His Excellency, Deputy Governor Silas Ali Agara, has assured Resilience In Ground Water Supply System (RIGSS) a team of experts from the University of Cardiff, UK visiting Nigeria on a pilot study in three States i.e. Lagos, Nasarawa & Maiduguri of the of full support of the Nasarawa State Government as they embark on this study tour and the government is ready to partner with the team so as to improve the quality of water supply in the State.
The team leader Prof. Andre a renowned researcher from University of Cardiff, UK, stated their mission to Nasarawa State as the pilot study is to identify the quality and quantity of water available underground and its importance to the people of the State. Three Local Governments Areas that will be sampled in the State are Keana, Lafia and Nassarawa Eggon.
Access to safe and reliable water supplies is a key goal for households and governments across most of Africa. Groundwater reserves can play a critical role in achieving this, yet risks of contamination and over-abstraction threaten to undermine the resilience of this supply. A rapidly rising trend for privately-developed wells and boreholes raises additional concerns about the vulnerability of water supplies to natural or man-made environmental shocks. The potential scale of the situation is particularly marked in Nigeria where the use of boreholes has increased exponentially since 1999 (from 10% of the population to 38% in 2015), with most other forms of water supply, notably piped tap water, falling.
The courtesy visit had in attendance the Head of Civil Service, Honourable Commissioners of Information, Water Resources, Local Government, Environment, Sports and as well as Special Adviser on Youths and S.A Rural Roads.