By Remi Adebayo
FG will embrace tunneling to address water needs, says MinisterNigeria’s quest to utilise its underground space and open up the tunnelling industry on Tuesday received a major boost as the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu expressed readiness of government for its inclusion into national development needs.
The Minister stated this while responding to questions from journalists at the press conference organised to commence this year’s World Water Day at NTA headquarters, Abuja.
Adamu said, although the concept of tunnelling was not new in Nigeria since it had been adapted in some water and other projects, government would embrace it as integral part of its national development plans when the needs arise.
The Minister noted that government is incapable of immediately deploying the technology at the moment due to scarcity of resources but overtime, it would become imperative because of its effectiveness.
Engr. Adamu cited that the technology could be deployed to implement the 2,400km water transfer project from River Congo to the receding Lake Chad by PowerChina International Group Limited; a project aimed at halting the drying of the lake from the north basin due to climate change.
“We welcome tunnelling and I can assure you, if there is the need with or without that conference, we will take it up. As far as efficiency is concerned it is better but concern there is the cost; it’s a very expensive business.”
Earlier, the Minister paid courtesy courtesy call on the Director General of Nigeria Television Authority, Yakubu Ibn Mohammed as part of the sensitisation programme for the celebration of the World Water Day.
The United Nations General Assembly in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development has declared March 22 of every year as World Water Day, beginning from 1993.
With the theme, “Wastewater,” Adamu said the 2017 Water Day celebration was targeted at highlighting the symbiosis between water and wastewater in the quest for sustainable development and also create opportunity to consolidate and build upon the previous World Water Days.
In line with the theme, the Minister hinted that the Federal Government was considering adoption of water recycling technology to utilise every waste water in the country as part of government’s sustainable development goal in the water sector.
Adamu, an engineer, stated that although a free gift from God, yet for water to become useful and impact positively to the needs of the people, it must be first made available from reliable sources, be treated before distribution to various homes.