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The Association of Water Drillers and Rig Owners Practitioners (AWDROP) has warned that costs of drilling borehole will go up due to high exchange rate used for  procuring drilling equipment and other materials.

It has therefore strengthened its task force to monitor and supervise drilling activities in the country which will in turn reduce haphazard drilling of boreholes.

Its National President, Mr. Michael Ale, in a statement explained that regulation of borehole practice which involve standardisation, licensing, accreditation, training and enforcements of code of practice on anyone interested in drilling borehole in Nigeria are all within the ambit of the group.

Ale said: ”What is the justification in increasing  borehole materials but decrease in the cost of borehole by respective clients? For financial sustainability and efficient borehole usage, it is important that Nigerians become price wise and not be deceived with low pricing of borehole project. Many boreholes drilled in Nigeria by non-professionals have contaminated our precious underground resources, thus resulting in illness for many innocent Nigerians.”

Ale urged the Federal Government to immediately invest in water quality survey involving testing of wells and boreholes.

Ale commended the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu for the launch of the PEWASH an instrument that will give all Nigerians access to safe drinking water.

He said: “Failure to coordinate activities of borehole drilling in Nigeria through non-implementation of regulatory instrument, encouraged uncoordinated pricing and use of substandard materials to the disadvantage of the unsuspecting customers. The Federal Ministry of Water Resources, with the assistance of many stakeholders, including the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has put up code of practice for borehole drilling in Nigeria and the document remains the valid guiding code for drilling companies in the country.

“AWDROP accepted the adoption of the implementation of the code for drilling companies, thus setting standard for their operation.

“The implementation of code of practice for all borehole operators was important for sustainable quality water provision in Nigeria. There is the need to partner with all stakeholders involved in drilling practices to imbibe the culture and practice of good design and safety during operation.”

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