FG, JICA part­ner to pro­vide ru­ral wa­ter sup­ply in Nigeria

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Federal Govern­ment has part­nered the Ja­panese In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion (JICA) to pro­vide wa­ter to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in five states of Niger, Taraba, Kebbi, Ondo and Enugu.

The Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­source, Sarah Reng Ochekpe, who made this known at the weekend in Minna, Niger State, dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing and hand­ing over cer­e­mony of some drilling equip­ment for the project to the states, also noted that the part­ner­ship had ear­lier pro­vided 788 hand pump bore­holes to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Oyo, Kano, Yobe, Katsina and Bauchi states.

Ochekpe said the Ja­panese Govern­ment, through its agency in Nigeria, JICA, agreed to pro­vide as­sis­tance in form of Grant-In-Aid for Ru­ral Wa­ter Sup­ply and San­i­ta­tion to Nige­rian Govern­ment in re­sponse to the ear­lier plea for as­sis­tance by the federal govern­ment.

She noted that since 2002 till date, JICA has ap­proved Grant-In­Aid of 710 mil­lion Ja­panese Yen for the con­struc­tion of 100 bore­holes equipped with hand pumps in 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Oyo State, 356 mil­lion Yen for pro­vi­sion of 240 bore­holes in 33 lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Kano State, 265 mil­lion Yen for con­struc­tion of 89 bore­holes in 17 lo­cal gov­ern­ments of Yobe State, 505 mil­lion Yen for the con­struc­tion of bore­holes in Katsina and Bauchi states.

“Re­cently govern­ment of Ja­pan ap­proved a Grant-In- Aid of 1.1630 bil­lion Ja­panese Yen to sup­port project for Wa­ter Sup­ply De­vel­op­ment in Niger, Taraba, Kebbi, Ondo and Enugu states. The amount was used to pro­cure com­plete set of drilling equip­ment and ac­ces­sories for the five states,” she added.

Ac­cord­ing to Ochekpe, the equip­ment was handed over to the ben­e­fit­ing states, urg­ing the ben­e­fit­ing states to main­tain them.

She added that JICA has granted as­sis­tance of 160 mil­lion Yen to strengthen ca­pac­ity and de­vel­op­ment of Na­tional Wa­ter Re­sources In­sti­tute, Kaduna.

The min­is­ter called on the ben­e­fit­ing states to send their of­fi­cers to the Na­tional Wa­ter Re­sources In­sti­tute, Kaduna, for train­ing.

Mr. Ryuichi Shoji, Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to Nigeria, said that the govern­ment of Ja­pan was com­mit­ted to part­ner­ing with Federal Govern­ment of Nigeria to en­sure ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply to ru­ral ar­eas, adding that wa­ter sup­ply is very im­por­tant in so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try.

Ear­lier, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Federal Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, Baba Umar Faruk, rep­re­sented by En­gi­neer Ru­fus Onyeanusi, a deputy di­rec­tor in the min­istry, said that the pro­gramme will go a long way in solv­ing wa­ter sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion prob­lems in the ru­ral ar­eas of the ben­e­fit­ing states.

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