FG Seeks Quick Passage Of Water Resources Bill
FG Seeks Quick Passage Of Water Resources Bill – The Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC) has raised concern over threat on the nation’s water resources and called for quick passage of the Water Resource Bill.
Land degradation, deforestation, population growth, socio-economic development and climate change were identified as threats.
A report by the International Water Management Institute (IWRI) in 2015 had ranked Nigeria among countries that would experience water scarcity.
Executive director of NIWRMC, Reuben Habu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during a policy roundtable on the water bill at the senate by the civil society coalition on sustainable development, in commemoration of the third anniversary of SDGs.
He pointed out that the Water Resource Bill, still at the senate, would address the challenges inhibiting water resources management, as it is an update of the Water Resource Act (2004) and would serve as a receptor of the Water Law document for private and other investors in the water sector in the development of irrigation, hydropower among others.
While urging the Senate to urgently pass the bill into law when it resumes plenary, he pointed out that sound management of water resources and the subsequent passage of the bill were the major concerns of the commission.
National coordinator Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, Dr. Tola Winjobi, lamented the World Poverty Clock report, which revealed that with 86.9 million poor people in Nigeria, the country overtook India in poverty.