NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES INSTITUTE
National Water Resources Capacity Building Network North Central Regional Centre (NWRCBNet-NC): The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 31st August 2010 between the National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna and the University of Ilorin, Ilorin to establish the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network for North Central (NWRCBNet-NC) Nigeria. This is in line with the directive of the National Council on Water Resources for the establishment of the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet) agreed upon on 13th July 2006.
The Senate of the University at the 226th senate meeting approved an office space for the Centre at the Unilorin Sugar Research Complex, Km 20 Ilorin - Ajase Ipo road, Ilorin.
MANDATE OF THE CENTRE
The NWRCBNet-NC established in the University is charged with the responsibility of coordinating capacity development in the water sector through education, training, research and information dissemination along with the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna in the six (6) States of the North Central Geo-Political Zone, and the FCT, Abuja. The States are Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger and Plateau. The Figure below shows the States covered by NWRCBNet-NC.
To promote effective partnership for education, training, research and information dissemination on water resources development and management with a view of engendering Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)and ecosystem sustainability in the north central states of Nigeria.
The Objectives of NWRCBNet are to:-
- Ensure appropriate and sustainable manpower development for water resources development and management throughout the region
- Strengthen institutions and human capacity through partnerships for the successful implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management in the region
- Enhance cooperation among Capacity Building Institutions (CBIs) in the region for IWRM
- Facilitate applied research and demand driven training and education in IWRM amongst CBIs and Water Agencies (WAs) in the region.
The activities of the Network shall be to plan, develop, conduct and manage specific trainings and applied research activities in North Central geo-political zone of Nigeria as follows:
- Carry out periodical Strength Weakness Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) analysis and institutional assessment for capacity development of Water Agencies and Departments in the sector.
- Develop effective manning-ration to carry out core functions of the Agencies and Departments.
- Carry out training needs assessment exercises in order to determine immediate, short and long term training required in the water sector.
- Carry out joint research and project proposals to solve identified problems in the water sector.
NWRCBNet-NC, is a Network with its membership be drawn from capacity building institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, Water board and River Basin) domiciled in north central Nigeria and engaged directly in education, training, research in various fields relevant to water resources development and management.
The water sector is a multidisciplinary sector which cuts across Engineering, Hydrogeology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Law, Finance, Administration, Management, Soil Science, Meteorology, Irrigation, Hydrology, Microbiology, Sociology etc
CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME
- The regional centre will run a number of programmes aimed at developing capacity for integrated water resources management in the North central region
- The workshops will be demand-driven to tackle identified problems in the water sector
- The short-term courses are 3-days modular training organized for targeted groups in the water sector and include:
i. Climate Change and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
ii. Surface water Development and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
iii. Groundwater Development and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
iv. Gender Mainstreaming and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
v. Integrated River Basin Management
vi. Rural Water Sanitation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
vii. Environmental Health for Sustainable Livelihood
viii. Water Governance, Administration and Finance
ix. Irrigation and Drainage Technology
x. Dams and Reservoir Management
xi. Hydrogeology and Drilling Technology
The long-term course is more specialized professional training for high level manpower in the water sector
i. PGD in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
ii. Master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
- Network Promotion, Training Needs Assessment & Research problem identification.
- Conceptualization of Research topics in areas of Water Resources Challenges in the North Central zone and development of full proposal for sponsorship consideration.
Dr. Emmanuel Adanu