‘I inherited 116 abandoned projects’

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Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu has said he inherited about 116 ongoing and abandoned projects on assumption of office in 2015.

The minister, who spoke at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop for Water Resources Correspondents, Editors and News Analysts in the Nigerian Water sector, said out of the number, 34 had been completed while many others had been accorded priority for early completion before the current administration ends in 2023.

He said the provision of potable water supply across Nigeria is a complementary shared constitutional responsibility of the three tiers of government.

Adamu stressed that “while the Federal Government provides the bulk raw water via its over 200 dams across the country, it is the responsibility of respective state governments to provide potable water directly to the people”.

The minister said the Federal Government, through its Ministry of Water Resources, is responsible for policy formulation, advice, data collection, monitoring and reporting as well as making special interventions which have led to the completion of many water schemes nationwide.

He said the government had, in the last six years, increased capacity for water supply to 146,669,125 litres per day and enabled additional 12.5 million population coverage.

Adamu added that state governments, through their ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), are directly responsible for the provision of water supply to urban, small towns and rural areas.

The local government authorities, he said, are responsible for the provision of potable water to rural communities in their jurisdiction.