The Association of Water well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) has called on the Federal Government to regulate drilling companies to check indiscriminate drilling in the country.
The President of the association, Mr Michael Ale, made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ale made the call during a stakeholders’ interactive session on sustainable access to water and sanitation.
Ale attributed the quackery and indiscriminate drilling activities in the country to what he called failure of the government to regulate the drilling sector over the years.
According to him, this has resulted in haphazard drilling, which is inimical to the sustainability of underground water resources as the most vulnerable resources.
He called for licensing of companies and enactment of laws by the the Federal Government to regulate drilling activities in the country.
“Borehole drilling business is getting the required attention and it’s high time government put the right peg in the right hole,” he said.
The AWDROP president said that many operators in the country had not upgraded their skills to fit into the fourth industrial revolution due to non-regulation of the sector by the government.
Ale further said that the sector was not attractive for finance, a situation which, he said, had made it difficult for most operators to move in the direction of financial stability.
He called on government to show commitment towards stopping indiscriminate drilling by making it compulsory for every company engaged in drilling to be licensed.
“With enough sensitisation on the implication of engaging quack or unlicensed drilling companies in borehole drilling job, Nigeria will unlock the potential of the groundwater.
“Since almost 70 percent of Nigerians rely on groundwater, it makes it vulnerable resources highly abused,” he stated.
Mr Magashir Bashir, the Executive Director, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC), also stressed the need for corporate private operators to exhibit high level of responsibility in their operations.
Edited By: Francisca Oluyole and
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