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Nigeria: How We Spent Billions On Water Projects in Seven Years - Ministry

Nigeria: How We Spent Billions On Water Projects in Seven Years - Ministry

Aug 26, 2018

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has finally fulfilled his promise to render account on spending on water projects across the country by providing Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) with detailed information on spending of billions of naira on 292 projects between 2010 and 2016.

The documents were presented last week before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mr Adamu had in September asked the court to grant the ministry more time within which to compile and furnish SERAP with information on the spending on water, and locations of specific projects, in view of the high volume of the information involved.

When the case up last Friday, the court asked the minister's lawyer: "If SERAP is asking for information, why is your ministry not providing it?" Mr Adamu's lawyer answered: "we have just furnished SERAP with the information they requested." The court welcomed the action by the ministry of water resources, and said that the ministry of agriculture too should give SERAP the information requested rather than coming to court.

SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale said, "We are studying the large documents on spending on several water projects, with some completed but also several more uncompleted. Our team is analysing the total project sums, comparing the amounts spent on projects. We will publish the full information together with our analysis on our website and social media platforms shortly. We are now sharing the information on just 19 of the 292 projects, with summaries of some of the amounts spent. We have also set up a verification team to check the status of projects against the total amounts reportedly spent."