Mr Magashi Umar, the Executive Director, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC), has received Groundwater Resources Map of the world and Africa from the Association of Water Well Drilling and Rig Owners Practitioners (AWDROP).
Umar said that the maps would help to produce water resources map of Nigeria, if studied properly.
He said that water resources maps, especially when the water was in the ground, could help to research where the water was located, adding that good maps with geographical water data were particularly important.
He explained that basin-scale water-use maps assist in understanding water balance and availability in river basins and watersheds.
He said that the maps were useful for estimating water use by different sectors within a watershed, evaluating aquifer depletion and quantifying net ground water pumping.
The executive director said that the commission was poised toward efficient and effective management of the water resources across the country.
He said that the commission was collaborating with the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMet) to ensure that it mandates were achieved effectively.
“The commission is mandated by the water resources Act W2 LFN 2004 and water use regulations and licensing 2016 to regulate the abstraction of surface water and ground water.
“The commission also issues licensing after requirement has being met,’’ he said.
Umar, however, urged relevant stakeholders to partner with the commission, adding that water regulations required participation of all the stakeholders.
Ale, while presenting the maps to Umar, said that if properly studied, it would help to produce effective Nigerian map.
He said that the commission should collaborate with the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Geological Survey of Nigeria, AWDROP and other relevant stakeholders to enable them produce the map.
He advised the commission to organise a national stakeholder’s conference on the need to commence adequate water governance through effective utilisation of the regulatory instrument of the commission.
According to him, many jobs will be created and enough revenue will be generated for the commission, if proper action plan is developed and implemented.
He said that groundwater was under threat in Africa, especially regions where the aquifer was not protected.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
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