- Five hundred skilled jobs and another 2,000 indirect employment were created through water drilling in the country in 2019
- This was disclosed by the national president of the Association of WaterWell Drilling Rig Owner and Practitioners (AWDROP) Michael Ale
- Ale said the jobs were created within the value chains of drilling under this Support to Master Drillers
The Federal Government has been commended for its efforts in creating job opportunities in various states across the country.
The Association of WaterWell Drilling Rig Owner and Practitioners (AWDROP) said 2,500 drilling jobs - 500 skilled and 2,000 indirect jobs - were created through drilling opportunities in Nigeria in 2019.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja, the national president of AWDROP, Michael Ale, said the jobs were created through the support rendered to Master Drillers Government Initiative by the Federal Government.
Ale said the initiative in line with effort of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 which is to address the issue of equitable access to water by 2025 shifted the development plan to the private sector from the conventional national support.
"The case is different here in Nigeria, as the national government instead of looking other ways now support private sectors like AWDROP, RIFAN and other associations within the Agricultural Value chain to thrive," Ale said.
Noting that FG through an approval of a budget line for the Support to Master Drillers in Nigeria embraced the act of generating employment among the youths in the rural area towards agricultural development and livelihood.
He said it is through the yearly budget line that an initiative - Agro-Rural Water Supply Support Initiative (ARUWASSI) - Sprang up and was agreed by the council of Agric in Abia in 2019.
According to Ale, the support which is a Public-Private Partnership arrangement between the FG and AWDROP had helped the indigenous companies stand up to their responsibility through professional confidence built on their jobs.
He said line jobs of over 500 of skilled and another 2,000 indirect jobs were created within the value chains of drilling under this Support to Master Drillers.
Ale also pointed out that the project has instituted and restored professionalism and dignity in Nigeria's drilling sector.
"Case study of this initiative ARUWASSI is being mentioned in several International fora and same is being praised by several International communities that see reasons for the commendation of the drivers of this laudable Initiative (FMARD)," Ale said.
He added: "Under this ARUWASSI Project Implementation, over 1,000 Boreholes had been drilled in which about 80 to 85% of such drilling was done in the Rural setting where water is so scarce at a much reduced and affordable subsidized cost; with no recourse to any exorbitance."
He said the project has reduced economic loss to the Rural dwellers who need water but cannot afford to drill a water borehole and thus resolve to any available sources.
"This intervention had assisted many peasant farmers to increase their production of crops, through unhindered access to water for their farm work especially during this dry season where they only depend on FADAMA," he noted.
Ale further urged the FMARD to employ the expertise of the association in the supervision of the ministry’s water projects such that any borehole to be drilled should be standardized and the line item (Survey and Borehole drilling and Installations) be handled by AWDROP under the ARUWASSI program for sustainability among many others.
In his reaction, the permanent secretary of the FMARD, Muaazu Abdulkadir, commended the leadership of the association for their effort and collaboration to ensure the actualisation of the SDG 6.
Abdulkadir also promised stronger collaboration which would lead to impactful developmental drive with the AWDROP based on the Partnership on the Agro-Rural Water Supply Support Initiative.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the European Union in partnership with UNICEF and the Nigerian government has commissioned water and sanitation projects in six local government areas of two states in the northwestern region of Nigeria.
The projects commissioned in Kano and Jigawa states are expected to provide access to potable water to about one million people in the communities.
Also, facilities will help provide access to affordable WASH facilities to residents of the communities and as well deliver a ripple effect on the plan have an Open Defecation Free (ODF) environment.
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