The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has commissioned a borehole at the Federal Government College, Apo, Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
The borehole was donated to the school by the Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN) as part of their corporate social responsibility and to also commemorate the 2016 World Water Day.
Mr, Adamu said that the source of water supply to most communities is often unreliable and sometimes contaminated by rusty and unhygienic drainages network system so it has become imperative to look for better methods of water supply channels.
‘’it is in the bid to solve this problem that some government organisations, corporate bodies and individuals are resorting to the use of boreholes, he explained.
He called on the school authority to imbibe good maintenance habits as they take ownership of the borehole, he also urged the association to work hard in getting rid of quacks in the system.
National Water Bill
The Minister added that the National Water Bill which is underway to becoming law will check excesses of drillers in the industry.
In his response, the principal of the college, Mr. Jonathan Mbaakaa thanked the minister and the drillers association for the borehole in the college which had been facing water challenges adding that the borehole came as a relief to the college.
Mr Mbaakaa promised to safeguard the borehole saying that “as water is life, the borehole is a source of life to us and we would guard it jealousy’’
The president Borehole Drillers Association, Mr. Francis Uzoma said that the association is partnering with the ministry to ensure that its members adhere to the guidelines stipulated by the ministry.
On the National Water Bill, Mr Francis gave the association’s assurance to work with the recommendations of the bill when passed into law in charting a new phase of life for the drilling business in Nigeria.