As part of the programmes lined for the 24th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Water Resources, the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, has paid a courtesy visit to the Ondo State Governor in Akure.
Welcoming the Minister and his entourage to the Sunshine State, the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said the state of accessibility of potable water to the vast majority of people of Ondo State was embarrassing as a result of the poor condition of pipe borne water in the state.
“We have all turned to mini governments in Nigeria, we provide our light, water, sink boreholes.Every home has all these things. All of us in the country have come to accept everything. It won’t happen in other places except Nigeria.
“But if our people have come to accept all these things, we leaders should be concerned and strive to provide them,” he said
The governor also lamented the dilapidating condition of the Owena Dam with all its facilities.
Earlier, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, had said the regular meeting on water resources was borne out of the desire to find ways out of the serious challenges of inadequate pipe borne water supply in Nigeria.
He said there were disturbing statistics which indicated that, in 1990, 30 percent of urban population was being serviced through pipe borne water but had dropped to 7 percent today.
Consequent upon this, the Minister said the 24th Regular Meeting in Ondo State has as its theme : Revitalizing Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Nigeria.
“It is a very serious issue and we feel that this ongoing National Council on Water Resources ,NCWR, meeting must tackle it. It is a serious challenge for our country.
“It is disheartening that not a single urban center in this country can boast of a 100 percent pipe borne water supply coverage to its people and this is the 21st century. We have to find a way out,” he said.
The formal opening of the meeting will be performed by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.