The federal government said it had secured a $700 million loan from the World Bank for specific water projects in the country.
The government has said that most of the water supply issues in the country are the responsibility of state governments.
Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu made the revelation while addressing reporters on the sidelines of the ministry’s first awards and recognition ceremony in Abuja.
He said the federal government’s job in water supply is to provide support to the states.
The event was organized to celebrate and motivate effective ministry employees who have distinguished themselves in the performance of their duties.
About seven states, including Imo, Delta, Bauchi, Ekiti, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau are expected to benefit from the first installment of the $700 million loan.
Acknowledging that lack of access to clean water had been a major problem for Nigerian communities, the minister said: “What Nigerians need to understand is that the federal government is not responsible for the supplying water from their taps is the responsibility of state governments and that is why we do not have a Federal Water Board.
“We are just trying to support them (the states). All the incentives like the P-WASH (Plan – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) action plan, the President’s declaration of a state of emergency are efforts and many more are efforts of the federal government to push the States to invest more in water.
“The people are not in the federal government. They are in the United States. States are primarily responsible for the water supply of the population. If they don’t invest, what can we do? We mapped out the policies, we did so many things. We are even the first to put a budget line to support state governments for water supply.
Adamu said he was confident that the National Water Resources Bill currently before the National Assembly, which had caused controversy, would be passed in 2022.
“It will be passed in 2022. At this stage, the budget is the most important thing. The National Assembly is already absorbed in the 2022 budget. I can assure you that after the budget, their attention will return to it and we hope that it will be adopted in 2022,” the minister said.
He noted that the implementation of the rewards and recognition policy in the ministry showed deliberate efforts to provide the necessary motivation and incentives to inspire public servants to do their best.
According to him, the system is a recognition that employees have other intrinsic needs other than just monetary needs.
“The intrinsic need for recognition. encouraging and rewarding exceptional performance is the other pillar on which the reward policy is based. We have to thank those who helped us. A motivated workforce is an efficient workforce,” he said.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, regretted that the civil service has long since abandoned the practice of an incentive and reward system for employees.
Represented by the permanent secretary of the Ecological Fund office, Dr Habiba Lawal, the SGF maintained that “all over the world, it is agreed that when workers are recognized, not always in monetary terms, they are pushed to do better and to get more involved”. help the organization achieve its goals.
Mustapha challenged those who were not so recognized to commit to do more and be part of the next group of winners, adding that a healthy competitive spirit would help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service delivery within the department.
Taking the floor, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan assured that staff welfare is key in 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, explained that the reward system would play a central role in implementing the strategy which she said aims to reposition the service to become world-class service. service that will be efficient and citizen-centred.