Water For Development


The following are caried out by this division:

  1. Design and execute training
  2. Assist consultancy division in conducting short courses, workshops, and the other assignments
  3. Design and conduct training extension to industries and the end users
  4. Encourage staff and students to make academic publications and attend related seminars, workshops, and conferences
  5. Offer technical in the area of code of practice
  6. Pland and conduct practical industrial tours for teaching and learning


  • The Code of Practice Division has the responsibility to identify and develop Codes of Practice suitable for Nigeria conditions. This function is achieved in collaboration with Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), and other stakeholders in the Water sector. This is in addition to other  responsibilities of the Division which include:
  • Youth Empowerment Training Programmes.
  • Training Needs Assessment for the sector.
  • Certification of Best Practices/Products in the Sector


  • Provide for the comprehensive regulation and supervision of dams, reservoirs, water obstructions in Nigeria in order to protect the health, safety, welfare and property of the people.
  • Assure proper planning, design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and supervision of dams and reservoirs, including preventive measures necessary to provide an adequate margin of safety.
  • Protect the natural resources, environmental rights and conserve and protect the water quality, natural regime and carrying capacity of watercourses.
  • Safeguard Dam Project Safety and associated functions realizations.


Since inception of the Code of Practice Division early in 2008, the main activity of the division has been developing of Code of Practice relevant to Nigerian conditions. However in 2012, the Ag. Director of Training transferred the Youth Empowerment programmes under his office to Code of Practice Division. A brief of Code of Practice Division activities since 2008 are as follows:


The Water Resources Decree 101 of 1993 section 1 sub-section (c) “vested in the FGN the right to ensure the application of appropriate standards and technique for the investigation, use, control, protection and management of water resources.”

The National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), being an organ of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is mandated by section 1 sub-section 2c of its enabling law to produce necessary codes of practice in water resources engineering related to and suitable for Nigerian condition.

1. Code of Practice for Water Well Construction

In pursuance of organizational mandate to develop Codes of Practice relevant to Nigeria, the NWRI in collaboration with Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) and other stakeholders in the Water sector started the development of the Code of Practice for Water Well Construction in 2008 and completed the exercise in 2010. Consequently the Code of Practice for Water Well Construction (NCP 027: 2010), now exists for use in Nigeria.

In 2011 and 2012 NWRI, with support from UNICEF, conducted Sensitization workshops on the Code for Water Well Construction for Water sector stakeholders in six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The Sensitization workshops on the Code were held in Abuja, Bauchi, Enugu, Kaduna, Oshogbo and Uyo with impressive attendance of invited stakeholders from each geopolitical zone.

The code of practice for Water Well Construction is a documentation of standard procedures, mandatory quality control and specification requirements for Water Well Construction in Nigeria. 

2. Code of Practice for Urban Storm Drainage Infrastructures Construction   

Drainage is fundamental to urban living. Many urban settlements in Nigeria do experience flooding as a yearly event.  Flooding occurs when the design of a drainage Infrastructure fails.Therefore well designed and constructed urban drainage is vital in preventing flooding of buildings and roads in Nigeria. Improper provisions for drainage in our Urban communities not only leads to flooding, but can have negative implications for public health especially when public water supply lines are in unlined storm water drainage ditches.

On 17th. October 2012 at the NWRI, the former Executive Director of NWRI Dr. O.A. Bamgboye inaugurated a sixteen – member Technical Committee to develop a Code of Practice for Urban Storm Drainage Infrastructures Construction. The Technical Committee in pursuing the assignment given had a follow-up two days meeting on 19th. and 20th. December 2012. The Technical Committee has not met again since the second meeting for budgetary reasons.

3. The Code of Practice for Reservoir Operation in Nigeria.

In 2016 NWRI is planning to develop the next Code which is the Code of Practice for Reservoir Operation in Nigeria. A budgetry provision in the 2016 Appropriation act has been made to develop the code; however the funds are not available yet.

  • Project activities / Methodology: The work will be facilitated as follows: 
    1. Meetings of constituted Project Steering Committee members. The Committee is responsible for developing general framework of the Code and drafting the content. The Steering Committee is comprised of Six (6) from NWRI project team members, and two representatives of SON.
    2.  Sourcing and desk study of relevant literatures, reference materials and background documentation on the subject matter to guide in the preparation of the content of the Code. This will include the use of internet, Journals, books, reports, enabling laws etc;
    3. Meeting of constituted Technical Committee members to peer reviewed the draft framework and content of the code. The committee comprised of thirty (30) persons - 2 from Standard Organization of Nigeria, 10 from NWRI and 18 stakeholders (from Professional bodies, BDAs, Water Boards, RUWASSAs, Power Holding Company, FMWR) evenly selected from the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
    4. Organize a workshop for stakeholders to present the draft copy of the Code for public views and comments;
    5. Harmonization of emerging views on the Draft Code by the Technical Committee members and finalisation of the content of the code by incorporating the views and comments of stakeholders arising from the workshop;
    6. Further work by NWRI Code of Practice project team on any outstanding grey area of the Final Draft Code in close consultation with the Technical Committee members;
    7. Present a final copy of the draft Code to Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).
  • Expected outcimes: At the end of the project, the following are expected to be achieved:
  1. Final copy of Draft Code of Practice on Reservoir Operation;
  2. The general public is sensitized on the existence of the Code;
  3. Final copy of Draft Code presented to Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) for codification.
Executive Director

Dr. Emmanuel Adanu
Executive Director