In a bid to ensure healthy and conducive environment for the people in the Niger Basin, the federal government, through the Ministry of Water Resources and in conjunction with the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) Council of ministers, has reviewed the agenda and work plan for the inhabitants of the basin ahead of the year 2019. In a communique adopted and signed by the Council of Ministers, a product of collection of nine African countries saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the 130 million inhabitants are thoroughly looked after for good well-being, reflected the agreement made on the financial aspect of the commission which is expected to have positive impact on the people of the Niger Basin.
Speaking during a one-day meeting of the council in Abuja over the weekend, the minister of Water Resources, as well as the chairman of the Council, Engr Suleiman Adamu, who declared the programme open said, the meeting was the 37th session of the council and it is an avenue for the member countries to share their contribution towards their respective national budgets for the fiscal year.
“The primary objective of this 37th ordinary session among others is to consider the 2019 annual work plan and its budget for our great institution – NBA,” the minister said.
He also reiterated the federal and state government of Nigeria’s commitment “to the population of the Basin and for the Niger Basin Authority to fulfill its mandate of “Promoting cooperation among member countries and ensuring the integrated development of the Niger Basin in all areas of hydraulics, energy, agriculture, livestock, fishing and fish farming, forestry and forest exploitation”. Part of the agenda included the review and adoption of the draft resolution and final communique along line recommendation from the council of ministers among others. LEADERSHIP reports that the nine countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria have their 36th Resolution No 6 of the session held around April this year with adoption of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) objective – based programme budget (2018-2020 OPB).