The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, on Sunday said the Federal Government inherited 116 ongoing and abandoned irrigation and water projects from the immediate past government in 2015.
Adamu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration also inherited a liability of N89 billion.
“In the ministry itself, when we came in, we inherited 116 ongoing and abandoned projects and we had a liability of N89 billion that is what we had inherited. “That was a serious problem, 38 done irrigation projects and over 40 water supply projects. Obviously, in four years there is no way we can finish them.
“Some projects have been started as way back in 1987. Some projects were abandoned in 2000 and we have only been able to revive them,’’ the minister said.“When this administration came into office and from opinions that we got from stakeholders in the water sector, it is a sector that has been in crisis.
“Recent survey indicated that according to the indices or parameter of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we have attained 69 per cent coverage in terms of water supply,’’ he said. Read more