The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has appealed to the North-Central Water Resources stakeholders to collaborate with the University in order to move the water sector forward.

Prof. Abdulkareem made the appeal penultimate Thursday (March 29, 2018) while addressing participants at the North Central Geo-political Zone of Nigeria Water Resources Sector Stakeholders' Meeting organised by the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet), University of Ilorin, in collaboration with the National Water ResourcesInstitute (NWRI), Kaduna.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was filled with excitement at the hosting, pointed out that the Centre was established following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, and the University of Ilorin. 

He noted that it has a mandate to coordinate capacity development in the water sector through education, training, research and information dissemination along with the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna, for the six (6) states of Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger and Plateau in the North-Central geo-political zone of Nigeria and the FCT to ameliorate water resources utilisation occasioned by the growing need for capacity building in the sector.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the gathering transcended an official ceremony “because the subject of the colloquium is key to the continuous survival of the planet earth if really water is life”.

While delivering his paper, entitled "Situational Analysis of Water Supply and Responsibilities of Stakeholders in the Sector", the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Bolaji F. Sule, said that it is the responsibility of water resource planners and engineers to plan and design local and regional scaled water systems to provide water of adequate quality and quantity to various communities, towns, and cities to meet their needs at all times and to sustain good livelihood.

The Water Resources and Environmental Engineer added that the general objective is to provide safe, potable water for domestic, commercial and public uses, while ensuring adequate quantity of water at sufficient pressure for fire fighting and industries.

According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, rapid urbanization is leading to increased urban population and greater demand for water supply and sanitation services in many developing countries. 

He said, “As the world's population, especially in developing countries, is increasing, there is a need to consider issues relating to improvement of water and sanitation services. Such improvement will have significant and potential welfare gains in the various towns and communities".

Also in his presentation, entitled "Importance of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Water Sector and M. Sc Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Programme at University of Ilorin", Dr. A.W. Salami of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, said that the IWRM promotes a coordinated democratic approach to management of water, land and related resources which involve multiple interests in policy making, while the traditional approach was fragmented.

In his address, the Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna, Dr. Martin O. Eduvie, stressed the need for the states in the zones to key into the activities of the North Central Network for its sustainability and chart a way forward for the North Central zonal Centre.