Water bill will provide legal framework to enhance management of water resources – Baba Faruk, Permanent Secretary in the Water Resources Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources said it is set to come up with a Water bill which when passed into law by the National Assembly, would provide the legal framework for the entire sector and also eliminate all areas of conflict in the management of water resources at all levels of government.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Baba Umar Faruk made the statement during the presentation of the final report on the National Water Resources Bill by the Legal/Technical Sub-Committee, Thursday, July 17, 2013 in Abuja.
Baba Umar Faruk, represented by the Director in the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Daniel Daudu, disclosed that the Ministry had accordingly taken giant strides to address the issues of water legislation as a priority in the sector.
According to him, “The report being presented today by the Technical Sub-Committee would be studied and the outcome shall be communicated to you in due course.”
Mr. Farouk gave the Ministry’s assurance to ensure the completion of the process of the Water Bill to bring about overall development of the water sector.  “On passage of the Bill by the National Assembly, the water sector would attain greater heights through the realization of its vision and mission”, he added.
He commended the patriotism and commitment demonstrated by the Sub-Committee in their various capacities in the production of the document for the development and management of water resources in Nigeria.
Earlier, in his presentation of the Water bill, the Chairman of the Legal/Technical Sub-Committee, Professor Joe Goldface-Irokalibe said that the Water Bill when passed into law by the National Assembly would through the regulatory agencies, address the issue of proper coordination in the use of water as well as the problems of indiscriminate sinking of boreholes by unqualified/uncertified drillers.
He explained that the Water Bill would enable stakeholders’ participation at the hydrological catchment areas key political highlights in proper administration of water.  The Bill would also proffer solution to various challenges affecting the water sector such as proper tariff setting that would be done in consultation with other water users within the hydrological areas.


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