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Scores may loss jobs to imminent water crisis— Olumese



The President of the Nigerian Association of Hydrogeologists (NAH), Ehidiamhen Olumese, has warned of imminent water crisis by 2020 because of poor management of groundwater basins in the country.

He stated this in Ilorin, Kwara state while addressing newsmen after the  National Executive Meeting (NEC) of the association, stressing that, “The Lake Chad is shrinking and this may soon be causing loss of jobs”, ROYAL NEWS has gathered.

Olumese said efforts to ameliorate such crisis may include acquisition of both hydrological and hydrogeological data and systematic study of basin aquifers.

He, however, suggested that updating and full implementation of the national water resources master plan have now become imperative.

He said this development  called for a strong financial commitment and prudent management of available resources such as state ministry of Water Resources and  support to River Basin Development Authority to achieve their mandate based on set targets that can be evaluated periodically.

“The ground water level is going down and we are giving water projects to quacks. Indiscriminate sinking of boreholes are not helping the matter, we must become aware of this and do something. Projects are executed without professional counselling, Hydrogeologists are not consulted.

Olumese lamented that the government was inconsistent with the River Basin and that if it shows commitment, Nigeria can feed the whole of Africa.

The NAH President disclosed that the association’s 29th annual conference, tagged Ilorin 2017 will hold in Ilorin, the Kwara capital from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10.

He said the conference has as its theme, “Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Water Resources”.

Olumese explained that the conference will also focus on climate change and inter-basin water transfer, surface and ground water resources management, environmental monitoring and restoration as sub-theme.

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