Members of Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria, BODAN, have solicited the federal government’s support to effectively manage underground water in the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking during a media chat in Abuja, recently, the Chairman, BODAN, Mr. Francis Uzoma, said there is need for comprehensive water resource management that regulates both the quality and quantity of groundwater, treats all users equitably, provides for the sustainability of the resource and balances the interest and rights of those using this natural resource.
“As our nation is redirecting its revenue source back to agriculture, the role of our industry in providing water to farms for irrigation and animal consumption can never be over emphasized.”
He stated that there is need for the public to be sensitised on issues concerning groundwater management as it is a resource with no alternative.
“Members of the public are also enjoined to engage only certified members of the association for borehole drilling projects. This will help both parties in ensuring standard and well completed projects, as well as provide a platform to resolve all issues emanating from borehole contracts.”
Uzoma revealed that in order to make the water industry secured for investment and for efficient service delivery, the group has entered into partnership with some international groundwater management organisations.
He appealed to the federal government through its economic and financial institutions to consider the sector in its economic intervention programmes which would reduce the influx of foreign companies into the country.
“Credit facilities should be made available to members of the association, so as to enable young and experienced groundwater professionals purchase and operate their own drilling machines.”

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