Monitor, evaluation crucial to nation’s attainment of SDGs – Perm. Sec

February 11, 2021 John Oba 0

Monitoring and Evaluation framework targeted at providing improved governance and service delivery of the Water Resources Sector would be beneficial and enhance the Nation’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, stated this assertion Wednesday, during a Workshop for the Validation and Finalization of the Reviewed Draft National Read More

Minister assures MDs, EDs of River Basin of adequate support

February 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has stated that the Ministry is determined to support the Managing Directors and Executive Directors of the twelve (12) River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) in achieving their set objectives, bearing in mind that the RBDAs represent the key implementing arm of the Ministry and serve as the mirror of its achievements. The Read More

FCE Odugbo: Buhari’s magnanimity and Echono’s place of pride

January 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dolly Parton, the famous singer and songwriter says, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, domore and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” The siting of one of the newly established Federal Colleges of Education (FCE) inOdugbo, Benue state, confirms the high consideration factor of the Government ofPresident Muhammadu Buhari that Read More

When will Nigerians get portable water? By Alhassan A. Bala

January 17, 2021 Alhassan A. Bala 0

Part of what Nigerians expected when the country got her independence on 1st October, 1960 was getting freedom and a better life, most especially in the provision of infrastructure and basic amenities like clean water, electricity, standard health facilities, to name a few. The leaders in the First Republic were overthrown and some killed by military officers in a coup Read More

Kwara govt tackle open defecation with ‘Clean Kwara Campaign’

January 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Kwara state government in a bid to tackle the menace of open defecation in the state has rolled out several programmes to reverse the situation, one of which is the “Clean Kwara Campaign”, billed to run from 2020 to 2030. The Clean Kwara Campaign which kicked off in September 2020, marks the commencement of a decade of action against Read More

Safeguarding our waters

December 21, 2020 Blueprint 0

National security covers the effective management of water resources. What has been at the centre-stage of recent discussion is the water crisis affecting the Lake Chad basin. Over the centuries, the lake had sustained agriculture and other commercial activities. Its fresh water and resources have been a source of livelihood to many Africans, but due to the effects of climate Read More

Sardauna Foundation donates motorised boreholes to Plateau communities

December 19, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has donated motorised boreholes to communities in Barking Ladi LGA of Plateau state to ease the challenge of potable water in the area. The Sardauna Foundation on Thursday December 17, 2020, commissioned and handed over two motorised boreholes it constructed and donated to two communities, Yelwan Gidin Akwati and Ngher, in Gashis district of Read More

Open Defecation campaign takes stock, unveils more initiative

November 24, 2020 Segun Odunewu 0

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu will be taking stock of the Clean Nigeria: Use the toilet Campaign as the ministry recognizes open-defecation-free LGAs, and launches a private sector initiative in the sector November 26. The campaign, just a year old, has mobilized high-level political support, resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe and sustainable sanitation. Read More

Water bill: Ortom accused of plans to monopolise cattle business across middle-belt

September 1, 2020 Editor 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has been accused of plots to monopolise cattle rearing business in the Middle-Belt.  The Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) which made this known at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, also warned the governor not to set the region on fire with his “inflammatory rhetorics” against the National Water Resources Bill.  Speaking on behalf Read More

Anambra govt sacks over 1000 workers amidst COVID-19

August 6, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Anambra state government has confirmed termination of appointment of the staff of the state moribund Water Board Corporation. Blueprint in 2019, reported that the board, which was officially shutdown in 2012 had over 1000 staff out of which about 300 had died waiting for their unpaid entitlements running from January 2012 to date.  A notice from the state ministry of Read More

Kogi: Yahaya Bello moves to establish science and technology varsity

July 9, 2020 Solomon Arowolo 0

Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has approved the transmission of a bill for the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology. The state Commissioner of Information and Communication Kingsley Fanwo disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the state Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Lokoja. The commissioner said the university which will be Read More

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Adamawa: Senator Abbo attracts dams to constituency

January 24, 2020 Editor 0

In fulfillment of his commitments to better the lots of his people and attract  federal projects to his senatorial district, the senator representing Adamawa North Senator Elisha Ishiaku Abbo has attracted the sighting of three Dams project in his senatorial.  This is coming after several months of his intense lobbying of the executives and tireless efforts which prompted the federal government Read More

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Nigerians groan under water scarcity

July 1, 2019 Editor 0

Amid billions of naira and foreign currency denominations sunk into water projects across the country, Nigerians still groan under scarcity or non availability of potable water. Blueprint’s sampled investigation across the geo-political zones showed water plants put in place between 1929 and 1987 have become obsolete or insufficient to meet the growing needs of residents. Consequently, consumers grossly complain of Read More

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We‘ll make Taraba water agency model in Nigeria – GM

June 26, 2019 Editorial III 0

The General Manager, Taraba state Water Supply Agency, Engr. Musa Siam Buba Tuesday said the corporation remained committed to making it a model in service delivery in Nigeria. Buba, who stated this in Jalingo during a three-day media roundtable on effective water, sanitation and hygiene services organised by the United States Agency for International Aids (USAID) in conjunction with the Read More

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Plenty rains, little to use

June 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

In most parts of the country, heavy downpour has been regular. Despite the abundant flow of rain water and the flooding, many people are still unable to access potable water. What an irony! As I was ruminating over this, I stumbled on a discourse that seems interesting. Over the centuries, the Lake Chad, a major source of water supply to Read More

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Nigeria in water crisis- Bayewun

May 19, 2019 Editorial III 0

A non-governmental organization, Global Rights has called on the Nigerian government to take proactive measures in addressing water crisis faced by her citizens. The country director Global Right, Ms. Abiodun Bayeiwu, said “a lot of communities are facing lack of good water, contaminations affecting water in Nigeria and we need our government to treat these issues as a matter of Read More

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School kids trek long distances for water as scarcity hits Sokoto

April 11, 2019 Editor 0

Acute shortage of potable water has hit the capital city of Sokoto and its environs, forcing people to leave their homes at wee hours in search of the major resource. . Investigation by Blueprint showed the scarcity has adversely affected school session as children are forced to trek long distances in search of water. The week-long scarcity worsened between Monday and Tuesday as Read More

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FG partners Reckitt Benckiser to promote hygiene in Nigeria

March 18, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The federal ministry of water resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria, makers of antiseptic brand, Dettol to promote a national campaign on how to achieve a cleaner and healthier Nigeria. The MoU for the campaign tagged the ‘Clean Naija Initiative’ was signed in Abuja between the Minister of water resources Suleiman Hussein Adamu Read More

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NANS demands improved funding of tertiary institutions

November 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged federal and state governments to ensure adequate funding of tertiary institutions to improve standard and development of the educational sector. NANS Senate President, Comrade Abdulmajeed Oladimeji Oyeniyi made the call commemorating the ‘Students International Day’ held at the Institute of Water Resources at the weekend in Kaduna. The student leader lamented the poor condition Read More

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Abuja tremor: Nigeria prone to more quakes – FG

September 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

The recent earth tremor that occurred in Abuja has fair chances of happening across the country, the Presidential Committee set up on the incident has revealed. According to the committee, based on the results obtained using the probability of recurrence theory, the probability of recurrence in the very near future is fairly high in Nigeria. Chairman of the committee and Read More

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Water Resources: Rivers control, mgt lies with FG – Ita-Enang

June 8, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Presidency, yesterday made fresh move to see to the passage of the National Water Resources Bill 2018 , stepped down on the floor of the Senate last month at the third reading stage. The Executive Bill, which ran into trouble waters on the floor of the Senate on May 24, arising from contentious provisions, seeks, amongst others, for Read More

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Kaduna Assembly confirms water resources commissioner

January 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna Kaduna state House of Assembly yesterday confirmed Dr Ibrahim Hamza as Commissioner of Water Resources. Hamza was nominated by Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai to serve as commissioner in the state. The nominee appeared before the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali and was screened and confirmed. Speaking on the Zaria water Read More

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FG inaugurates Yobe river basin trustees

December 11, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Government has inaugurated the newly reconstituted members of the Board of Trustees of the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin (HJKYB) Trust Fund in Abuja. Inaugurating the 12 member board in Abuja recently, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu also announced the resuscitation of the basin’s trust fund. Adamu explained that the six States of Bauchi, Borno, Read More

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FG, Katsina to complete Zobe water project

October 26, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  By John Oba   Abuja The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Katsina State Government for the completion of Zobe Regional Water Supply Project which was abandoned many years ago. The Zobe Water Supply Project was first awarded in 1992 and abandoned by previous governments. The project when completed would serve Katsina, Dutsin-ma, Kankia, Read More