By James, Michael Igiri
If the nation does not improve on its management of groundwater basins Nigerians run the risk of clean water crisis by 2020.
This was revealed by the president, Nigerian Association of Hydro-geologists (NAH) Ehidiamhen Olumese in Ilorin, Kwara state while addressing newsmen after the National Executive Meeting (NEC) of the association.
Olumese said efforts to stem such crisis may include the acquisition of both hydrological and hydrogeological data and systematic study of basin aquifers.
He reiterated that a full implementation of the national water resources master plan, combined with the development a strong financial commitment and prudent management of available resources- such as state ministry of Water Resources and support to River Basin Development Authority to achieve their mandate based on set targets- have now become imperative.
“The groundwater level is going down and we are giving water projects to quacks. The indiscriminate sinking of boreholes are not helping the matter, we must become aware of this and do something. Projects are executed without professional counselling as Hydro-geologists are not consulted.
“The Lake Chad is shrinking and this may soon be causing loss of jobs,” Olumese said.
He further lamented government’s inconsistencies with the River Basin projects and insisted that if it shows commitment, Nigeria can feed the whole of Africa.
The NAH President disclosed that the association’s 29th annual conference tagged Ilorin 2017 will hold in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital from Nov 5 to Nov 10.
He said the conference has as its theme, “Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Water Resources”, will also focus on climate change and inter-basin water transfer, surface and groundwater resources management, environmental monitoring and restoration as sub-theme.