Suleiman Adamu, the minister of water resources, expressed yesterday that the ministry is willing to offer technical expertise to the community in Ohimini Local Council in order to ease their years-long suffering from acute water scarcity. This gave the residents of Atilo-Oglewu community in Benue State reason for hope.
At the official opening of the N1b water project and the tribute to Madam Alice Igbe Oklobia, a legendary Idoma musician, Adamu made the pledge.
Speaking on behalf of the ministry, Lower Benue River Development Authority Managing Director Mohammad Adra said that the ministry will use all reasonable efforts within the scope of its technical expertise to guarantee “sufficient water supply in Atilo-Oglewu community in Benue State.”
He continued by saying that the ministry has developed a strategy paper to adequately address the country’s water shortage as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to provide water to Nigerians. In a paper titled “The Nigeria Water Resources Roadmap,” he provided clarification.
The minister said that via improved cooperation with development partners, states, local council authorities, and communities, the government has established alternate means for financing and delivering water supply and sanitation.
“I want to announce right now that the ministry and the authorities are ready to help Atilo-ijaha,” he stated.
“Open defecation pollutes the environment, contaminates water, resulting in water-borne sickness, as well as a loss of dignity for the persons involved,” added Adamu, who tasked the community with becoming a community free of open defecation.