The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, on Tuesday decried the multinational companies’ usage of the nation’s underground water resources for commercial purposes without obtaining license from the Federal Government.
Adamu stated this at a joint press conference with the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to address the controversies surrounding the National Water Resources Bill.
He lamented that without a law to protect the nation’s water resources, indiscriminate usage would not be addressed, hence the need for the passage of the National Water Resources Bill into law.
The minister stressed that the federal government was not interested in taking over the control of water resources in states, but to create an enabling environment for effective water resources management in line with global best practices.
Adamu said the bill would empower irrigation farmers to form Water Users Association for effective operation and maintenance of irrigation infrastructure and sustainable development.
On borehole, the minister said with the new bill in place, commercial borehole drillers would be mandated to obtain licenses, adding that no license was needed for domestic extraction of water.