The Federal Government has been warned to take effect reducing measures as Nigeria may witness earthquake and sea intrusion in different parts of the country.
The Nigerian Association of Water-Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) gave this warning in Oyo State on Monday.
The association warned that there are indications of an impending ‘damaging earthquake’ in the next four years if government does not partner with relevant agencies to curb indiscriminate drilling and drill borehole in line with code of practice.
AWDROP’s National President, Michael Ale, lamented that lack of Underground Water Abstraction Regulation in Nigeria could easily induce earthquake and sea water intrusion, hence the need for government to ensure strict compliance in the implementation of code of practice in borehole drilling in the country.
Ale said his Association had been informed of the salt water intrusion affecting underground water usage and subsidence along the land-ocean boundaries in shoreline areas like Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Warri, Bayelsa and Cross River State.
He advised the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, to create an integrated groundwater management modelling tools to improve sustainable management efforts and optimize resources utilization.
Researchers from the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, led by Dr Adepelumi Adekunle Abraham, had submitted a report titled ‘Preliminary Assessment of Earth Tremor Occurrence in Shaki Area, Shaki West Local Government, Oyo State, indicating an impending ‘damaging earthquake’ in the next four years.
AWDROP observed that the earth tremor which occurred in Saki was as a result of illegal drilling, warning that if the issue is not well managed it may eventually lead to natural disaster such as earthquake.
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AWDROP therefore directed all its state chapters to partner with their respective state government to ensure the implementation of Code of Practice in borehole drilling, using best subjected practice judgement.