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Borehole: ‘Quality Control ‘ll Eradicate Quackery’

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tional Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) Dr Ngeri Benebo,  has said that ground water quality control regulations will eradicate quackery in borehold drilling in Nigeria.
Benebo made the statement when officials of Association of Water Well drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) paid her a ciurtesy visit in Abuja.
She said the law was meant to ensure that Nigerians had access to quality water and the process of getting the water without constituting a threat to the environment.
She said collaboration with AWDROP would further strengthen the agency’s capacity to enforce ground water regulations.
“We have the challenge of infrastructure in water and the question that people keep asking about borehole drilling is the quality of water being drilled.
“Another question is that where we are tapping from, the ‘aquifer’; we are not mindful of the land slide disaster that could come out.
“Now that some of you have realised that we are in a global village where sustainable practices are the order of the day, we must put heads together to ensure that our actions and inaction are controlled through regulations.
“The essence of the ground water quality control regulation is to control the menace of water accessibility through unhealthy practices because water is key to our survival.
“Our partnership with you would further expand our enforcement and monitoring in the industry to ensure compliance from the drillers,” Benebo said.
Earlier,  the National President of A WDROP, Mr Michael Ali, said that quacks had infiltrated the sector, which had threatened both the environment and the health of the people.
Ali pledged compliance with NESREA regulations in the drilling of water to ensure that Nigerians had access to quality water.
“We are aware that the impact of over 20,000 boreholes that have been drilled in this country has posed a threat to the environment due to the effect of the drilling machine to the environment.
He said the global acceptable distance between one borehole and another was 20m but that the rules were being undermined by quacks for business purposes.
In his remarks,  the Director of Environmental Quality Control in NESREA, Alhaji Umar Maiwada, said the agency would hold further meetings with the officials to discuss technical issues in the sub-sector.
Maiwada thanked officials of AWDROP for the visit, adding that the visit was at the right time when the agency was out to ensure that all environmental laws were enforced  effectively.
It would be recalled that NESREA had issued 30 environmental regulations, including ground water quality control.

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Table Water Producers Increase Price Of Satchet Water

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The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) has increased the price of sachet water.
The Tide source reports that the increase was contained in a statement signed by the ATWAP President, Clementine Ativie.
The statement said ATWAP
has raised the price of sachet (‘pure’) water to N300 per bag.
Ativie said the  decision was unanimously reached during the ATWAP national convention in Abuja.
He explained that the increment was due to current prices of material and Nigeria’s economic situation.
“The price of sachet water popularly known as pure water is now N300 per bag as the company price.
“There will be no extra bag or extra pieces henceforth for wholesale or retail buyers,” she said.
The President added that the cost of production had gone far beyond what they can bear.
She said the new rate would help them to keep up with bills and remain in business.
The statement appealed to citizens to be understanding and bear with the association.
It would be recalled ATWAP had earlier increased the price of a bag of pure water to N200 on November 11, 2021.

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PANDEF, Others Carpet FG Over Niger Delta Environment

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PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, “We The People (WTP),” have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies…
PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, We The People (WTP), have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies (IOCs), which messed up the region, are leaving the area.
They  vowed to sue the IOCs for the destruction of the environment and livelihood of the people in the course of oil exploration and exploitation.
The Executive Director of WTP, Ken Henshaw, while speaking, y in Port Harcourt, in a one-day multi-stakeholders conference on oil company divestment in the Niger Delta, said the damage done by oil companies was enough to take them to court.
Henshaw said: “I think what the oil companies have done to the Niger Delta, the environmental pollution they have caused, the livelihood lost, the destruction of the environment they engendered are well known and we’ll document health risks the companies have created. They are enough grounds to take them to court.
“We think the oil companies can be found wanting on the basis of the fact that they have, for 64 years of extraction, destroyed the traditional livelihood of the people.”
“The oil that has spilled onto the land, into the creeks and rivers of the Niger Delta region, has reduced the life expectancy in the Niger Delta region. Life expectancy in Nigeria is 54 years but life expectancy in Niger Delta is between 41 and 45 years.”
National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, said: “On the issue of divestment, we, the people of Niger Delta need to ask ourselves the question; what do we do? Niger Delta communities are occupied communities and not host communities as it were.

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NEMA ,UNDP Propose National Disaster Database For Nigeria

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have partnered to establish a national disaster database for Nigeria.
The organisations disclosed this at a two-day workshop on “creation of National Disaster Database and Risk Information Management for Sustainable and Risk-informed Development in Nigeria,”  in Abuja.
The workshop, within the context of the “Sahel Resilience Project” of the UNDP, had in attendance stakeholders from MDAs, States Emergency Management Agencies, FRSC, and the academia, among others.
NEMA Director-General, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said that the project covered seven countries in the Sahel Region of West Africa, namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
He described the project as a multi-partnership scheme implemented by UNDP, in collaboration with African Union Commission, ECOWAS, UN Women, Lake Chad Basin Commission and other regional organisations.
Ahmed said that the project was funded under the sole assistance of the Swedish Government.
According to him, the choice of the region is very germane, considering the worrisome physical and human development indices in the area.
He added that the region, which had continued to suffer drought as a major risk factor, had also been faced with continuous deterioration of livelihoods and food security.
The director-general added that the situation required concerted and collective disaster management efforts to ensure that no one was left behind, and as such, data was important.
“It is necessary to stress that management of disaster risks in the contemporary period are anchored on preparedness, mitigation, risk reduction and adaptation.
“This cannot be realised without the full deployment of both quantitative and qualitative data for disaster risk-informed decision, planning and programme implementation.
“I commend UNDP for this laudable workshop on the creation of disaster database for risk informed sustainable development in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, the Project Manager, Sahel Resilience Project, UNDP, Ms Reshmi Theckthil, added that one of the major aspects to effective disaster management was the availability of data.
She added that investment in good, accurate and accessible data would help various communities to develop resilience to disasters in the country.
The project manager also called on government to develop and implement policies that would make the created data useful in the country.

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