As part of the efforts to mark this year’s World Water Day, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources has decided to tackle some of the problems hindering availability of potable water supply to some communities in the Abuja metropolis.
The minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu while briefing the media yesterday ahead of the World Water Day with the theme: “Leaving no one behind,” said Nigerians should see water as a right and not a privilege.
The minister said that apart from the financial constrain to achieving water supply in the country, another problem is the poor attitude of citizens to water which many do not take as a major necessity of life.
Adamu, stressed that it is not only the federal government that should address the issue of water adding that the states need to do more to ensure uninterrupted water supply.
He stressed that “whoever you are water is your human right and the right entitles everyone without discrimination to affordable water for personal and domestic uses such as drinking, sanitation and other household hygiene”.
He also stated that in order to achieve this, everybody must be carried along in the decision making process while funding of the scheme must be specifically targeted at those who need it most.
“ I want to remind the public that the responsibility for providing water supply and sanitation facilities solely rest on the state and local government authorities. Whatever effort the federal government is doing is just to complement what they are doing. We are working very hard to complete schemes that we inherited.
“ Still the state needs to do more. They need further push to ensure priority is given to water and sanitation. There are lots of things going on, but the two key challenges are finance, and secondly the way they take water supply and sanitation, they need to take water supply as top priority. Water is life but we are putting it at the tale end of the situation, and it requires a lot of investments in terms of provision and in terms of operations and maintenance,” Adamu said.
He said that the ministry in collaboration with stakeholders would provide three solar powered boreholes to some needy communities to commemorate this year’s World Water Day.