By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority (BORBDA), has called for prompt passage of the National Water Bill before the close of the 8th National Assembly.
Programme Managing Director of BORBDA, Engr. Saliu Osifuemhe Ahmed, said this at a ceremony to mark the 2019 World Water Day with had as its theme: “Leaving No One Behind”.
He assured that Bill would help to activate the water policies and programme of the government if the Bill which is currently before the National Assembly, is passed.
He called on all states and local governments to redouble their efforts in their primary responsibilities of the provision of potable water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.
He maintained that the theme captures the main essence of the fact that water is a human right.
Ahmed, revealed that the programme was designed to focus attention on the importance of water in our daily lives.
Ahmed expressed concern that despite the fact that Nigeria cannot be described as a water hard up Country, yet, its water management practices leave much to be desired, resulting in a proverbial slang that “water everywhere but not a drop to drink”.
According to him, the plethora of packaged water whether in sachets or bottles for safe water, with its concomitant economic strains he noted demands that we seek better ways to make water more available in the right quantity and right amount.
To further buttress his view, he said the BORBDA had over the years implemented several projects aimed at providing safe water in most Communities in its catchments States of Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo by providing boreholes fitted with hand pumps and motorised pumps powered by either generators or solar power.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Energy and Water Resources Mrs. Akojie Oboh, expressed the State government’s commitment to providing potable and safe drinking water for the use of it citizens irrespective of where they live in.
The programme which was organised by the Commission, attracted stakeholders from the world of business, academia, politics and professionals in water resource management industry.
The stakeholder unanimously agreed the event which featured drama presentations by students of selected secondary schools in Benin, described water as an essential ingredient for the sustenance of human life, needs and should be available for all irrespective of location or status.
The stakeholders also advocated for the entrenchment of workable management policies and programmes that will make water available for all in the right quality and quantity.