Minister tasks Irrigation Committee on modern practices

The Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has tasked members of Nigeria National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NINCID) on a paradigm shift from the traditional and unregulated irrigation practices in Nigeria to a more sustainable land and water use management approach.

Engr. Adamu  gave this charge at the meeting of National Irrigation Forum on Institutional Strengthening and Management of Public Irrigation Schemes in Nigeria and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Nigeria National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NINCID) holding in Ibadan, Oyo State.

 In a statement on Tuesday, Engr Adamu stated that Nigeria is endowed with water resources but the sustainability of this endowment is threatened by land degradation, deforestation, rapid population growth and other socio-economic developments, including the effect of climate change.

The Minister further noted that these myriads of challenges can be arrested through stimulation and promotion of development and application of arts, science and techniques of engineering, agriculture, economics, ecology and social science in managing water and land resources for irrigation, drainage, flood control and river training alongside related research.

Speaking on the expectations from the AGM the Minister revealed that the meeting  was geared towards bringing together various stakeholders and experts within the sector to deliberate, share ideas, knowledge and experiences on how to advance Irrigation and Drainage practices in Nigeria, adding that it is expected that members will come up  with resolutions that will further consolidate irrigation practice for the attainment of sustainable irrigation and water management in Nigeria.

In her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, MCIPM, mni  who also  noted that NINCID as a knowledge-based sharing platform is dedicated to improving the status of irrigated agriculture and management, including rain-fed agriculture driven by experts’, contributions for the development, and acceleration of irrigation and drainage practices in Nigeria.

 She added that as part of its development effort, NINCID has established a forum called Young Professional Forum with members drawn within the sector such as Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR),  River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs), and National Water Resources Institute (NWRI) amongst others.

The Chairperson of NINCID and the Director of Irrigation and Drainage, Federal Ministry of Water Resources,Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi, explained that NINCID is a subsidiary of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage ( ICID), a leading Techno-Scientific non- governmental and non-profit-making International Organization dedicated to the improvement of Water and Land management to enhance worldwide supply of food and fiber for humankind.

She urged members to participate maximally and develop sustainable ways of ensuring that NINCID activities grow in more beneficial ways.