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FG To Privatise River Basin Authorities For Efficiency

Suleiman Adamu
Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Federal Government has set in place machinery for the reform and privatisation of the country’s river basin authorities with the setting up of a steering committee and technical sub-committee.

Mr. Suleiman H. Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, who announced this during the inauguration of the Steering Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) and Technical Sub-Committee for the RBDAs in Abuja on Thursday, charged members of the committees to work assiduously to reform the river basins and the water sector in the country to drive the agricultural sector towards the provision of food security, creation of jobs, diversification of the economy and

development of the rural economy.

The Minister said the task ahead was enormous and urged the members to consider the work as a national assignment aimed at achieving Mr. President’s promises to Nigerians through

diversification of the nation’s economy.

To achieve this, he said, requires repositioning agricultural sector through effective utilisation of water resources and the river basins.

He noted that the RBDAs have not performed up to their full capacities over the years in terms of service delivery and financial management, adding that on account of these, they have failed to achieve the expectations of the government and the people of Nigeria of becoming vital instruments for the attainment of self-sufficiency in food production and equitable allocation of water resources across Nigeria.

The Minister who enjoined the Committees to work at a faster pace, promised to provide the necessary support and cooperation to enable them deliver on approved Terms of Reference (TOR) and Work Plans without delay.

He listed the TOR for the Steering Committee as the finalisation of the National Water Resources Bill and ensuring its passage by the National Assembly, review and update policies on National Water Resources Management and National Irrigation and Drainage Policy and


They are also to consider and make recommendations on private sector participation in irrigation development and management, review and agree on the roles of RBDAs and other stakeholders in the water sector within the framework of commercialization of the RBDAs and ensure the successful implementation of the partial commercialization of the RBDAs.

They are to review and update the policy, legal and regulatory framework governing the RBDAs and Take any step(s) that will ensure the creation of a sound water resources management system for the country.

The Minister explained that membership of the Steering Committee chaired by him cuts across the relevant government agencies and industry experts.

In his remarks, Dr Vincent O. Akpotaire, the acting Director-General of BPE, described the reform of the RBDAs as a major step taken to empower the rural dwellers thereby stemming rural-urban drift.