Education Paramount to Facilitate Water for All, Says Expert
People at the different levels of the social strata should be exposed to the dos and don’ts of water conservation so as to ensure easy access to clean water for the generality, an emeritus Professor of Geoscience at Burdue University, USA, Professor King S. Isiorho, has declared.
Professor Isiorho, who was Guest Speaker at the Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant, held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, said that water was a gift for all and not a commodity to be sold, hence there was the need to involve stakeholders in addressing issues around its accessibility.
The Guest Speaker, while making a presentation with the topic, ‘Hydrogeology, Social-Economic Class Standing and Availability of Potable Water: The Lake Chad Case Study’, asserted that status affected access to water.
He said that the Lake Chad, which is in Borno State, Northern Nigeria, and shared by Nigeria, Chad, Cameroun and the Niger Republic, was very important in that it was a source of protein (fish), a means of transportation, a source of water for about 30 million people, and a habitat for people to live because of the land that surrounded it.
While speaking on the procurement of water, gender and the labour involved, Professor Isiorho said that water could be good just from the well, and women went long distances to get water in the northern part of Lake Chad. Pertaining to the socio-economic class standing in the procurement of water, he explained that the poorer a people, the poorer the quality of water they got. “Moving up the social ladder, we have bore holes. When you are up there, you buy bottled water,” he stated.
The challenges of access to water, he said, were attitude, fund, population, wastes and education/awareness. According to him, so many people wanted to trade places with those who had access to water, lack of funds may deny people access to equipment to get water, the more the population of a people the more the demand for water, waste was a major issue in access to water as indiscriminate dumping of wastes denied people access to water, and people often wasted water by leaving the taps open when they didn’t need it.
Professor Isiorho, however, proffered solutions to the challenges. These included a management strategy employing the use of science and engineering, interpretation and dissemination of information, elimination of water wasting projects, and the involvement of stakeholders.
Earlier at the seminar, the Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Anthony Ede, said that it was gratifying that the Department was having a vastly experienced scholar as the Guest Speaker at its first Town and Gown Seminar in the Omega Semester of the 2018/2019 Academic Session. He urged the students to pay rapt attention so they could learn invaluable lessons from the lecture.
Professor Isiorho had after the delivery of his lecture presented some equipment and materials to the Civil Engineering Department. The donated items, which were received by the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor David Omole, included a Digital Microscope for measurement and calibration, Phosphate low range measurement kit, Portable Ph, EC, TDS/C Meters (measurement kits), and Printed materials (27 editions of Ground water monitoring and remediation journal, and 4 issues of Ground water journal).
Also at the seminar were Professor David Olukanni, Professor Joseph Akinmuru, other faculty in the Department and members of staff.