Nigeria has been listed among 48 countries that would experience water shortage by the year 2025, Country Representative, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dr. Louise Setsltwaelo, has stated.
Also, Water Aid Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ojo, has said the country might not meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on water and sanitation until 2023. The target year for the MDGs is 2015.
Setsltwaelo, at the “World Water Day” celebration held on Thursday in Abuja, said: “As the population increases, demand for food and hence for water is also growing, and will continue to do so as the world struggles to produce more food to feed the seven billion people now and nine billion people by 2050. This is expected to create serious pressure on available water resource”.
She stated that securing sufficient food supplies to feed the populations would demand more efficient management of water, stressing the need for government at all levels to prioritise adequate provision of potable water for the citizenry.
United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon in an address read by Setsltwaelo, said: “Guaranteeing sustainable food and water security for all will require the full engagement of all sectors and actors. It will entail transferring appropriate water technologies, empowering small food producers and conserving essential ecosystem.”
Ojo lamented that Nigeria loses 1.8 per cent of its Gross Domestic Products yearly to lack of potable water, urging the government to take the lead in water provision campaign and sanitation for all by 2015.
In her address, Minister of Water Resource, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, said the role of water in poverty reduction, social infrastructure, health, environment and other aspects of human development and welfare cannot be over-emphasised.
- The Guardian