Some Abuja residents on Saturday appealed to government at all levels to give priority to water supply both for domestic and other uses.
They made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The residents who spoke at the backdrop of March 22, as World Water Day, said effective management of the nation’s water resources could help to address the country’s water needs.
Mrs Kate Adams, a school administrator, called on governments to pay more attention to the provision of safe and clean water for the homes.
“We need water for virtually everything we do at home; drinking, bathing, washing, cooking, among others.
“We need water to be alive, even to be healthy because a dirty environment breeds diseases that is avoidable if there is clean water.
“Governments should continue in their efforts, especially in providing water for homes so that all homes would have access to safe and clean water,” she said.
Mrs Jumoke Akinyele, a legal practitioner, said more attention should be paid to proper management of water resources.
“Governments should be proactive in handling water issues, because the success of other sectors depends largely on the proper management of water resources.
“At home, when there is water, sanitation is enhanced, many man-hours spent in search of water could be reduced, and the girl-child would be in school instead of searching for water on daily basis.
“Also, agricultural activities would be enhanced; power and energy would receive a boost; the health of the nation would be robust, water is just too essential to be neglected”, she stressed.
Mrs Udauk Udom, a gardener said the usefulness of water could not be over emphasised, as agriculture, for instance cannot thrive without water.
“When water is made available you would see fresh food everywhere, and farm produce will come in abundance all year round, so water is worth celebrating,” Udom said.
In a related development, the Programme Manager, Society for Water and Sanitation, Mr David Akuta, also stressed the need for Nigeria to harness its water resources.
“It is said often that water is life and various predictions indicate that future wars will not be fought over oil but over water.
“We can see that in the amount of security mounted on the Nile River in Egypt.
“Also climate changes are depleting water sources like in the case of Lake Chad which has shrunk from 25,000 square metres to 2,500 square metres and requires transfer of water from the Congo.
“So for Nigeria, it is time for us to put our foot down, especially regarding the provisions of water and sanitation facilities.
“It is also time to trap fresh water sources in dams for the future generations.
Similarly, Mr Ibrahim Jauro, Coordinator, Green Jobs Nigeria Limited, said improved and innovative technologies abound in the water sector.
According to him, these could only be tapped by the country through capacity building and collaborations with developed nations.
“If we can invest in the new technologies churned out by advanced countries to harness our resources, water crisis will be tackled throughout the country.
“Water is a sector that has been grossly neglected, it is often said that in the next 25 to 50 years, countries will be drawn to war because of fresh water sources.
“Fresh water sources are thinning every day, and countries are looking for more sources to trap and preserve fresh water.
“Now the world’s population is seven billion; it is predicted to reach nine billion before 2050, so the need to preserve water which is static becomes more imperative.
“Some are recovering and preserving their groundwater sources from the aquifer, and we need to do same to be able to solve the problem that may be encountered in the next 50 years.
“In future, it will be considered an act of war if anybody tries to tamper with another country’ water sources. This is the crisis we are talking about,” he said.
Jauro also urged federal and states ministry of water resources to deliver on all water-related projections in their 2014 budget and called for improved funding for the sector. (NAN)