The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H Adamu, has won the prestigious WaterAid’s 2021 President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to achieving long-lasting results in the WASH Sector.
The award, which was presented to him at his office in Abuja by the Country Director of WaterAid Mrs Evelyn Mere, who represented the CEO of WaterAid UK Mr Tim Wainwright is the highest commendation presented to outstanding supporters of WaterAid on behalf of WaterAid’s President, HRH Prince Charles of Wales.
She said the exceptional leadership of the Minister has positioned Nigeria on a path toward achieving transformational change in Nigeria’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene Sector.
The Country Director commended the leadership provided by the Eng. Adamu during the development of the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) by the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW) of which the Minister is the Vice President, added that the Minister showed utmost commitment to ensuring the domestication of existing policies into alignment with ASPG.
She said under the leadership of the Minister, the Federal Government declared a state of emergency in the WASH sector in 2019 and also approved a 13-year National WASH Action plan.
She expressed optimism that the Minister will continue making meaningful contributions in ensuring that everyone and everywhere in Nigeria gets clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
In his response, the Minister expressed appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales, the CEO of WaterAid UK Mr Tim Wainwright and the entire WaterAid team for the recognition accorded the activities of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources through the award.
He noted that this award was indicative of International recognition of the efforts being put in place in ensuring the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals 6.1 and 6. 2 which are Water Sanitation and Hygiene related.
Adamu pledged the commitment of the Federal government to meet up with the National Open Defecation-Free Roadmap by 2025, adding that collaborative efforts with the private sector will ensure its sustainability.
The Minister dedicated the award to the entire WASH team adding that the leadership provided by him was sustained by the collective efforts of all team members.