The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, says that the Federal Government plans to lift five million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.
The minister made the assertion this at the second edition of the Nigerian Media Water Week in Abuja on Monday.
Adamu said that the ministry, through its water projects, would fast-track job creation and enhance food security through irrigation farming.
He said that the benefits and importance of water could not be over-emphasised, as it was crucial to irrigation farming, hygiene and job creation.
The minister said that in efforts to fulfil its mandate, the ministry had been working in concert with the Federal Executive Council.
Adamu said that the country now had 13 states which were Open Defecation Free due to its water projects, adding that more than 10 million Nigerians now had access to good water supply.
He said that the ministry was working, in partnership with stakeholders, to eradicate open defecation in Nigeria by 2025 through its water projects.
Besides, the minister said that the ministry was also collaborating with women that were engaged in irrigation farming in efforts to alleviate poverty in the country.
He commended the mass media for their support through their reportage, noting that they had greatly sensitised the citizens to the benefits of water.
The Minister, who launched a five-year compendium on water resources development in Nigeria from 2015 to 2020, said that it was a compilation of all the government’s projects and achievements in the water sector in the last five years.
Earlier in her remark, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, said that the success of the First Media Water Week led to the hosting of the second edition.
Walson-Jack, who was represented by Mr Benson Ajiselore, a director in the ministry, said that the media had been infallible partners in the government’s water sector development programme.