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FG continues to revitalize water supply

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By Usman Oladimeji

Rehabilitation of dams has been carried out in 22 states in the country.

The Nigerian government has reiterated its continuous efforts in implementing dam projects and enhancing water supply across the country as it implements a new initiative of utilizing the rehabilitation of river basins. Also, the rehabilitation of dams has been carried out in 22 states in the country. This was revealed in a report delivered by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, in December 2022, tagged President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration scorecard in the water sector (2015-2023).

In addition to the 116 water supply and hydropower Irrigation projects that the ministry had inherited from the 1980s, Adamu said that the River Basin Authorities had successfully completed hundreds of water supply projects. According to the minister, the government agency in charge of water management has joined with the Private Sector to assist in empowering young people through one of its initiatives. By the year 2022, the number of jobs that will be created will have increased to 16,648 from 8,882 in 2019.

6,761 water projects were built in Nigeria’s cities and towns.

As a furtherance of its efforts, the Ministry facilitated the Empowerment of 626,642 individuals in 2019 and over 1,227,477 individuals in 2022 so far toward the accomplishment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge, made on June 12, to lift 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty over the course of the following ten years. Adamu stressed that Nigerians have ample access to improved clean and potable water across the nation, noting that this is a priority for the government. Since 2016, the proportion of the population that has access to drinking water services that were securely managed has progressively increased, going from 3.7 percent to 13 percent in 2021.

This indicates that an extra 21 million Nigerians consume water that comes from a cleaner source that is easily accessible on the premises, available whenever it is required, and free from Pollution by feces and priority chemicals. It was also revealed that 6,761 water projects were built in Nigeria’s cities, towns, and rural regions, generating 794,334,000 liters of water per day and supplying it to 32,008,600 people. All these are geared toward the same end of increasing the availability of clean water in Nigeria.

Fifteen dams had been restored in nine different states in the country.

Among the government intervention to enhance potable water supply across the country highlighted by the minister is the Patigi Water Supply Project, Patigi, Kwara State, ABU Zaria Water Supply Project, Zaria, Kaduna State, and Ezealakpaka Water Supply Project, Mbano, Imo State, Damaturu Water Supply Project LOT B and C, Damaturu, Yobe State, Akanu Water Supply Project Ohafia, Abia State, Uburu Water Supply Project Ohaozala, Ebonyi State, Nasarawa Water Supply Project Nasarawa State, and the Amla-Otukpo Dam Benue State.

When discussing the maintenance and management of dams, the report indicated that 400 dams in Nigeria had been activated, and these dams have the capacity to supply 11.2 billion cubic meters of water for irrigation, 900 million cubic meters for water supply, and 18 billion cubic meters for the generation of hydropower. On the other hand, it shows that 15 dams have been restored in nine different states, while another eight dams were still in the process of being rehabilitated.

Highlighting the completed and revitalized from 2016 to 2022.

According to the report, between 2016 to 2022, the Dams projects that were completed and revitalized include the Kashimbilla Multipurpose Dam situated in Taraba State (500 MCM), 2017; Gimi Dam, Kaduna State (4.5 MCM), 2017; Kargo Dam (Rehabilitation), Kaduna State (2.3 MCM), 2017; Sulma Dam, Katsina State (4.0 MCM), 2018; Ibiono-Ibom Dam, Akwa Ibom State (0.3 MCM), 2018; Ogwashi-Uku Dam, Delta State (4 MCM), 2019; and Kampe Omi Dam (Rehabilitation), Kogi State (250MCM), 2019.


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