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Nigeria’s water sector: Emergency Fund in the offing

Water sector practitioners in Nigeria have advocated for allocation of at least 5% of annual budgets of both the Federal Government and the States for the development of the water sector through a “Water Emergency Fund”.  They also called for a provision of appropriate penalties to the relevant authorities where there is default in usage and full Monitoring to guarantee deployment to the Water Sector.

This is the highlight of the communiqué of the Presidential Summit on funding the Water Sector held in Abuja, 18 and 19 February 2013. It was just released  via an email sent by Engineer Benson Ajisegiri, Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee of the Presidential Summit

Other recommendations contained in the communiqué are:

  1. Adoption of a viable instrument such as the Water Investment, Mobilization and Application Guideline (WIMAG), to: attract funding, administer, and improve coordination of actors within the sector; and roll-out the principle of co-operative funding as stipulated in the National Water Supply and Sanitation (NWSS) Policy.
  2. Organization of a meeting between the Federal Government and Governors’ Forum to articulate and adopt a collective and mutually acceptable solution to the various sectoral challenges, which would also include cost-sharing.
  3. Adoption of the UBEC, MDGs and Basket-Funding models for co-operative funding to improve efficiency and effectiveness in resource application.
  4. Holding a Joint Sector Review of the sector to: track funds invested, ensure transparency, and to serve as an incentive for collaboration between the government, private sector and development partners.
  5. Collaborate at the regional and sub-regional levels on adaptation and mitigation strategies in the context of climate change should be carried out as a matter of importance.
  6. The development and adoption of an Integrated Water Resources Management Plan.
  7. Endorsement of the draft Nigeria Water Resources Management Commission ( NIWRMC) Bill passed in2011 by the National Assembly to ensure effective regulation of the sector
  8. Greater coordination of donor funding and activities in the water sector.


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