Engineer blames inconsistent water policies for low water supply

Channels Television  
Updated October 4, 2012

Former president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Kashim Abdul-Ali says the challenge of water supply in Nigeria is a function of weak and inconsistent water policies.

In his lecture at the 2012 October lecture of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, he recommended that local government authorities should be empowered to provide mini-water schemes in their areas or pair up to provide larger water schemes.

He called on the federal government to review and streamline the functions of the Ministry of Water resources in order to reduce its influence on policy institutions like the river basin development authority.

Figures made available at the lecture shows that about N800 billion has been expended in capital expenditure by the federal government on water yet access level remains low.