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Dialogue encouraged in resolving water disputes

20 February 2015, 19:41

Lagos - Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe, has reiterated her administration’s commitment to resolve communities’ conflicts over water.

Speaking in Abuja at the sidelines of an event aimed at discouraging violence among local communities, Ochekpe said her ministry had put forward strategies to enhance dialogue in the resolution of conflicts where water, a basic resource, was involved.

“In the water sector we are very conscious of that (importance) because water is one resource that is important for human survival,” she said.

Also read: Borno refugee centre receives funds to access clean water 

Ochekpe added, “However, it is also a resource that can cause conflict.

That is why in our own system we have Water Users Association in different communities to ensure that people are able to come together to dialogue on how to manage this very important resource.”

Water is a scarce resource in some communities in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation with more than 173 million.

According to Water-Aid, a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization, the lack of running water killed more people than the Boko Haram did in the country last year.

While the terror campaign claimed more than 4 000 lives during the period, the shortage of potable water and poor sanitation is said to have led to about 73 000 deaths. 


- CAJ News

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