ABUJA – The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has urged state governments to invest massively in water supply infrastructure to support the efforts to treat and transmit water to the cities.
Adamu gave the advice at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
“There is still need for large capital investment to set up new schemes, to rehabilitate old schemes and upgrade them so that they can be functional.
“Our main role as Federal Government is to provide board cut with which we have been building many dams.
“Even before then, I know that there are quite a number of dams that we built that are still lying fallow, waiting for the states to build water treatment facilities and transmit to the cities which have not been done,’’ he said.
According to the minister, ordinarily and constitutionally, the Federal Government has nothing to do with actual provision of water supply to the tap.
“This is the responsibility of state governments and local governments.
“But over the years, state governments have failed to make necessary investments commensurate with our population growth and technology and there is no capacity building in water agencies.
“I keep asking that is there anybody who knows any Federal water board anywhere? It does not exist.
“The only water board owned by the Federal Government is the FCT water Board, that is under the FCT administration,’’ the minister said.
According to him, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources does not have water board. So, this failure to invest is a major cause.
“There is no state or city in this country that can boast of 100 per cent piped borehole water supply, none.
“Some certain areas have access; probably Abuja has the best but even in Abuja there is need for more investment because a lot of areas are not covered.
“Although, infrastructure for producing the water such as treatment plant is available in Usuma Dam augmenting water from Gurara Dam, the fact is that in other cities, this is not available,’’ he said.
Adamu said that some of the few states that are making serious efforts are Lagos and Kano States and to some extent, Kaduna State.
The minister said that the ministry is working assiduously to motivate state governments to key into water supply infrastructure development.