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Title:A Policy Framework for Surface Water and Shallow Groundwater Allocation, with Special Reference to the Komadougou Yobe River Basin, Northeast Nigeria
Author:Carter, Richard C.
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:water management
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.4230150203
Abstract:The Hadejia and Jama'are rivers rise on the Basement Complex of Kano and Bauchi States (northeast Nigeria), and on entering the area underlain by sedimentary rocks, they lose most of their water in their passage through Jigawa, Yobe and Borno to Lake Chad. Water resource developments on the Hadejia branch are now so far advanced that effectively the entire flow is consumed before the confluence, where the river changes name to the Yobe. These developments have taken place in the absence of a coherent, integrated water management policy. This paper describes a framework for policy analysis, showing how analyses of the existing system, and of the knowledge base, can lead, via an explicit critique of current international thinking, to a description of the characteristics of each water-using activity, and their performance in relation to a set of six generic policy objectives: productivity, equity and respect for existing water rights, efficiency of resource use, environmental stability or sustainability, reliability of water supply, and manageability or institutional sustainability. The paper argues, not for a particular water allocation policy, but for clarity and transparency in the development of such policy by the relevant authorities in Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum.