FG to reform RBDAs, seek alternative funding source

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has said that the need to reform the nation’s River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) is to seek alternative sources of funding to shore-up their revenue base and make them self-reliant.

Declaring open a three-day business implementation training on the partial commercialisation of four pilot River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) in Abuja on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Adamu noted that the Federal Government was not unaware of the challenges facing the RBDAS.

Head, Public Communications of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Amina Tukur Othman, in a statement Wednesday in Abuja said he reiterated that the reform of the RBDAs was not privatization but partial commercialization to make them economically viable, self-reliant and sustainable even as he assured of no job losses.

The Minister commended the BPE and the Transaction Adviser for organizing the training aimed at building requisite capacity for the RBDAs staff and other relevant actors towards a successful Commercialization of the pilot projects.

In his remark, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises Mr. Alex A. Okoh reiterated the Federal Government’s unwavering commitment to the promotion of private sector participation in the operationmanagement and maintenance of the RBDAs without divesting its shares.

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