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Federal government secures $ 700 million loan from World Bank to improve water supply

The federal government has revealed that it has secured $ 700 million from the World Bank to improve water supplies across the country.

This was made known Monday by Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu during a media conversation on the sidelines of the inaugural awards ceremony for the ministry’s awards and recognition system in Abuja.

Minister Adamu also revealed that Nigeria needs as much as 6 trillion naira to meet the demands for water supply infrastructure in the country.

Adamu said this at the 28th regular meeting of the National Water Resources Council in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister, who noted that the main challenges facing the sustainable development of the water sector were financing, poor water governance, obsolete infrastructure, among others.

He said the meeting was an opportunity to discuss developments in the water sector, assess issues, address identified challenges and chart a way forward to address contemporary challenges.

Speaking on the topic “Emerging financial and management challenges for sustainable water infrastructure in Nigeria,” Adamu said a review of water governance, sustainable financing and pricing of water services was in the study.

“We relaunched the water resources policy in 2016. We were able to generate 700 million dollars from the World Bank. This money will not be spent by the federal government; it is up to the States to improve their water supply situation ”, declared the Minister.

Seven states (Imo, Delta, Bauchi, Ekiti, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau) are expected to be beneficiaries of the first phase of the World Bank loan.

According to him, the resolutions of the last council meeting underlined the need for states to join the current initiative of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnership (PEWASH). from the federal government.

This, he noted, is being piloted in some states in a performance-oriented approach through the provision of a separate budget line in the state rural agency of the water supply agencies. and sanitation.

He added that the World Bank had committed $ 700 million to support Nigeria in its national WASH action plan for the revitalization of the sector through the sustainable urban and rural water supply and sanitation program ( SURWASH).

“SURWASH is expected to provide six million people with basic drinking water services and 1.4 million people with access to improved sanitation services.

“The program will provide improved WASH services to 2,000 schools and health facilities and help communities achieve open defecation-free status.

According to Adamu, the role of the federal government is to support state governments, which he says have the lion’s share of responsibility for water supply.

“What Nigerians need to understand is that the federal government is not responsible for providing water to their taps, it is the responsibility of state governments and that is why we have no responsibility for providing water to their taps. ‘Federal Office for Water.

“All the incentives such as the P-WASH action plan (Plan – Water, sanitation and hygiene), the declaration of the state of emergency by the president are efforts of the federal government to push the states to invest more in the water.

The Awards and Recognition System awards ceremony was held to recognize and celebrate the employees of the ministry, who have achieved outstanding performance at their workstations.

Adamu expressed confidence that the National Water Resources Bill, currently before the National Assembly, will be adopted in 2022.

“It will be passed in 2022. At this point, the budget is the most important thing. The National Assembly is already absorbed by the 2022 budget. I can assure you that after the budget, their attention will return and we hope that it will be adopted in 2022 ”, declared the Minister.

He noted that instituting the rewards and recognition policy within the ministry is a deliberate way of inspiring public servants to be more effective.

According to him, the system recognizes that the staff has needs other than monetary.

“The intrinsic need for recognition. the encouragement and reward of outstanding performance is the other pillar on which the rewards policy is based. We must appreciate those who have helped us. A motivated workforce is an efficient workforce, ”he said.

The Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, regretted that the civil servants had not, for a long time, been encouraged and rewarded.

Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Ecological Fund, Dr Habiba Lawal, said that when workers are rewarded, not just financially, they are motivated to contribute more to the goals of the organization. He advised those who fail to be recognized to devote themselves again to making the ministry more effective.

Federation Civil Service Chief Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan said staff welfare was on the priority list of the Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (2021-2025 ).

Yemi-Esan, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Service Welfare Office, Ngozi Onwudiwe, said the reward system is vital for the implementation of the strategy, which aims to make service world-class and focused on people. citizens.