Ministry of Water Resources

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The Ministry of Water Resources was created in December 2014 when it was separated from the Ministry of Rural Development. It is currently headed by Barr. Gowon E. Halan as the Honourable Commissioner and Mrs Jemima Nathans as it’s Permanent Secretary.

Functions of the Ministry

The Ministry functions primarily for the following reasons:

  • Provide and manage urban water infrastructure in the state.
  • Identify and document existing surface and underground water potentials of the state for future systematic harnessing.
  • Ensure the supply of potable water for the populace, livestock and industries.
  • Provide water for rural communities through the drilling of boreholes, hand-dug wells and harness surface water.
  • Ensure that water sources are not polluted.
  • Ensure minimal sanitation standards for the rural populace.
  • Develop and manage irrigation infrastructure in the state.
  • Advise Government on issues relating to all subject matter under the purview of the Ministry.

Agencies in the Ministry

Agencies under this ministry include;

  • Taraba State Water Supply Agency and;
  • Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency

Achievements of the Ministry

Notable achievements by the Ministry includes:

  1. Production of the Taraba State WASH sector policy.
  2. Provision of over 2000 hand pump/motorised boreholes across the state.
  3. Provision of over 1000 hand dug wells, spring and rainwater harnessing in the state.
  4. Provision of VIP and other improved Sanitary facilities in schools, motor parks, markets etc
  5. The enhancing connection of public water supplies in urban centres and small towns.
  6. Enhancing the overall performance of water and sanitation on across the state from mere 33% at the creation of the state to about 55% as at today.
Barrister Gowon Emmanuel
Mrs. Suzy Nathan
Name Duration
Aliyu Gidado 2014 – 2015
Aliyu Legge 2013 – 2014
Haruna Lau 2013
Rebo Usman 2012 – 2013
Name Duration
Alhaji Sale Aliyu Mutun-biyu 2013 – 2014
Saidu Ajiya Karim 2012 – 2013
Mr Manu Gangum 2010 – 2012
Dr Mohammed Hamidu 2009 – 2010
Zubairu Maiwada 2006 – 2009
  1. Taraba State Water Supply Agency.
  2. Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency.