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FG to expand scope of National Water Resources Institute

By Mohammed Usman 

Federal Government of Nigeria has indicated interest to expand the scope of the National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna. The Institute is a research and capacity building institution under the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, responsible for the training of water resources engineers in the country. 

In a statement signed by Musa Mato unbehalf of the head of federal ministry of water resources, the Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute, kaduna , Dr. Emmanuel Adanu made this known in an interview with journalists when he paid advocacy visit to the  Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (A.B.U) Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba.

ABU Zaria is one of the six Nigerian Universities the Institute is collaborating with as National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet) to provide capacity building training to interested water resources officers. 

While in the VC’s office, Dr. Adanu said that the rationale behind the visit was to follow up the MoU Signed between the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, National Water Resources Institute and six Nigerian Universities in May 2015, which A.B.U was among.

 

He added that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources had already set up the capacity building network centre in A.B.U with all the needed facilities for the programme to kick off.

He said the purpose of the collaboration with the Universities was to strengthen institutions and human capacities through partnership for successful implementation of integrated water resources management in Nigeria, adding that the network would facilitate research in the Integrated Water Resources Management among the capacity building institutions. 

Speaking to Journalists immediately after inspecting the Network Centre, Dr Adanu said, “initially the National Water Resources Institute, kaduna was targeted to lower and middle level manpower and to sustain water resources   profession, we trained students to ND and HND levels, but now with partnership with the Universities we can train officers up to degree and master degree levels on Integrated Water Resources Management”. 

The National Water Resources Institute and the Universities would jointly provide theoretical and practical aspect of the needed training up to masters’ degree level to the interested staff.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor ABU Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba thanked the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the National Water Resources Institute for choosing ABU Zaria to coordinate the activities of the centre in the North West Zone.

He said the University is studying the Operational Manual of the programme to enable it kick start some of the programmes and recommendations in the Manual in the shortest distant time. He called on the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Institute to create employment opportunities in the water sector that would attract more students to enroll for water related courses in the under and post graduate levels.

 

 

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