Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) Approves Policies, Bill & Strategies on Water Resources

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the following documents:

1. National Water Policy (2016 – 2030), which seeks to comprehensively provide strategies that will improve management and delivery of water resources in Nigeria. 

2. National Water Resources Bill, which seeks to consolidate all existing laws – the Water Resources Act, River Basin Development Authorities Act, National Water Resources Institutes Act, Nigeria Hydrological Services Act, etc – into a single piece of legislation that conforms to international standards. The Bill will also help clarify tensions relating to other Water-related laws under the purview of the Ministries of Environment, Mining, Agriculture, etc, and ultimately make it easier for the private sector to step in and invest in water supply schemes across Nigeria.

3. New Irrigation and Drainage Policy, which seeks to improve irrigation infrastructure and irrigation management in Nigeria. 

Takeaways:

– Nigeria has 340 billion cubic meters of Surface Water and 92 billion cubic meters of Ground Water

– Nigeria has 3.1m hectares of potentially irrigable. Only 130,000 ha developed formally; and only 70,000 ha in actual use

The Federal Ministry of Water resources has catalogued 36 Greenfield Irrigation Sites for Potential Investors. The sites range in size from 20 hectares to 125,000 hectares, amounting to a total of 388,000 hectares. Details in due course 

Policy source: Aso Villa Newsletter

Oil & Gas: Establishment of the National Council on Hydrocarbons

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu received the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the Constitution of the National Council on Hydrocarbons, and the hosting of an International Flare Reduction Convergence Meeting in November 30 and December 1, 2016. [Nigeria is the second highest gas flaring nation in the world, after Russia, and has signed up to an International effort to completely eliminate gas flaring by 2030].

The National Council on Hydrocarbons will serve as an Ombudsman body that meets once a year or at extraordinary times to review policies in the Hydrocarbons sector. It will bring together Oil Companies, Communities, Government Ministries and everyone who has an interest in or is impacted by the sector

Policy source: Aso Villa Newsletter

Nigeria-Germany Cooperation

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma addressed a German delegation led by that country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Dietmar Kreusel, at the Nigeria-Germany Consultations Meeting on Development Cooperation in Abuja.

Udoma told the delegation that Nigeria will welcome the support of their home country, particularly in the area of technical support and expertise, to drive small and medium scale industries and aid manufacture of quality products within the country.

Minister Udoma said, “We are determined, as a government, to diversify the economy as a whole. When you look at the breakdown elements of the GDP of Nigeria, crude oil and the petroleum sector account for less than 10% of DGP, so it ought not account, as it currently does, for about 95% of our foreign currency earnings; and that is what we have to work upon – to diversify our sources of government revenue, and we are working hard at it”.

He said government is putting much emphasis on agriculture in the interim because it is capable of yielding quick results but long term focus is also on developing the solid minerals base, looking at light manufacturing and developing Export Processing Zones, among others. “And we will welcome German companies to come and invest. We are looking for investments, investments that will benefit both the investors and Nigeria; and create jobs.”

The Minister noted that the German government is also supporting Nigeria in the Save School Initiative and the agricultural sector, technical and youth development, the Nigeria Energy Support Programme, Sustainable Small Holder Agro-businesses among others. He also noted the Euro 24.9 million support for the Pro-poor Growth and Employment Promotion as well as the Euro 200 million credit support agreed for the Development Bank of Nigeria.

Policy source: Aso Villa Newsletter

The Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE)

A Citizens’ Guide to Policy Initiatives

1. The Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), are leading the humanitarian efforts with the distribution of 10,300 bags of assorted grains and cereals towards the feeding of the over 2 million persons displaced across the region.

2. In July 2016, PINE, domiciled in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, supplied over 10,300 bags of food items such as rice, millet, maize, guinea corn, salt, vegetable oil, beans, and noodles to Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi States. NEMA on its part supplied Borno State with 13,200 bags of food items.

3. In July 2016, PINE distributed 2,155 assorted shelter materials in nine (9) Local Government Areas of Borno State: Bama, Damboa, Bakacy, Dikwa, Monguno, Mafa, Jere, Banki and Gwoza.

4. The Office of the Senior Special assistant to the President will release monthly reports of Humanitarian Intervention in the region.

5. This week, #NORTHEASTDOESMATTER, the Official Communications Hub for Federal Government of Nigeria’s Interventions, Initiatives, Plans, Actions and Activities for the Rebuilding and Rehabilitation of North-East Nigeria, will be launched. Details soon.

The Discovery of Two Cases of Wild Polio Virus

A Citizens’ Guide to Policy Initiatives

Disappointing news last week, with the discovery of two cases of wild polio virus in two local governments in Borno State – Jere and Gwoza. That this is coming just weeks after Nigeria – which in 2012 accounted for half of all polio cases worldwide – celebrated two polio-free years, is even more disheartening. The uplifting news is that the Federal Ministry of Health immediately rose to the situation, activating and deploying its National Emergency Response Team. The Team will conduct a polio vaccination campaign targeting one million children in Borno State, and an additional four million children in the neighbouring states of Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe. Also, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF to conduct a detailed risk analysis to ascertain the extent of circulation of the virus.

Also worth noting is that the Presidential Committee on North-east Interventions (PCNI), which will oversee the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Northeast, is now ready to take off. It will incorporate existing initiatives like the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), the Safe Schools Initiative, and others, and its primary mandate will be to implement the newly developed Marshall Plan for the region. (Details on this in subsequent editions).

In related news, #NORTHEASTDOESMATTER, the Official Communications Hub for Federal Government of Nigeria’s Interventions, Initiatives, Plans, Actions and Activities for the Rebuilding and Rehabilitation of North-East Nigeria, has now been developed, and will launch this month.