said that donor agencies would complement the limited budgetary allocations the Federal Government, adding that by the master plan’ estimation, the nation’ demand for water would increase its current 5.93 cubic metres per year to 16.58 cubic metres in 2030. (NAN)