FG, UNIDO commits to improve sewage discharge standards

Folalumi Alaran

The Federal Government, in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), under the Niger Basin-Iullemeden Taoudeni/Tanezrouft (NB-ITTAS) Aquifer System Project (NB-ITTAS), is committed to refining and to improve the standard of wastewater discharge in the Niger basin. Region.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Ms. Didi Walson-Jack, who stood in for the Minister, made a commitment at the opening to declare a five-day regional NB-ITTAS/TEST workshop, which was led by the ministry, and the Niger basin. Authority (NBA).

The workshop, she explained, was organized basically to bring together the nine member countries of the Niger Basin Authority to come together to share their experience on the issue of waste management.

She said, “Nigeria as a country attaches paramount importance to integrated water resources management of shared water. Hence our strong commitments to Transboundary Water Organizations such as the Niger Basin Authority. Indeed, the effective and integrated management of the water resources available to meet the needs of the various users of the basin requires that our Countries and our Joint Institution, the NBA, have a better knowledge of this resource”

“It is important to specify that the evolution of the quality of the water resources of the basin and the wastewater discharges must be monitored, given the continuous increase in industrial, mining and agricultural activities. Indeed, wastewater management poses many legal, institutional, financial, economic and cultural challenges. It therefore follows that individuals and organizations must comply and act in the collective interest to improve water quality and protect water resources. To this end, it is crucial during this Workshop to propose concrete and standardized measures to mitigate the discharge of pollutants, in particular those of anthropogenic origin. She says.

The Regional Director and Country Representative for Nigeria and ECOWAS, UNIDO Regional Center in Nigeria, Jean Bankole, on his part said that Nigeria is playing a key role in leading the integration of all regions within of ECOWAS, and that the workshop marked another step taken together by the federal government. Nigerian Government and UNIDO.

He said the move would advance industrial development, economic competitiveness, protect the environment and address the many challenges facing the water sector.

He said, “Nigeria has a crucial role to play in the region, we can try to address the challenges of climate change and solve the problem of water pollution, because the best strategies allow us to achieve a very good quality water which can help the people living in this basin not only to get very good water but also to ensure that the water is also well managed in the area and used to power all the social activities and economy of the region »

“It is important to have a common understanding on the best strategies for good water management for this basin, because it is not only important for domestic use or climate change only, water is important also for productive activities like industry and that is why UNIDO is here to conduct this workshop to get the best practices and experiences from each country of the nine Niger Basin countries.

Ms. Alice Ojowu, National Coordinator, National Focal Point (NFS), on her part, said that Nigeria is located in the downstream area of ​​the Niger River, which is another reason why water quality monitoring is therefore very important for general well-being. to be of the people.

She added that the validation of the UN-backed document is a very good way to help the country see how polluted water can be maximized to ensure access to good water by 2030.

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