This was the submission of various speakers at an event organised by Osun State government in partnership with Association of Water Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) to commemorate this year’s World Water Day in Osogbo, on Friday.
The United Nations general assembly has declared March 22 of every year as World Water Day which was set aside for the implementation of United Nation’s recommendation and promotion of concrete activities within members of the states as regard water resources.
Speaking on the theme of this year celebration, ‘Water and energy’, the President, AWDROP, Mr Micheal Ale, said energy generation and transmission required optimal utilisation of water resources.
Ale, who called on the government to give necessary priority to provision of water, noted that water was key to life, energy service as well as economic survival of the nation.
He urged government to focus on rural communities to give them access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, noting that the gesture would go a long way in improving standard of living of rural dwellers.
Another speaker on the occasion, Bola Ogunjinmi, who maintained that water was crucial to all sources of energy, advocated effective management of water resources.
Ogunjimi emphasised the need for government to make water resources available for human consumption and domestic purposes,submitting that water was germane to agricultural production.
Ogunjimi further used the medium to commend the Osun State government for providing drinkable water for the people of the state.
In his remarks, the state Special Adviser to the state governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, who represented the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Kunle Ige said the government had provided over 2000 motorised boreholes for rural communities as part of efforts to enhance their living standard.
He hinted that the present administration in the state was committed to rural development through provision of basic amenities like water, electricity and health facilities among others.