​Water Specialist calls for improved water supply

By Post Nigeria January 9, 2015 16:34

​Water Specialist calls for improved water supply

Prof. Lekan Oyebande, a Water Specialist, on Friday urged all stakeholders to put in place policies to improve water supply for all Nigerians.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, he asserted that in Abuja only a small percentage of Nigerians received water from public waterworks, hence finding alternative sources of drinking water.

He said that in every sector, the demand for water was expected to increase as water lies at the heart of everything that is important to human life.

“Food, sanitation, energy, transport, production of goods and the biosphere such as water ensures not only mere survival of humans, but also the social well-being and economic growth.

He added: “we must put all measures in place to improve access to water for all Nigerians,”

He went further to cite an example of the FCT, saying only a fraction of its residents enjoyed pipe borne water, citing Garki, Wuse and Maitama axis alone.

He enumerated that satellite towns such as: Kubwa, Karu among others usually depended on boreholes and alternative sources of water.

According to him, urban slums such as Durumi, Apo village, Dutse, Kpaduma rely on water from `Mairuwas’ (water vendors), which were usually not suitable for consumption, only for domestic use.

The water specialist said effective water supply was a major driver of economic development, stating that efforts must be made by all to improve the lives of Nigerians adding that while government is the ultimate custodian of water resources, many other stakeholders also had a role to play in delivering solutions.

He told NAN that public-private-civil society coalitions were needed to collectively address the water security issue.

According to estimates from UNICEF and WHO published in 2013, a staggering 768 million people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

This, they say, causes illnesses and preventable deaths in hundreds of thousands of children each year, while most of the people without access are poor and live in rural areas or urban slums.

The Federal Government had promised to achieve 75 per cent water coverage by 2015 with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources revealing that 65 per cent of the populace has access to safe drinking water.​