FG launches AWF/AFDB-Support Project in Yobe Basin
In order to complement Federal Government’s efforts in delivering services and encouraging and utilizing partnerships in the management of the water resources of Nigeria, the Federal Government has launched the African Water Facility/African Development Bank (AWF/AfDB) Supported Project for the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin.
The Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE during the launching on Thursday 15th December, 2016 in Abuja said that because of the passion of government for the over 15 million people who derive their livelihoods mainly from the water resources of the area as farmers and fishermen, the ministry has encouraged and supported the Trust Fund to seek for a grant from the African Water Facility under African Development Bank for the implementation of the project for the restoration of livelihoods in the Basin.
Adamu said that the Trust Fund which has been officially launched as hitherto been able to undertake several interventions that have reduced conflicts, doused tensions and restored lost livelihoods.
He therefore appealed to the riparian states of the Basin and other agencies that are active in the Basin to ensure the best use of the grant by supporting the implementation of the project.
In his remarks, the Country Director of AfDB Group, Dr. Ousman Dore represented by the Chief Country Programme Officer, Mr. Andh Mensah stated that the development of the water resources of the Basin is directly linked to the achievement of the key targets of the SDGs.
He explained that the development of the water resources of the Basin would put an end to hunger, ensure peace and security and promote sustainable economic growth. “The environmental goals of combating climate change are addressed through sustainable water security”, he said.
He said the bank has continually demonstrated its solid partnership with Nigeria specifically in the water sector where they have financed 12 operations totaling US$650 Million and have committed about Euro 1,995,315 towards the cost of consultancy services in preparing the water resources development plan of the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin.
He reiterated the African Development Bank and African Water Facility’s commitment to the support of Nigeria in its efforts to improve the quality of life of its people.