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Climate Change: ‘Accessibility to Water Supply Means of Livelihood’

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The need for Nigerians especially people in the rural areas to have access to potable water has again been stressed due to the increase in population, leading to geographical expansion and the natural effect of climate change.

This was revealed at the workshop/media outright held in Abuja over the weekend to mark the World Water Day with the theme: “Leaving No One Behind”, organised by the department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in partnership with the Association of Waterwell Drilling Rigs Owners & Association under the Agro-Rural Water Supply Support Initiative .

Delivering his address, the National Coordinator of the Agro-Ruràl Water Supply Support Initiative, (A-RUWASSI), Engr. Michael Ale said,  if this year is going to make any reasonable sense in line with the stipulated terms of the SDGs 2030, it is imperative that the capacity of local drilling companies built  up to provide quality water that would not leave anyone behind in universal and equitable access to safe drinking water.

Ale therefore, called on all government institutions and multinational agencies to emulate the ministry  and come in partnership with the initiative of the association in the area of loan finance, capacity building, institute industry so as to support the Nigerian borehole industry in ensuring water supply.

He said this will further encourage members of the association to be more active and provide more efficient service delivery to our various communities.

He however urged the states government to see the opportunity provided by A-RUWASSI and take the lead in taking the advantages it offers for sporadic Rural Water Supply Support.

According to him, “as an association, after due consideration of our much predicament, we began our plea and much needed advocacy which garnered momentum by approaching banks and other government financial institutions, but they all failed us.

“The Department of Rural Development through the presidency saw the much-needed opportunity to make more rural people have access to water and 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.”

He however, declared the resolve of the association to collaborate with the rural Nigerians, especially state governments that wish not to be left behind in the aggressive rural water supply to their community.

 


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