FG ad­dresses wa­ter degra­da­tion in N/East

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will soon be­gin what it calls Strate­gic Ac­tion Plan for the De­vel­op­ment of Wa­ter Re­sources in the Ko­madugu-Yobe Basin to ad­dress wa­ter degra­da­tion in the North­East.

A state­ment by Mrs. Mar­garat E. Umah, Di­rec­tor In­for­ma­tion, Fed­eral Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, said the gov­ern­ment signed the con­tract agree­ment at the week­end with SMEC In­ter­na­tional PTY lim­ited for the project.

The Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sec­re­tary of Hade­jia Jama’are Ko­madugu Yobe Basin Trust Fund, Dr. Has­san Bdliya, who signed on be­half of the gov­ern­ment, said that the project would ad­dress wa­ter re­sources man­age­ment is­sues in the basin by ap­ply­ing the in­te­grated wa­ter re­sources man­age­ment ap­proach with the river basin and cost­ing of vi­able phys­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions that would en­hance liveli­hoods and ecosys­tems in the basin.

Dr. Has­san said, “The Project of about 1.9 mil­lion Eu­ros, is be­ing sup­ported by the grant from the African Wa­ter Fa­cil­ity and man­aged by the African De­vel­op­ment Bank. It would cut across six states in the North­West and North East Zones of the coun­try.”

Speak­ing on be­half of his com­pany, the Re­gional Man­agerWest Africa of SMEC, Mr. Jose Fer­nan­des, com­mended the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for the agree­ment, say­ing it would go a long way in ad­dress­ing the many chal­lenges oc­ca­sioned by degra­da­tion of the wa­ter and land re­sources in the basin.

Mr. Fer­nan­des listed the ob­jec­tives of project to in­clude for­mu­la­tion of the Ko­maduguYobe Basin Wa­ter Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Strate­gic Ac­tion Plan (SAP) and de­vel­op­ment of a mod­i­fied reser­voir op­er­a­tion rules for the re-op­er­a­tions of Tiga and Challawa Gorge Dams that op­ti­mize wa­ter re­sources al­lo­ca­tion and use.

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