By Providence Emmanuel
Borehole drillers, speaking on the platform of Association of Water-Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners, AWDROP, have decried the influx of foreign drillers into the country.
President of the group, Engr. Michael Ale, said this has resulted in capital flight, causing untold hardship for indigenous practitioners.
Ale, who also called for speedy passage of the Water Resources Bill, appealed to government ministries and agencies to respect the order of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who, “in his acting capacity on May 18, expressed support for local content in public procurement, where the Federal Government directed its Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to grant preference to manufacturers of locally-made goods and local service providers.”
In his remarks, Major Gen. Abraham, General Officer Commanding 2 Division of Nigerian Army, commended the association and called on the National Assembly to ensure the speedy passage of the Water Resources Bill.
Present at the forum were representative of Oyo State Governor, Isaac Ishola; the state Commi-ssioner for Environment; National Water Resource Institute, NWRI, Kaduna; Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, NIWRMC, Abuja; Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Abuja; Nigeria Army 2nd Mechanised Division, Ibadan; Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Command; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC; India driller Association and AWDROP state chapters’ representatives from the six geo-political zones.