The Federal Government is collaborating with the International Atomic Energy Agency to effectively manage as well as get a better understanding of Nigeria’s underground water resources.
According to the government, the collaboration with IAEA will enhance Nigeria’s competency in the effective management of its water resources and enhance the country’s capability to meet the uncertainties of climate variability and change.
In his keynote address at the IAEA Water Availability Enhancement stakeholders workshop organised by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the theme of the technical cooperation project was ‘Adding the Groundwater Dimension to the Understanding and Management of Shared Water Resources in the Sahel Region.’
He said, “The (project’s) goal is to enable competent and effective water resources management that is capable of meeting the uncertainties of climate variability and change. Furthermore, the project aims to catalyse multi-state cooperation and collaboration among member states to balance conflicting water uses in shared transboundary groundwater basins in the Sahel region.
“The IWAVE methodical is designed to strengthen knowledge management about national water resources by implementing a step-wise analytical framework to understand the circumstances affecting national water resource, identify gaps that stand in the way of national water resources goals and organise the necessary inputs and activities to achieve the goals.”
Adamu further explained that IWAVE would help in the production of a national sketch of the information needed to increase water availability, identify and implement the desired technical capacities required to provide the knowledge to understand water availability enhancement.
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