World Water Day: Group Says Waste Water Is Vital Ingredient to Ecosystem

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the aegis of Center for Water and Environment Development,(CWED), has said people should not see waste water in their kitchen as no longer useful, saying when such is treated it becomes a vital ingredient to the ecosystem.

The Programme Officer of CWED, Lydia Saleh, stated this at the 2020 World Water Day alongside the World Forestry Day celebrations organized by Teku Int’l Farms and Agro-Allied Service Limited in collaboration with CWED in Kaduna on Friday.

Saleh who represented CWED’s Programme Manager, Doris Zakama, said our society looked at waste water as substance of no practical value, saying research has shown that if treated, waste water is vital to our economy and ecosystems.

“When treated waste water becomes useful substance to plants and to ourselves as well. When you treat your waste water you can be able to use it for other things such as agriculture, washing, among others.”

Speaking on the theme for World Water Day; “Water and Climate Change” Zakama, said though climate change has been in the media for awhile, most Nigerians do not take it as serious as they see it as a media hype. She said the truth is that climate change is real and is here in Nigeria.

According to her, people are already experiencing the effects of climate change – excessive rainfall, heat waves, as well as animals going into extinction and birds migrating in search of water that is not available, all due to irrational human activities.

While she frowned at outright ban on the activities of firewood/charcoal dealers in the country, saying though government has good policies put in place, but the huge challenge has always been it enforcement, Zakama, urged Government to ensure it policies are enforced to serve as a deterrent to defaulters.

She said Government should provide alternative for people in rural communities, and those who could not afford other means of cooking as that will help curtail the effect of climate change and save our ecosystems.

Earlier, General Manager of Teku Int’l Farms, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu, said all hands must be on deck to save wildlife and plants from going into extinction due to climate change.

He said the firewood/charcoal business is affecting the existence of forestry, adding that there is need for environmental NGOs, CSOs, national and international organizations, forest rangers and ministries to sensitize the general public on the importance of forestry.

According to him, forest helps stabilize the climate, sustain a diversity of life, and provide economic opportunity and a source of culture for many indigenous peoples.

“Yet, forests and other critical ecosystems are hanging in the balance, as there is increasing pressure to convert forests to croplands, pasture and plantations.

“We have already lost half of our land globally due to continuous human irrational activities of exploitation of natural resources with devastating effect on humans and living organisms in the forest,” he warned.

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