Niger Basin Authority gets $211m to tackle climate change

Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja

River Niger Map
The Niger Basin Authority has realised a total of  US$211, 500, 000m, to combat the effect of climate change and flooding suffered by countries along the Niger Basin.
The sum was realized at a meeting of the NBA alongside  Donor Partners for the implementation of the Programme for the Integrated Development and adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger Basin (PIDACC/NB), held in Abuja.
Among the major donors at the meeting were the African Development Bank with a pledge of $125m; Global Environment Fund (GEF), $12m; KFW of Germany, 34 million Euros; member countries gave $27m and beneficiaries donated $13.5m.
According to the Executive Secretary of the NBA, Dr. Toupa Boguena, starting from the first quarter of next year, the NBA would commence the implementation of the PIDACC programmes simultaneously in all member countries, in order to speedily bring succour to the plight of the inhabitants of the Niger Basin.
The Executive Secretary of the NBA, Ms Toupta Boguena, called on member countries to be more committed to the institution by providing human and material resources necessary for effective implementation of the programmes.
Boguena however decried the challenges of increasing populations and climate change which are sources of concern to the Authority, adding that the challenges were affecting the developmental goals of the authority.
“It is in this light that it is imperative to scale up our strategies and policies in order to ensure better livelihoods for our populations,’’ she said.
On his part the, the Nigerian Minister of Water Resources and Chairman Council of Ministers  of the Niger Basin Authority, Suleiman Adamu, said the PIDACC programme would go a long way in improving the lives of the basin population.
Adamu also noted that Nigeria, being a pioneer member of the organization, had actively promoted the basin’s natural resources in a sustainable manner to improve living standard of people of the basin.
He therefore urged member countries to live up to their financial responsibilities by paying up their dues regularly to enable the secretariat exercise its functions.
PIDACC, according to Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources , Suleiman Adamu, is the first implementation programme of the 2016-2024 Operational Plan incorporating the NBA Climate Resilience Investment Plan.
It consists of 350 investment and capacity building actions for the benefit of member countries with a population of over 130 million.
According to the minister if successfully implemented, the programmes have the capacity to provide millions of jobs to restive youths as well as improve upon the ecosystem of the Basin.
“PIDACC, is Concrete solution to the Development of resilience of populations and adaptation of communities and institutions to climate change in the Niger Basin”.
Other method adopted by the institution was the adoption of a new sharing formula for the contributions of member countries.