The Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN), has commenced the construction of water facilities in schools and hospitals in the six-geo-political zones and the FCT.
Its National President, Mr Francis Uzoma, said this on sidelines of the courtesy visit on the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, this became necessary, following reports of huge gap in access to potable water in many parts of the country.
He said the intervention was part of the association’s Corporate Social Responsibility towards ending the practice of Open Defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
He noted that lack of potable water fueled continued practice of open defecation, saying the partnership was in line with federal government’s roadmap.
Uzoma stated that the essence of the visit was to seek for ways to support the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign and to also strengthen partnership for better engagements.
He noted that as part of their collaborative effort, BODAN could help in the collection of borehole data which can be used in National Development and planning.
“Part of our resolutions from the just concluded National Executive Council meeting was that our Vice Chairmen have been mandated to commence construction of water facilities in their geo-political zones.
“It is part of our CSR to increase the population of people with access to potable water supply in communities.
“The minister had told us to ensure that we focus our interventions around hospitals and schools, the pilot phase is being done to be in line with the upcoming world water day celebration, slated for March 22’’.
Responding, Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, urged the association to always insist on carrying out Water Quality Tests after drilling boreholes.
He noted that the ministry had a world-class water testing laboratories in all the geopolitical zones of the country in order to protect their company names and integrity.
He said water quality had been threatened, saying that the universal standard for water quality remained very important to the ministry.
“ The Ministry has invested heavily in providing world class water testing laboratories across the country, we want members of the association to comply with the laid down rules.
“We also want to ensure that they carry out adequate water quality tests and also report Contractors and Drillers who are not complying with appropriate regulatory bodies.
“The population is growing rapidly across the nation and the Federal Government is not leaving any stone unturned in addressing the deficit in Water Supply’’.
He urged BODAN members to come up with innovations that will use local products to support their businesses and deliver more potable water to all Nigerians.
The minister of water resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has urged The President and members of Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN) to always insist on carrying out water quality tests after drilling boreholes by taking advantage of the ministry’s world class water testing laboratories in all the geopolitical zones of the country in order to protect public health, as well as their company names and integrity.
Engr. Adamu gave the directive on Tuesday in Abuja when the president and members of BODAN paid him a courtesy visit.
In his remarks, the minister noted that water quality has been threatened, explaining further that the universal standard for water quality remains very important to the ministry of water resources.
He noted that the ministry has invested heavily in providing world class water testing laboratories across the country and therefore charged members of BODAN to comply with the laid down rules to ensure that they carry out adequate water quality tests and also report contractors and drillers who are not complying with appropriate regulatory measures.
Speaking further, Engr Adamu noted that population is growing rapidly across the nation and stressed that the Federal Government is not leaving any stone unturned in addressing the deficit in water supply.
He further pointed out that efforts are in top gear to ensure that the concerns raised by state governments on the current reality of water supply are addressed.
The minister urged BODAN members to come up with innovations that will use local products to support their businesses and deliver more potable water to all Nigerians.
Earlier in his address, the president of BODAN Francis Uzoma, said that the essence of the visit was to seek for ways to support the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign” as part of their corporate social responsibility towards ending the practice of open defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
Uzoma also said that as part of their collaborative effort, BODAN can help in the collection of borehole data that could be used in national development planning, especially with respect to water resources.
ABUJA — AS part of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG, 6, the Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria, BODAN, is to collaborate with United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF, to ensure that Nigerians at all level have access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH.
Speaking after an interactive session with the UNICEF Chief WASH Coordinator, Kanann Nadar, and President, BODAN, Francis Uzoma, explained that the essence of the interaction was to establish relationship with UNICEF concerning effective collaboration in terms of service delivery by constructing quality boreholes.
Uzoma said: “The whole essence of this interaction is to see how we can broaden areas of collaboration so that borehole drilling services that we offer to UNICEF and other organisations can effectively done, even in the aspect of capacity building.”
Earlier, Nadar said UNICEF-WASH had been into water provision for Nigerians and most of its borehole projects were exe-cuted by BODAN members.
A geologist and president of the Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN), Francis Uzoma, has said drilling activities do not in any way cause harm to the environment nor will it trigger an earthquake.
He was reacting to the fear raised in some quarters that there was an impending earthquake due to borehole drilling activities.
Speaking in Abuja, the BODAN boss said the assertion was based on false alarm which he described as baseless. “Whoever have made that statement has no knowledge of the geology of Nigeria,” he added.
“I have never heard anywhere in the world where borehole drilling caused an earthquake. So considering what causes an earthquake, earthquake emanates from a very deeper part of the earth. The drilling we are doing does not even cut across such strata so that information is baseless and should be discarded,” he said.
He said the distance between the crusts and the mantle was about 50,000 kilometres, and most of the drilling they did was on the crusts.
Earthquake, according to him, emanated usually on the boundary between the mantle and the crusts, saying, “the drilling we do has not gotten that deep, usually we do a very shallow drilling of 30 to 40 meters and in sedimentary areas we go as much as 100 to 200 meters. I want to say that information is not something anybody should worry about.”
However, he said BODAN is venturing into Public Private Partnership (PPP) to ensure that drilling process is standardized.
The association, he said, was collaborating with UNICEF to see how contents would be developed for the training curriculum to improve the capacity of the drillers.
He also maintained that BODAN would continue to collaborate with the government and other relevant stakeholders in project execution, monitoring and training as well as quality assurance to reduce borehole breakdown and have sustainable boreholes.