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There are eleven River Basin Development Authorities, RBDAs. They were all established in 1976 by the country's then military Government to exploit Nigeria’s water resources and optimise Nigeria’s agricultural resources for food self sufficiency. The RBDAs include the :

  • Sokoto-Rima Basin, Sokoto
  • Hadejia-Jema’are Basin, Kano
  • Lake Chad Basin, Maiduguri
  • Upper Benue Basin, Yola
  • Lower Benue Basin, Makurdi 
  • Cross River Basin, Calabar
  • Anambra-Imo Basin, Owerri
  • Niger Basin, Ilorin
  • Niger Delta Basin, Port Harcourt
  • Benin-Owena Basin, Benin City 
  • Oshun-Ogun Basin, Abeokuta

RBDA Objectives

  • provision of water for irrigation and domestic water supply
  • improvement of navigation
  • construction of dams for hydro-electric power generation
  • tourism recreation
  • develop and strengthen capacities in fishery 
  • stimulate the growth of plantation farming
  • facilitate development of agro-allied industrial complexes
  • develop infrastructure and encourage social development projects in rural areas  

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