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‘The nexus between ‘water and climate change’

Water is on the core of sustainable growth and is crucial for socio-economic growth, wholesome ecosystems and for human survival itself. It is important for decreasing the worldwide burden of illness and enhancing the well being, welfare and productiveness of populations. It is central to the manufacturing and preservation of a bunch of advantages and providers for individuals.

Water can be on the coronary heart of adaptation to local weather change, serving because the essential hyperlink between the local weather system, human society and the setting.

The yr’s version is tagged: Water and Climate Change which is aimed to focus on how the 2 are inextricably linked and water’s position within the sustainable growth agenda. That is, how adapting to the water results of local weather change will defend well being and save lives, in addition to utilizing water extra effectively will scale back greenhouse gases from remedy techniques.

The UN system is saying “We cannot afford to wait; Everyone has a role to play” and due to this fact working carefully with its Member States and different related stakeholders, collectively bringing its consideration to the water-climate change nexus.

Meanwhile, amidst the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, consultants have suggested the Federal Government to urgently deal with the difficulty of sanitation and provision of hygienic water as they’re important to the wellbeing and survival of Nigeria as a nation.

According to the National President, Association of Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Michael Ale, “Government should re-declare a State of Emergency on Sanitation and release fund for massive water Borehole Projects across the nation to support the masses, since many depend on on-site off-grid water supply for their livelihood. Emergency Water Fund should be released under the State of Emergency declaration to support rural people that may be affected because of the current economic situation.”
In his submission, Praveen Kumar, Marketing Director, CWAY Group, “increased investment in healthcare is linked to economic growth, and consequently to reducing poverty. Nigeria is battling with a number of crushing health indicators including malaria, tuberculosis and infant and maternal mortality, all of which have a sweeping impact on productivity. 

To end poverty, the governments at all levels must harness the demographic dividends through investment in health, education and livelihoods – especially for our young people. When countries’ age structures change favorably, meaning that they have more people of working age than dependents, they can see a boost to development, known as a demographic dividend, provided that they empower, educate and employ their young people.”

Speaking additional on the difficulty, Ale confused that “over the years the emphasis have been on WASH – an acronym for ‘Water Sanitation and Hygiene’: Here, the central role of water is demonstrated. The water and sanitation aspects have been the major campaign all over the world which is coming to play currently.”

He famous that “just lately, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) demonstrated how individuals ought to wash their palms in a video that went viral. It is all about WATER. After utilizing sanitizer or cleaning soap, one nonetheless wants water to finish the method and obtain the aim of cleansing and eradicating germs. Interestingly, there is no such thing as a face sanitizer or antiseptic but, so every thing is determined by water.

We advise the Federal Government to observe what’s being completed in different climes – containment. China was capable of obtain this efficiently as a result of all the inhabitants has water of their properties. But the Nigerian state of affairs is a pathetic one. How many Nigerians have entry to pipe-borne water of their properties? The piping system right here may be very poor, identical to electrical energy. Anyone in isolation wants two staple items to outlive: water and power. 

That is the correlation between water and COVID 19, water is important. The apt theme for this yr ought to have been “Water and Human Health”.

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