WorldStage Newsonline– The Federal Government of Nigeria has assure stakeholders that it will do the needful to actualize both the immediate and long- term goals of the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu-Yobe Basin (HJKYB) project; sourcing for funds for the implementation of the priority projects and host a donors’ roundtable to prospect for funding.
Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu at a two-day stakeholders’ workshop in Kano on Thursday therefore urged stakeholders to work collectively to achieve the ultimate goal of reducing poverty in Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu-Yobe Basin (HJKYB) through the sustainable development of the basin’s water resources.
The theme of the workshop was “Preparation of Strategic Action Plan For Water Resources Development of the Komadugu Yobe Basin trust fund.”
Represented by Dr Ado Abdullahi, the Managing Director of Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority, the minister said the workshop was organised to ensure the implementation of reforms in the management of water resources in the country.
“We have a framework for the operation and optimization of Tiga and Chalawa reservoirs and a strategic action plan for sustainably harnessing the water resources of the HJKYB.
The Executive Secretary of HJKYB, Dr Hassan Bdliya, said the purpose of the workshop was to explain how funds for the project were obtained, how it has been executed to date and the next steps to move the process forward.
According to him, the project was planned to run for a period of 22 months, but it spent 33 months.
“The contract was signed in July 2016 and was launched on January 1, 2017.”
Bdliya noted that at the end of the workshop the stakeholders would organise a donor roundtable to source for funding for the projects that had been identified and confirmed to be bankable.
He commended Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe for fulfilling his pledges by 50 per cent and the Chad Basin Development Authority (HJRBA), for their support towards the project.
Earlier, the Kano State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engr. Sule Riruwai, commended the HJKYB for organising the workshop in Kano.
“We hope that at the end of the stakeholders’ workshop a final decision would be taken onthe way forward for the trust fund,” he said.
The Executive Director, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC), was represented by Engr. Peter Sule.
Sule, in his goodwill message, noted that the commission’s mandate was to regulate and manage water resources in the basin by ensuring use of the water at upstream.
“We will continue to partner and support this project to the next steps of execution,” he added.
Stakeholders from Kano, Yobe, Borno, Plateau, Bauchi and Jigawa attended the workshop.