Assessment of the Nigerian National Hydrological Service
An example of the implementation of the methodology depicted in the Handbook for Review of National Capabilities is the study conducted by the Nigerian Government with support from WMO to assess the status of the Nigerian NHS.
The water endowments of Nigeria have been placed in the forefront of the national agenda of development programmes by the Government for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. To find solutions to the growing problems of water resources the Government has taken the initiative to revamp hydrological activities in Nigeria and strengthen hydrological services and networks which are vital to the formulation of sound integrated water resources planning and development projects, especially in the context of the extended drought and climate variability that has plagued West Africa in general and Nigeria in particular, in the last three decades. A WMO consultant carried out field work and visited relevant agencies and establishments in May 2006. This was followed by a two-day workshop involving various stakeholders (from Federal Ministry of Water Resources, River Basin Development Authorities, Water Boards, etc) and experts (from Universities and various institutions).
The objective of this study was to:
a) Evaluate the current status of administrative and functional set-up of the Nigerian Hydrological Service (NHS) vis-à-vis the needs of the clients;
The final report is to be delivered to the Nigerian Government which, on the basis of it, would take the necessary actions and design the appropriate policies to ensure the maximum contribution of the hydrological activities to the development of the country.
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