Nigeria to get $700 million World Bank facility for new water project – Minister

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By Timothy Choji, Abuja

THE Nigerian government says it will soon get a facility of $700 million form the World Bank, to boost rural water supply.

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu disclosed this to Journalists at the end of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

“We have been engaging with our development partners, even at present we are discussing with the World Bank for a new facility of about $700 million to support rural water schemes as well as some urban interventions that may be competed for by about six states. We hope that this year there will be probably be a decision.

“We have been implementing the National Irrigation Development Programme also in which our target is to have a 100,000 hectares additional for irrigation in the country by the end of 2020.

“As at December 2019, we had 85,000 hectares so we hope we will be able to deliver 15,000 hectares this year and we are being supported again by the World Bank through a $495 million facility…,” Adamu explained.

The Minister said he gave an account of successes so far recorded by his ministry during the cabinet meeting.

”The Nigerian government is currently partnering with State governments to take over some components of water supply contracts that the current administration inherited, so as to reduce the pressure on the Federal government,”he told the State House Correspondents that the

Adamu also said, “Nigeria is working on a process called hydrolyse which will help recharge some sections of the Lake Chad.”

“On the issue of recharging the lake, we are working on a short to medium term programme that will improve the hydrolicity of the Charry and Lagoon rivers. The terms of reference are ready,  we are going to do the validation and we have gotten a lot of interest form our development partners to support this,” Adamu added.

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