The Federal Ministry of Water Resources held its 24th regular meeting of the National Council on Water Resources, NCWR between the 14th to 18th of August at the National Event Center, Dome in Akure the Ondo state capital.
The theme of the program was: Refocusing Water and Sanitation for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and also Chairman.
National Technical Committee on Water Resources, Musa Ibrahim, Ph.D emphasized the need to strengthen collaboration between the federal and state governments as enshrined in the National Water Supply and Sanitation Policy for the purpose of completing uncompleted projects as soon as possible and also the need for the State to embrace the concept of public private partnership for the development operation and maintenance of water infrastructure.
The Permanent Secretary, Ondo state Ministry of Special Duties, Folayemi Joshua during his opening address noted that the provision of potable water has played a critical role in the socio-economic development of the society and that water is the core of sustainable development because it affects the livelihood of billions of people by supporting poverty reduction, economic growth and development and environmental sustainability.
The reading and adoption of minutes of the last 23rd National Technical Committee on Water Resources(NTCWR) held on the 31st May and 1st June, 2016 at International Conference Abuja as well as presentation and discussions of Memoranda by stakeholders in different sub-committees took place.
Chief Hydrologist, Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency, Mr John Animasaun told Sunshine Herald that the meeting being a yearly event brings all commissioners of water resources across the 36 states of the federation together to discuss the present state and challenges of water supply in the country.
The governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu expressed a deep level of application to the minister for the high level of cooperation that the state has enjoyed.
“Granting us this hosting right is a privilege. I must say that our very own important agencies have been supportive of us. It is imperative for us to support them as well,” Akeredolu said.
The governor who described water as fundamental and vital also commended the efforts of the Permanent Secretary Dr Musa Ibrahim for the achievement so far.