From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The. National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna has successfully trained eighteen Liberians Geologists, Mining Engineers, Plumbers and Civil Engineers in sewage treatment, water treatment, exploration of ground water, conveying water from treatment plants to end users.
The Executive Director of NWRI, Professor Emmanuel Akanu disclosed this during the closing ceremony of the one-month course
He said the Institute offered standard training for the participants, most importantly when they realized that the participants were not technically and academically enlightened to the level the Institute was providing.
He said that the Liberia’s standard of education very high, but the participants have not been in contact with courses of this nature due the years of war the country went through, but are now picking up.
Prof Adamu also informed that the NWRI is hosting the UNESCO Category II Centre – Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management and is supposed to cater for the whole of West African Sub-region with 15 countries.
“What we do is to make sure the West African sub-region is enlightened on the importance of such institution, and also what it could do for management of water resources.
“We’ve had people from Senegal, Niger, The Gambia come do some courses here, but we’re taking it further this time to make sure those who are not aware of this, we spread it to them.
“We also organize conferences and invite people all over the world come to discuss issues concerning water resources management,’ he said.
In his remark the Head of delegation Liberians Team Jefferson Thokpay Chea,said the training has been very rewarding for his team
According to him, members of the team are from different technical institutions in Liberia who are into sewage treatment, water treatment, exploration of ground water, conveying water from treatment plants to end users.
“So you can see how technical and import our work is in terms of provision of services to people especially in urban areas.”
Chea said the course was very technical and the facilitators gave them very good materials, pointing out that there was something unique about the NIWR particularly in the aspect of ground water exploration.
He informed newsmen that they were taught ground water exploration, water quality, statistical data modeling predicting floods, and being able to carve where people can be able to live out of droppings, where people should not build structures.
He said that they were also taught the kind of technical investigations to be carried out before pulling down certain structures. So it was very rewarding and a kind of interactive training course.
“Even though the duration was short, but we thanked the lecturers and the Management of NWRI in general for the experience and expertise, who given the time constraint, were able to carve the course outline so that it meets exactly the primary aspect of what we came to learn.
He said that both countries, Nigeria and Liberia has similar conditions,characteristics, hence, whatever they learnt from NWRI can be easily applicable in their country.
“We have similar geology, hydrological conditions, climatic conditions: Rain and Dry seasons. You can see all we have learnt here could be so easily replicated in my country, ” he said.