The federal government has called for more innovative solutions that will reposition the water resources and sanitation sector in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu.
The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev made this call at the opening of a three-day Top Management Retreat in Abuja.
The theme of the retreat is, “Strategic Planning for Achieving Ministerial Mandate.’’
Utsev, represented by his Minister of State, Alhaji Bello Goronyo, said the retreat was an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and innovative solutions to strengthen water governance in Nigeria
According to him, Nigeria can build a future where every citizen has access to clean water and sanitation services, and the environment thrives for generations to come.
He said Nigeria was faced with numerous challenges, from population growth to climate change, and it was the ministry’s duty to rise above these challenges and find innovative solutions.
“I believe that through knowledge collaboration, we can develop strategies and action plans that will lead to tangible improvements in the sector across the country.
“I am confident that this retreat will not only equip us to meet the challenges of our expanded mandate, but will also strengthen our resolve to create positive change in the water resources and sanitation sector.
“Therefore, let us work together to ensure that Nigerians have access to clean water, proper sanitation facilities, and sustainable irrigation practices for a healthier and more prosperous future,’’ he said.
Utsev gave an insight into activities to promote improved access to clean water and sanitation, dam and irrigation, climate change, and flood management.
He said the issues were being addressed in alignment with the eight presidential target areas, adding that the retreat was an important step towards achieving them.
The minister urged the participants to develop strategies and plans that would reposition the ministry’s policies, saying it should be in line with the expanded mandate and shared vision for a better future.
He also urged them to push aside sentiments and ensure that the ministry’s Standard Operating Procedures, vision, mission, mandates, and functions aligned properly with the present administration’s focus areas.