Your borehole is a source of concern for the government and it is not happy because these boreholes are just everywhere.

Some are even dug near toilet sewage, posing grave danger to the health of the users and the government called it huge exploitation of the nation’s groundwater resources. 

The development is a shock to the Federal government and the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, could not hold back his surprise. 

Public water supply system had failed in Nigeria, forcing people to resort to drilling water just anywhere. 

The Minister said such issue could have been minimised, if there were good and sound workable water schemes in Nigeria.

“I am appalled at the rate at which boreholes are being drilled in urban centres.

“There is really no need for it if we have good and sound municipal water schemes working; we shall have no reason; we shall have no business having boreholes at all.

“I had the opportunity of working in a water agency in the old Kano State for years, in those years in the old Kano city; you could hardly see a borehole anywhere in the town.

“But I was shocked at one time a couple of years after I left, and I was on my own; I went into Kano city and I was seeing boreholes and overhead tanks as public water systems.

“It was shocking to me because we did know that we had a robust municipal water supply in those days that had standing pipes for people for free fetching of water and if you had the direct connection into your house, you paid," he said.

Borehole drilling in Nigeria and govt plan

The government had declared a "State of Emergency" in water sector, and the Minister said it was part of ongoing efforts to pass the National Water Bill that will make people change their mind about drilling for water by themselves.

According to him, effort is ongoing by the Federal Government to obtain loan assistance from the World Bank for water projects in six strategic cities in Nigeria.

“We are even talking with the World Bank now, we want to create model cities, we have asked them to provide some facilities for rural water development and for urban water.

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“And the idea is, we want to select  like six cities in this country and make them model cities by helping to put all the necessary water infrastructure in place with house metering and so on.

“With the new corporate structure, we can create them as models for other urban settings, we will also have what we call small towns’ water supply which has been a bit successful.

“When we get this loan, the idea is to do a few as pilot projects and for the states should now key in based on this models and continue," he told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday. 

The Minister emphasised that groundwater resources served as the most important source of water which should not be tampered with.

He, however, gave assurance that when the National Water Bill was passed and finally signed into law, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Commission, the agency in charge of regulation, would be able to regulate borehole drillings. 

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