Association raises alarm over looming earth tremor

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan 

A group, Association of Water-well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) has stated that Nigeria may witness earthquake and sea intrusion in different part of the country. 

To ward off the impending danger, the association urged the government to partner with relevant agencies to curb indiscriminate drilling of borehole in line with code of practice. 

National President of the association, Michael Ale gave the warning in a communique issued in Ibadan on Monday. 

He noted 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. 

Ale said, “AWDROP has observed indiscriminate drilling practice persistence in all nooks and crannies of the country and the industry is being turned into an all comers affairs. 

“AWDROP is set to enforce the power vested on it by the National Council of Water Resources to partner with state governments on the rejuvenation and revitalisation of abandoned borehole and the application and enforcement of code of practice on borehole drilling among drilling practitioners. 

“AWDROP hereby direct 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 judgment. 

“Indication is that all Borehole Drilling Contractors must be registered by States Agencies in their respective state, pay their registration fees and obtain a drilling permit before any drilling operation. Borehole projects are to be strictly supervised by a Comeg registered Geologist or Hydro geologist.”

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