Nigeria

Minister reacts to water scarcity in Benue community

Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu expressed the ministry's commitment to give technical competence to the community in Ohimini Local Council.

In Benue State, people in the Atilo-Oglewu community have been suffering from a severe lack of water for years. Still, yesterday, Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu expressed the ministry’s commitment to give technical competence to the community in Ohimini Local Council.

Adamu pledged during a ceremony honouring Madam Alice Igbe Oklobia, a legendary figure in the Idoma musical tradition, and the N1 billion water project.

Mohammad Adra, the managing director of the Lower Benue River Development Authority, spoke on behalf of the ministry and promised that “adequate water supply is supplied to the residents of the Atilo-Oglewu community in the state of Benue.”

He also said that the ministry developed a policy paper to address water shortage across Nigeria as part of the federal government’s effort to make water accessible to Nigerians. In a report titled “The Nigeria Water Resources Roadmap,” he elaborated.

Through increased collaboration with development partners, states, local council authorities, and communities, the government has discovered alternate sources for funding and delivery of water supply and sanitation, as stated by the minister in charge of these initiatives.

He said: “I want to state here that the ministry and the authority are willing to assist Atilo-ijaha.”

“Open defecation pollutes the environment, contaminates water, thereby resulting in water-borne disease, in addition to loss of dignity by the individuals involved,” Adamu said as he issued the charge to eliminate open defecation from the town.

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