1 The Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, has called for cooperation between the Nigerian water, energy and food security sectors to address all the challenges that hinder socio-economic development.
2 Adamu made the call on Tuesday for the opening of a three-day cross-sectoral national dialogue on “the nexus between water, energy and food security”, which was held in Abuja.
3 The workshop was organized by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and the German International Cooperation (GiZ).
4 He said poor management of one sector could affect the viability of other sectors and jeopardize the livelihoods of people and the ecosystem.
5 Adamu, represented by the Director of Water Quality and Sanitation, Mr. Emmanuel Awe, said the nexus approach reflected the interdependence between water, energy, food security and l ‘environment.
6 He expressed the need to integrate all sectors to promote positive impact, socio-economic development and resource management.
seven Adamu said increased activities due to urbanization, agriculture and industrialization have led to pollution of fresh water with serious adverse effects on health and well-being.
8 While expressing the Federal Government’s gratitude to the NBA and the experts, he urged all participants to show greater commitment to the effective and efficient implementation of all NBA projects and programs.
9 Regional Coordinator, Nexus GIZ and EU, Robert Kronefield and NBA Representative, Bamidele Olatunji said the workshop will build the capacity of stakeholders in planning, policy development and implementation. NEXUS approach.
ten The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the first phase of the NBA and German Cooperation (NBA-GIZ) NEXUS project (2016-2020) emphasized the regional integration of the NEXUS approach and capacity building.
11 The NEXUS project takes an integrated view of the water, energy and agriculture sectors, as they all compete for the same scarce resources.
12 It allows for an optimal balance of interests in the use of resources, appropriate management of conflicts and risks to human rights, and respect for the limits of the planet’s ecological resilience.
13 NewsSourceCredit: NAN