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FG seeks collective responsibility, increased awareness to protect rivers



FG seeks collective responsibility, increased awareness to protect rivers

By Tosin Kolade

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu on Monday called for collective responsibility and heightened awareness to protect the country’s rivers and water sources.

Adamu, who made the appeal during the first commemoration of World Rivers Day 2021, on the theme ‘Waterways in our communities’, said rivers are currently facing threats of pollution, change. climate and urbanization, among others.

According to him, the day is an avenue to seek an effective response to the various threats facing rivers and to seek innovative ways to improve the quality of river water.

“The importance of this event cannot be overstated, given the benefits of rivers for the socio-economic life and well-being of all nations of the world.

“As we know, rivers provide water and nutrients to different parts of the earth for the sustenance of living organisms, while also serving as drainage channels for surface runoff.

“The report says rivers drain about 75 percent of the earth’s land surface, providing transportation routes, a source of energy and fertile soil for agriculture,” the minister said.

According to him, rivers play an important role in the water cycle, especially in the formation of rains.

“Besides providing food in the form of nutrients, rivers also provide habitat for aquatic plants and animals. In view of the above, it is evident that rivers play a very important role in the economic survival of any nation, ”he said.

The minister said that, in recent times, the importance of fresh and clean water in the fight against COVID-19 has been repeatedly emphasized, stressing that this day is a timely occasion for millions of people in the world. world to celebrate its importance.

He said many activities have been set aside to commemorate the day with the symbolic river clean-up of some selected river sites and tree-planting activities.

To ensure the continued success of this campaign, Adamu said the ministry had mandated the 12 river basin development authorities as well as other ministry agencies to embark on regular and increased advocacy programs.

He noted that the program would target the restoration, protection and conservation of rivers within the framework of integrated watershed management, to ensure coordinated development and management of water resources of rivers and streams.

“I invite you to join the ministry and other river advocates in Nigeria in spreading this message to all Nigerians, and especially to the communities living around our rivers and streams,” he said.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the highlights of the event were the visit to the Wupa River, in the Toge community in the CTF, to clean it up of indiscriminate dumped waste.

The Minister also carried out the symbolic exercise of planting trees to mark the celebration of the inauguration.

In response, the district chief of the Toge community, Mr. Samson Biko, appreciated the team for the kind gesture in favor of inclusion and improvement of the living conditions of the population.

He said rivers and streams contribute to the socio-economic development of any society and urged the government to provide drinking water to communities around the rivers.

“We are asking for more, we want to have access to clean drinking water in this place and in all the neighboring communities, in order to end water-borne diseases like schistosomiasis, cholera, etc. “, did he declare.

World Rivers Day, established by the UN in 2005, is a celebration of the world’s waterways on the last Sunday in September each year.

The day highlights the many values ​​of our rivers, raises public awareness and promotes better management of all rivers in the world.

Source: NAN

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