The Ministry of Water resources in Nigeria has commissioned the National Secretariat of the National Water Resources Capacity Building in Kaduna North-west Nigeria.
The Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman Adamu, while commissioning the centre in Kaduna said the project has been identified by UNESCO as a centre of excellence.
Adamu noted the significant role played by the institute in the collaborative research and capacity building in the sector.
“I am aware of the gait achievements of the institute since its establishment, I therefore want to challenge the Executive Director and students of the institution to redouble their efforts in achieving its set goals in line with the agenda of the present administration,” he said.
The Minister however urged the National Institute of Water Resources NWRI to promote local content and made in Nigeria products especially in the area of engineering and emphasised the relevance of NWRI to the country,
“I am aware of the collaboration with six universities. We hope to see a time when people can come to NWRI from other countries to buy drilling rigs, irrigation water pump rather than importing, so we can conserve foreign exchange, he explained.
He added that in the current financial year, the budgetary allocation to the institute has tremendously increased, while patronage of its short term courses by the ministry and its departments had improved.
According to Executive Director of NWRI, Dr Emmanuel Adanu, the status of the institution has been upgraded in recent years and its activities continue to attract wider recognition both nationally and internationally.
“Presently, it is host to three specialised centres, established in collaboration with international bodies such as UNESCO, JICA and the World Bank to address specific needs of the water sector.
To fulfil its mandates, he said NWRI had and continues to carry out activities that impact directly on the society. “Some of these activities include development of curriculum for National and Higher National Diploma courses in water resources engineering technology, in collaboration with the NBTE; Drinking water quality assessment in eleven states of the federation including lead poisoning in Zamfara State; youth empowerment training programmes
He appealed to the minister to encourage the ministry, departments, river basin authorities as well as its agencies to participate in the short and long term training programme of the institute and to expand and regularise the youth empowerment programmes.
On his part the Director of Water Supply in the ministry, Engr Ajisegiri Benson also added that the Network centre is meant to coordinate all the six centres located in six universities in one of each geopolitical zones of the country to train and develop manpower in order to serve as a focal point for water resources research.