States government must take ownership, invest in potable water – Board chairman

Caption for web: Mary draws water from a hole she dug in a riverbank while daughters Faith (9) and Elizabeth (8) look on. Their daily journey for water takes about five hours. ALT: Woman draws water from muddy pit while two girls look on. From Jake: Elizabeth's mother Mary (31) digs a hole in a riverbank from which to draw water in Nzaui District, Kenya with her daughters Faith (9, l) and Elizabeth (8, r). The family lives four kilometers from the nearest water source. Due to the rugged terrain it takes them at least five hours each day to make the journey and collect it Nzaui District - Kenya. ChildFund New Zealand - 2011.Photography by Jake Lyell.
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By Tosin Kolade

Abuja, Aug. 2, 2022 Gov The Chairman, FCT Water Board, Mr Kashim Ali, on Tuesday called on states to invest massively in the provision of potable water for their citizens.

Ali, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said it was worrisome that pipe-borne water was non-existent in many parts of the country.

According to him, states are duty-bound to seek out ways of improving access to potable water for their population.

Ali said that a recent survey about causes of gastroenteritis in some hospitals in Abuja revealed that consumption of polluted water sources was a major factor.

He stated that the problem was addressed through the shutting down of affected boreholes and connecting the households to the public water system.

According to the chairman, the controversies delaying the passage of the National Water Resources bill will not do the country any good, saying it was high time the bill was passed.

Speaking about the proposed Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) fund, Ali said that this would serve as a central pool of resources that would meet the peculiar needs of all states.

He said that the introduction of public – private partnership would go a long way towards repositioning the water resources sector in Nigeria.

Ali stated that efforts must be geared toward prioritising the passage of the National Water Resources bill into law, as it would help in ending water pollution and water-related illnesses.