Water For Development


In October 1979, the National Institute of Water Resources (NIWR) began to operate as a project under the Federal Department of Water Resources. Later it was legally established through the enactment of the "National Water Resources Institute" (NWRI) Decree No. 3 of March 2nd, 1985.

Currently, National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap No. 83, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.


  1. Promote and Develop Training Courses in Water Resources.
  2. Advise the Minister on National Water Resources training needs and priorities;
  3. Perform applied research functions in all aspects of water resources development and management (i.e. flood control, river regulation, reclamation, drainage, irrigation, domestic and industrial water supply, sanitation and hygiene practice, sewage and sewerage treatment);
  4. Perform such ancillary services on planning of water resources management and river basin development;
  5. Promote necessary codes of practice in water resources development and management suitable for Nigerian conditions;
  6. Promote the establishement of a uniform national water resources data collection system relating to surface and subsurface water resources;
  7. Provide for the training of the various sector stakeholders on short courses and formulate programme of work in the field of water resources;
  8. Establish and maintain a Water Resources Library, Documentation and Conference centre;
  9. Publish or sponsor publication of water resources journals;
  10. Promote cooperation in water resources development and management with similar bodies within and outside the country and with international bodies connected with water resources management and operations; and
  11. Carry out such other activities as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of its functions under this Act.


To be the foremost institution for capacity development on sustainable water resources management in Nigeria and internationally.


  • Institute is committed to the practical training of sector stakeholders to develop their capacities and equip them with skills for implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • In pursuance of excellence, Institute seeks to provide leadership and focus in the conduct of applied research; acquisition, analysis, storage and dissemination of water resources data and information in Nigeria.


  • NWRI is a goverment owned Institution - A parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
  • Located in Kaduna (North-central Nigeria)
  • Led by an Executive Director/Chief Executive, supported by 3 Directors (Head of Departments i.e, Administration and Finance, Research and Technical Services, and Training Departments)

Executive Director

Dr. Emmanuel Adanu
Executive Director