We Must Address Water Supply Scarcity, says Senate President
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that it is alarming that Nigeria’s water supply has reduced to 7% from 32%. Speaking following a Point of Order raised by Senator Dino Melaye, to call the Senate’s attention to the alarming rate of scarcity of water supply in Nigeria, Saraki said:
“This is of great concern to us. As a country, it is very embarrassing if our decline has gone down to 7% from 32%. As we all know, as a country, there must be adequate water supply for all our operations.
“Therefore, the committee should take this work with the importance that it deserves and quickly carry out investigations and try to particularly block the leakages in the area of corruption — where projects funded by donor agencies are diverted.
“We need to get to the bottom of this and find a solution that will improve water supply for our people,” the President of the Senate said.
The Senate then resolved to:
- Direct the Committee on water supply to carry out a holistic investigation into the declining state of water in Nigeria;
- Urge the Federal Government to embark on a long-term commitment to find a pathway for better water delivery in Nigeria; and
- Urge the Federal Government to investigate closely the implementation gaps in water services, delivery capabilities in the water sector and promoting better integration of the private sector in the water sector.