Countdown To world Water DAY : Ministry of Agriculture Rural Development Unit & AWDROP Plans Big
THE World Water Day is an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature
IN Nigeria, the day is expected to be celebrated in a big way WORLD LEADERS ONLINE MAGAZINE recently encountered Micheal Ale The President of AWDROP and National Coordinator A-RUWASSI, who is also of the Federal ministry of agriculture, rural development unit and he spoke of plans the rural development is lining up, excerpt
Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. What are your views on world water day?
The concept of World Water Day celebration and commemoration is being misconstrued by many in Nigeria. The United Nation set it up a day for advocacy and for sensitization on the importance of these precious resources to livelihood and humanity. People from all folks of life that are strategic partnership in the management and provision of these resources must live up to their responsibility. On this year theme which is Leaving No one behind, it is pertinent that note that no one is expected to be denied the benefit of this Resources in terms of its provision by the government. There are certain targets and goals to me with benchmark to meeting the set goals, every stakeholder must be alive to their responsibility in making sure no one is maligned when it comes to these precious Resources. We may be doubtful on whose responsibilities the provision of this resources but we leave for the conscience and the defense of our right.
How does your organization hope to impact life?
Our Organization AWDROP is the only body coordinating borehole drilling activities in Nigeria. We have several strategic partnerships with foreign organizations that are mentoring our activities and the aspect of drilling projects in Nigeria. We have donated several borehole projects to the underserved in Rural setting, which has allowed us partner with government in sustainable provision of safe drinking water through our program A-RUWASSI.
What can you tell us about your set up?
A-RUWASSI is the acronyms of Agro- Rural Water Supply Support Initiative and this is borne out of the need to solve petty problems of underserved communities, especially where women and girl child are mostly affected especially in the rural area. We have operation of newly acquired borehole drilling machines in 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria on the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Why are Nigerians suffering from good water supply?
The political will is very low and the understanding of the need for these critical Resources is untold. Most Nigerians also do not know their right to water, but Government is helping them find their right.
& what is solution?
Solution is to create alternative means of making everybody have access to water using innovative and motivated means. Assistance to local Drillers to empower youth to be entrepreneurially focused is important for sustainable access and inclusive growth.
On issue of inclusiveness, it is important to help the world achieve access to clean water through coherent effort of all stakeholders. Together we can achieve more.