Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO for establishment of Regional Centre on Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM) in the country.
The Director, Research & Technical services, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna , Dr Dogara Bashir, told eWASH that the centre when established will address UNESCO’s sustainable development promotions in the West African Region in particular and the Africa continent in general including water security, water-related challenges in the region and global action through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative inter-disciplinary scientific research, networking and capacity development within the framework of the UNESCO-IHP.
The ceremony that took place recently in Marseille, France. Minister of Water Resources of Nigeria, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe signed on behalf of Nigeria while the Director General of the UNESCO, Madame Irina Bokova signed on behalf of the global body.
Personalities that witnessed the signing ceremony included Permanent Delegate/Ambassador, Nigerian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, Paris Ambassador Maryam Y Katagun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ambassador (Dr) Godknows Boladei Ighali , Engr Ebele Okeke, Fomer Head of Civil Service, , Executive Director/Chief Executive, National Water Resources Institute, Dr Olusanjo A Bamgboye, Commissioner of Water Resources Mrs Patricia Simon-Smith, , Rivers State, and the Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Njamena, Engr. A Sanusi.