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Create Ministry Of Water Resources To End Water Scarcity In Ogun, AWDROP Urges Gov. Abiodun



Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The National Vice President, Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Alhaji Oluwatoyin Yusuf has called on Ogun state government to ensure creation of Ministry of Water Resources to solve the problem of acute shortage of water supply in the state. 

The Vice President maintained that, the creation of the water ministry would end the challenges confronting residents of the state in search of drinkable water. 

Alh. Yusuf made this call on Tuesday during first Annual General Meeting of the association held in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.

He added that, the public water system had across the federation, calling on Ogun state government to rehabilitate all dysfunctional private borehole facilities spread across the state to cushion the suffering of the people. 

He added that, AWDROP has professionals such as Geophysicists, Geologists, Installers and Pump repairers who can support the government in diagnosing the boreholes. 

He noted that if the public water system are working perfectly, there won't be need for drilling boreholes in major towns of the state. 

Alh. Yusuf therefore called the state government to collaborate with the association in order to end the suffering of the people in search of drinkable water. 

"The public water system had failed, not only in Ogun State but also in most States of the Federation. And there many dysfunctional borehole facilities spread across the  nooks and cranny of Ogun State. I will advise the government to start the programme of the rehabilitation of these boreholes and collaborate with AWDROP.

"AWDROP has professionals ranging from Geophysicists, Geologists, Installers and Pump repairers. The first thing they will do is do the diagnoses of the boreholes to assess the boreholes. 

"If the public system of water supply is working well, there won't be the need for drilling boreholes in a major towns like Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Sagamu. If government will collaborate with us, it will alleviate the problem of the people."

He continued, "I only know of the Ministry of Environment, Water Resources Ministry used to be a big Ministry, where you have the surface water, the mini water scheme, the public water system and the rural water.

"In some States in accordance with water supply and sanitation sector reform programme, initiated by UNICEF, there must be three spheres of water in Nigeria. There must be rural water, small town and urban water supply. This is the normal approach towards ensuring adequate water supply to the State.

"It is very necessary for the State government to create the Ministry of water resources. This will solve the problem of acute shortage of water supply in the State. Water is life, there is no alternative to water, there is alternative to power supply, you have hydro power, solar and the wind system among others but for water supply, there is none. There must be a Ministry of Water Resources."

Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the association, Engr. Wole Adekoya said the association has placed utmost importance on achieving goodwill and public confidence on the capacity of the association members to deliver on contracted jobs. 

Engr. Adekoya added that, parts of the challenges confronting the association is the menace of quacks who engage in borehole drilling, noting that the association would neutralise them in due course through its task force. 

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