Why supply of potable water is poor, by COREN
The Registrar, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Kamila Maliki, has attributed the inadequate supply and distribution of potable water in Nigeria to epileptic power supply.
Kamila, who stated this yesterday at the 2018 West Africa water expo organized by a Turkey-based firm, Elan expo, said “adequate supply of potable water has to do a lot with energy transfer. Because we don’t have enough supply of power, it is still a problem.”
The exhibition attracted stakeholders in the water and waste management sector.
Representative of the president of COREN, Aliu Rabiu who commended the show, said it was a way of promoting local content, whereby foreigners see the potential of doing business in Nigeria and, therefore, grab the opportunity to make profit and generate employment in the country.
“Today, as a good avenue to showcase whatever we can do as a country, the government has been talking about local content. It is a way to show that Nigeria can also do it here,” he said.
Affirming the issue of clean water and waste water technology as a very serious one, especially in the northeast, the Deputy Director, Works, Ministry of Works and Transport, Maiduguri, Bornu State, Kori Shettima, told The Guardian that following the insurgency in Maiduguri, most of the sources of water supply had been contaminated.
She described the expo as an opportunity to create synergy among experts on how she can advise the Bornu State government to help the citizens generate potable water to help reduce various health challenges.
For adequate supply of potable water, Shettima said: “Government has to take it as a priority, diseases spread faster through water. More dams are needed to be constructed; the existing ones and water treatment plants must be properly maintained to avert problems. Everybody has right to potable water.”
The International Sales Coordinator, Elan Expo, Elif Akkoc, said the firm chose Nigeria for the exhibition because of its rich potential in the African region, with great business opportunities.
He said the company was ready to showcase Nigeria to the world to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.
“We offer unique value to companies, associations and other industry players connected to the water expo to serve them through huge national and international network and resources, which offer access to foreign embassies, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders.”
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