The Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN), has commenced the construction of water facilities in schools and hospitals in the six-geo-political zones and the FCT.
Its National President, Mr Francis Uzoma, said this on sidelines of the courtesy visit on the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, this became necessary, following reports of huge gap in access to potable water in many parts of the country.
He said the intervention was part of the association’s Corporate Social Responsibility towards ending the practice of Open Defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
He noted that lack of potable water fueled continued practice of open defecation, saying the partnership was in line with federal government’s roadmap.
Uzoma stated that the essence of the visit was to seek for ways to support the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign and to also strengthen partnership for better engagements.
He noted that as part of their collaborative effort, BODAN could help in the collection of borehole data which can be used in National Development and planning.
“Part of our resolutions from the just concluded National Executive Council meeting was that our Vice Chairmen have been mandated to commence construction of water facilities in their geo-political zones.
“It is part of our CSR to increase the population of people with access to potable water supply in communities.
“The minister had told us to ensure that we focus our interventions around hospitals and schools, the pilot phase is being done to be in line with the upcoming world water day celebration, slated for March 22’’.
Responding, Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, urged the association to always insist on carrying out Water Quality Tests after drilling boreholes.
He noted that the ministry had a world-class water testing laboratories in all the geopolitical zones of the country in order to protect their company names and integrity.
He said water quality had been threatened, saying that the universal standard for water quality remained very important to the ministry.
“ The Ministry has invested heavily in providing world class water testing laboratories across the country, we want members of the association to comply with the laid down rules.
“We also want to ensure that they carry out adequate water quality tests and also report Contractors and Drillers who are not complying with appropriate regulatory bodies.
“The population is growing rapidly across the nation and the Federal Government is not leaving any stone unturned in addressing the deficit in Water Supply’’.
He urged BODAN members to come up with innovations that will use local products to support their businesses and deliver more potable water to all Nigerians.