Water well companies, drillers in Nigeria to be licensed

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The Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC), has reiterated its commitment to ensure the implementation of licensing of all Water Well drilling companies and drillers.

Mr Rufai Aliyu, Acting Executive Director of the commission, said in a statement in Abuja that this would bring sanity to underground water potential in the country.

Aliyu made the remarks when the Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners and the Borehole Drillers Association visited him in his office.

According to him, water is one of the national resources that needed to be properly managed through regulations for economic and sustainable development.

Aliyu urged the associations to register in order to obtain licence for operations, saying they were to act as whistle blowers where illegitimate, quackery and indiscriminate activities were observed.

He also emphasised the need to provide a common platform and synergy in the enforcement of regulations, taking into account the important role the service providers play in the implementation of water use and regulations.

Mr Richard Ajayi, representing Mr Michael Ale, National President, Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners, called on the commission to consider the indigenous drilling companies who are almost out of business, while fixing the license fees.

Ajayi said the Code of Practice for Water Well should be reviewed to bring proper standardisation to the industry, saying all states ought to be included on the issue of permit.

On his part, the President of the Borehole Drillers Association, Mr Francis Uzoma, thanked the commission for the role it was playing in borehole drilling and licensing.

Uzoma also expressed regret about the challenges of quackery which he said was bedeviling the operations of his members.

He said the meeting was an avenue to interface and sensitise professional bodies on the need for collaboration in the enforcement drive and promote uniformity in their undertakings.

NIWRMC is saddled with the responsibility of promoting the coordinated development and Management of Land, and related resources to maximise the effects on socio-economic welfare of the citizenry.