Abdulhamid Gwaram (Nigeria)
Government Small Towns Water Supply & Sanitation program, Nigeria
Master of Integrated Water Management
Adbulhamid studied Civil Engineering in Nigeria, and worked with the water supply department of the federal ministry of water resources in Nigeria for over a decade as a civil/water resources engineer before studying the Masters program.
After studying Civil Engineering in Nigeria, I worked with the water supply department of the federal ministry of water resources for over a decade as a civil/water resources engineer.
I was involved in many projects that apply principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), such as the involvement and empowerment of stakeholders, especially women and local users, in decision-making in the water sector.
I was therefore very excited when I saw the opportunity to study the International WaterCentre's (IWC) Master of Integrated Water Management in Australia in 2011 under the AusAID scholarship, and I made my choice without hesitation.
This scholarship helped me realise my dream of obtaining international level knowledge of water management.
It was also an opportunity for me to learn how things are done in other places, and to make great new friends from all over the world.
I can still remember when we first gathered at Stradbroke Island and realised that we came from more than twenty different countries of the world.
Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation program
I am now the project officer in charge of implementation of the Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation program, improving the water supply coverage of small towns in Nigeria in a sustainable manner.
Nigeria's water reform
Nigeria is currently undergoing reform in its water management as a result of a paradigm shift to modern strategies. With the knowledge I obtained from the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management through the AusAID scholarship, I am able to contribute significantly to a viable and sustainable water resources management system for my country.
I am also passionately involved in the Presidential Initiative for Women Empowerment, a special project targeted at economic empowerment and poverty alleviation for local and hard-to-access women.
Thank you AusAID
The opportunity afforded by the scholarship is not limited only to me, but also to my family. We had a wonderful time in Australia, made friends and visited wonderful places. Most importantly, my daughter Noor was born in Australia during my study period.
Thank you AusAID for this opportunity.