Ekiti state

 

 

Ekiti state
The task force which is made up of representatives of the Police,
Civil Defense, State Forestry Commission, Ministry of Justice,
Association of Water well drilling rig owners and practitioners
(AWDROP), Borehole drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN),
Association of Ground Water Explorationists (AGE) and the Ekiti State
Water and Sanitation Regulatory Agency (EK-WASRA), was established to
monitor compliance and support enforcement of regulations guiding
borehole drilling in the State.

Speaking during the celebration of the annual Water Day and
inauguration of the committee, the Overseeing Commissioner of the
State Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Professor
Bolaji Aluko lamented that poor regulation for borehole drilling had
culminated to increase in various unprofessional and unethical
activities and conduct of practitioners in the sector to the detriment
of the people.

Prof. Aluko explained that the State Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH) law, 2022, which included proper regulation of the borehole
industry through licensing, was enacted to sanitize the entire water
sector.

According to him, the focus is to achieve sustainability, reduction in
the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases, poverty and promotion of
public private partnership in the State, adding that the move was also
aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets 6.1
and 6.2 which require provision of quality WASH services at affordable
prices.

He said that regulation would address the issue of groundwater
protection in order to improve both the quality and quantity of the
resources, capture borehole data and status across the State, regulate
the activities of the drillers’ quality of service for customer
satisfaction and checkmate the menace of quackery.

Soliciting the continued support of all stakeholders for efforts of
Government for quality service delivery in the water sector, Aluko
stressed the need for all and sundry to make the mantra of the Ekiti
State Water and Sanitation Regulatory Agency (EK-WASRA) “water for our
benefit, its sustainability our collective responsibility” their
watchwords.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of
Infrastructure and Public Utility, Engr. Olumide Ajayi described the
theme for the year 2022 World Water Day “Groundwater: Making the
Invisible Visible” as very apt, adding that it is in tandem with the
State Government’s drive to regulate the water sector and make
available safe and affordable.

Engr. Ajayi stressed that the impact of the climate change as well as
the never ending need for water by the fast growing population has
necessitated a careful attention to the quality, quantity and
management of groundwater for the benefit of mankind.

 

 

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