States must take ownership, invest in potable water – Board chairman

The Chairman, FCT Water Board, Engr. Kashim Ali, has called on states to invest massively in the provision of potable water for their citizens.

Ali said it was worrisome that pipe-borne water was non-existent in many parts of the country, saying states were duty-bound to seek out ways of improving access to potable water for their population.

Ali said that a recent survey about causes of gastroenteritis in some hospitals in Abuja revealed that consumption of polluted water sources was a major factor.

He stated that the problem was addressed through the shutting down of affected boreholes and connecting the households to the public water system.

According to the chairman, the controversies delaying the passage of the National Water Resources bill will not do the country any good, saying it was high time the bill was passed.

Speaking about the proposed Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) fund, Ali said that this would serve as a central pool of resources that would meet the peculiar needs of all states.

He said that the introduction of public – private partnership would go a long way towards repositioning the water resources sector in Nigeria.

Ali stated that efforts must be geared toward prioritising the passage of the National Water Resources bill into law, as it would help in ending water pollution and water-related illnesses.

Ali, who is also a past President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, said that Nigeria can no longer ignore the impact of climate change which has manifested as extreme changes to our environment, such as frequent and intense rainfall, rise in sea level, which mostly result to flooding.

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