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