October 22, 2018
Head of NRW Unit at FCTWB, Engr. M. K. Rabiu making his presentation at the Seminar
In collaboration with Federal Capital Territory Water Board (FCTWB), JICA concluded a technical cooperation project titled "The Federal Capital Territory Reduction of Non-Revenue Water Project" with a final seminar on Monday 22nd October, 2018 inviting stakeholders including from State Water Agencies (SWAs) and Development Partners. The Project started in October 2014 and has achieved its objectives of enhancing the capacity of FCTWB staff in reducing Non-Revenue (NRW) through pilot activities in 3 areas identified in Abuja, capital of Nigeria.
The outputs achieved at the end of the project are satisfying. Amongst the outputs include the reduction of NRW from 67% to 32.5% in pilot metering areas of Jabi, Gudu and Garki I, setting up of operational procedures for effective NRW reduction and the development of a "Medium-Term Strategic Plan for Reduction of NRW (2019 to 2023)".
The Mid-Term plan, developed from the pilot activities conducted over the past 4 years, together by FCTWB staff and Japanese experts lays necessary actions needed to be taken by FCTWB to ensure NRW is reduced strategically from 48.3% to 35.1% over the next 5 years, through budgetary allocations, appointment of well trained staff for leakage survey and development of pipeline data, amongst other action steps.
According to the estimation of Mid-Term plan, 3.9 billion naira will be accounted to FCTWB as direct revenue. The NRW reduction is not only about improving the water services quality but also strongly committing to financial reinforcement of the water entities.
JICA's project is the first large scale project of NRW reduction in the country. However, SWAs in the country have high NRW ratio, so it would be helpful if they engage in knowledge sharing with FCTWB in order to enhance their capacity for reducing NRW in their own territories and to operate like business entities to efficiently serve the rapidly increasing urban population.
In conclusion, JICA hopes that by 2023 when the Mid-Term Plan has been fully implemented, the NRW ratio in Abuja will reduce from the large 48.3 % as it stands today to 35.1%.
Group photo with participants at the seminar