The problem of portable water supply in the country will soon be a thing of the past as the Federal Government plans to promote Public Private Partnership in the sector.
According to the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, “the move is an effective approach to increasing investment in the sector”.
He went further to state that the adoption of renewable energy such as solar to power water supply and irrigation facilities as well as the adoption of drip irrigation to enhance water conservation and efficient irrigation practices are additional strategies that have been adopted to enhance the sector and ensure efficient use of current and future investments.
Adamu also stated that it has become necessary thatconcerted efforts must be put inplace toimprove the trend towards achieving 100% access to water supply by 2030, atime when the population is estimated to grow to 257 million, in accordance with the newly adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Nigeria is blessed with abundant water resources he said, but sustainability is threatened by land degradation, deforestation, rapid population growth, poor sectoral investment, as well as climate change. All of these have placed pressure on water resources systems of our country, he lamented.
“it is therefore compelling that we manage our water resources scientifically and scientifically and professionally in tandem with international best practices. This, therefore explains the intervention we are currently undertaking in the sector. Nigeria is indeed not a water-poor country but due to inequitable distribution, poor sectoral investment and other challenges, can be regarded as potentially water stressed”.