Experts have advised Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abuodun to create the Ministry of Water Resources to urgently address the problem of acute shortage of water supply in the State.
For the past few weeks now, there had been acute water shortage in some parts of Ogun State. All the public pipes are dried up, forcing residents to look for water from unhygienic sources.
To solve this problem, the Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) have urged the State government to unbundle the Ministry of Environment by creating the Water Resources Ministry in line with the recommendation of UNICEF in providing adequate water supply to the people.
The National Vice President of AWDROP, Oluwatoyin Yusuff gave the advice during the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Ogun State chapter of the association, held in Abeokuta, the State capital.
He lamented the failure of the public water system and urged the government to commence the rehabilitation of abandoned and dysfunctional borehole facilities spread across the State to meet up with the water demand of the people.
His words, “The public water system has 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.”
“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.”
“I know some States have the Ministry of Water Resources but we do not have that here in Ogun State. 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.”
“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”, Yusuff added.
He urged the government to collaborate with the association to solve the problem of water supply in the State.
In his own contribution, the Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of AWDROP, Wole Adekoya, said since the public water system had failed, everybody now rely on ground water for their daily usage.
He noted that the association had been doing its best to curb quackery in the profession and advised members of the public to desist from patronising quacks.
The Secretary of the association in the State, Lanre Jaji said the association had initiated move to partner with the State government to ensure steady water supply in the State.