NEWSDAILYNIGERIA -Experts and Stakeholders on water resources and the environment have decried the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, garbages and dead animals into drainages and water-ways, while appealing to Kaduna residents to do the needful to protect our rivers and its inherent benefits.
The call they said became necessary towards sustaining our rivers and making it a source of revenue generation through tourism and water transportation.
This was made known at the maiden celebration of ‘World Rivers Day, 2021’ with the theme: Waterways in our community” which held at the river bank, by Kaduna Bridge on Monday.
Speaking the Director General National Water Resources Institute. Prof. Adamu, said it has become a collaborative agenda for all agencies and stakeholders in the water and agricultural sectors to take proactive measures in order to protect our waterways and rivers, adding that the
“Importance of rivers can’t be over-emphasised, because as it is in other climes, any city or town that has a river flowing through automatically becomes a tourist centre or encourages water transportation”
According to him, the event which is in collaboration with the state government became imperative as most residents have turned rivers, drainages and waterways to refuse dumps for both hard and soft garbage and burial sites for dead animals.
Similarly, the Managing Director of Kaduna State Water Corporation (KADSWAC), Comrade Salisu Maikudi begged Kaduna residents to stop destroying rivers by putting refuse into them.
“Insanity of man is destroying our rivers. We have turned them into mortuaries and we have a big prize to pay if we don’t protect and preserve rivers in our communities.”
Representative of the state Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Bashir Umar Lere explained the benefits of river and water to human activities on earth.
He stressed that from rivers, irrigation, hydro-power generation, transportation and tourism can raise the revenue generation of the state if properly harnessed.
“The state stands to increase revenue generation if the rivers and waterways in our communities are properly tapped.” he stated