The Federal Government has called for collaboration with the state governments to ensure adequate rural water supply across the country.
The permanent secretary, federal ministry of agricultural and rural development mallam Mohammed Umar made the call in a message to the media outreach in commemoration of this year’s World Water Day in Abuja.
Mallam Usman said the collaboration with states government would go a long way in guaranteeing more accessibility of water to the rural dwellers.
Also speaking, the coordinator Afro Rural water supply initiative A-RUSSI Mr. Mike Ale called for more public private partnership to ensure adequate supply especially in the rural areas.
“The department of of rural development through the presidency saw the much needed opportunity to make rural people have access to water and they see the need to empower the local Nigeria master drillers hence they came with an idea of support to master drillers which today has become an initiative “.
Mr. Ale also advocated for stringent measure to regulate indiscriminate proliferation of boreholes by foreign investors in the country.
“Many artisans and professional turner who would have turned to big drilling rig manufacturing merchants are left behind, many skills have died off because of the infiltration by the for drilling operator because of lack of institutional arrangement to prevent such collateral damage to the drilling industry. “
Similarly, the ministry of Water Resources has reiterated its commitment to ensure sufficient, safe and affordable water for domestic use for the Nigerian citizens.
The Minister, Mallam Suleiman Adamu gave the affirmation at a news conference as part of activities to commemorate the 2019 World water day in Abuja.
Mallam Adamu stressed that right to water for all would be accorded more priority through adequate budgeting for the sector.
“Water for all implies that the elderly, disabled, marginalised and poor poor people get access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation in line with sustainable development goals (SDG) 6.1 and 6.2.”
“Everybody must be carried along in the decision making process. The right to water for all must be recognized and funding for water must be specifically targeted at those who need it the most. “
The Minister added that in line with this year,s theme the ministry in collaboration with stakeholders would inaugurate three solar power boreholes in some needed communities within the federal territory and it’s environs.