Ministry of Water Resources partners with Institute on vital structures

By Terver Dominic, Abuja

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The Ministry of Water Resources in Nigeria is to collaborate with the Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers on infrastructural implementation, particularly concerning dams and other vital structures.

Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Joseph Terlumun Utsev stated this when he received in audience the Chairman and select members of Civil engineers at his office in Abuja.

Prof. Utsev, who himself is a Civil Engineer expressed his unwavering support for student registration within the Institute.

He encouraged the Civil Engineer Institute to ensure the success of the upcoming International Conference of Civil Engineers and to uphold the tenets of the profession.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Institute of Civil Engineers, Engineer, Chukwudi Ezughe, said his ministry plays a key role in formulating policies related to water resources, sanitation, irrigation, portable water supply, underground water exploration, exploitation and hydrological data, adding that these elements are essential for civil engineers when designing runoff systems and drainages.

Emphasizing the significance of irrigation in agriculture, Ezugu stated that any nation lacking food self-sufficiency faces significant challenges.

He commended the Minister’s substantial contributions to food production in Nigeria, particularly through river basin development authorities and various water projects.

He also noted the Institute’s achievement in developing an Open Defecation Eradication Strategy booklet which was successfully launched in September 2022.

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