Nigeria warns communities against defecating, dumping wastes in dams, rivers, streams

Federal Ministry of Water Resources on Saturday called on communities to stop defecating, bathing, washing and indiscriminate dumping of solid wastes in rivers, streams and in irrigation facilities.

The Minister, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, made this call in a statement at the end of a Sensitisation Workshop on Women Participation in Water Users’ Associations (WUAs), for Irrigated Agriculture in Gari irrigation site.

Adamu was represented at the event by Engr. Oyeronke Oluniyi, Director, Irrigation and Drainage, of the ministry.

The Workshop was organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, in collaboration with Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority.

He noted that the culture of abuse of waterways was common in communities hosting irrigation sites and charged river basin development authorities to encourage women participation in the operation and maintenance of irrigation systems.

According to him, a well-structured Water User Association, promotes a sustainable and better managed irrigated agriculture.

He said the quality of water used for irrigation was essential for the yield and quantity of crops, maintenance of soil productivity, and protection of the environment.

“Also, of great relevance is to human health, as regards consumption of some food items, eaten directly or mildly cooked, apart from consuming the right quantity of food, the nutritional aspect is also of great significance.

“The quality of irrigation water depends on many factors for its successful application and beneficial uses, they include soil type, irrigation methods adopted and drainage conditions of the area.

“These constituents affecting the suitability of irrigation water for agriculture are greatly dependent on the activities and practices of people settling within the catchment of any irrigation scheme.’’

The minister said federal government was committed to achieving food security, poverty alleviation, job and wealth creation, through sustainable irrigation agriculture.

He commended the contribution of the Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority towards the performance of the management transfer process from Government-controlled, to farmer-managed.

He however called on women and the youth to be at the forefront of promoting the attainment of good quality water in canals and reservoirs, for safe crop production through irrigation.

Recall that the conception and initiation of the Sensitization and Training Workshop was enlighten and encourage women and all genders to participate actively in WUAs.

This, the organisers say would increase the awareness level on the right and safe techniques to adopt while disposing or discharging waste water, in order not to compromise the quality of water meant for irrigation.

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