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Nigerian govt seeks to commercialise River Basin Development Authorities

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Suleiman Adamu, the minister of water resources has said the government is seeking alternative sources of funding to shore-up the revenue base of the nation’s River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) and make them self-reliant as part of the ongoing reforms in the agency.

Adamu said the reform of the RBDAs is not privatisation but partial commercialisation to make them economically viable, self-reliant and sustainable.

He disclosed this in Abuja at a three-day business implementation training on the partial commercialisation of four pilot RBDAs.

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He assured that the reform would cause no job losses, adding that the federal government was aware of the RBDA’s challenges.

Four RBDAs namely: Ogun-Osun RBDA, Upper-Niger RBDA, Sokoto-Rima Basin RBDA and Niger-Delta RBDA have been selected by the federal ministry of water resources in collaboration with the BPE for phased pilot partial commercialisation.

By Ibraheem Alawode

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