By Mercy Hill
The Anambra State Chapter of Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria, BODAN, commemorated her official inauguration, swearing in of newly elected state executive, as well as the rededication of patrons and patronesses, June 29, in Awka.
The event had in attendance government officials, traditional rulers, the clergy and other representatives from various agencies.
Speaking during his address of welcome, the national president of BODAN, Mr. Matthew Uzoma, who was represented by the national vice president, Mr. Uche Alokwu, urged all borehole drillers in the state to quit the use of sub standard materials in water drilling as it was a disservice to the state and society at large.
He said this while addressing the newly elected officials of the association, pointing out the need for professionalism so as to ensure better results than their predecessors.
Mr. Uzoma who also stated that the World Health Organization’s reports had revealed that seventy percent of health challenges came from water, which use cuts across all human activities, charged them to adopt global best practices in order to provide quality water to the people.
Delivering a keynote speech, the chairman on the occasion, Dr. Dan Ezeawor, enjoined borehole drillers to eschew rancour and acrimony, thereby toeing the path of peace and unity to pave way for professional growth and development.
He also stressed the need for unity of purpose as the key to accessing government empowerment programmes.
Talking on the activities of BODAN, the out gone chairman of the association, sir Chindo Umejiaku, said the organization believed in corporate social responsibility which had encouraged members nationwide to donate free boreholes to communities that lacked access to portable water supply and ensured that all borehole drillers and water contractors in Anambra State were duly identified, registered and unified under BODAN.
For his part, the newly elected state chairman of BODAN, Engineer Wilfred Akpu, promised to continue the periodic training and retraining of borehole drillers in the state for technical and capacity building to ensure that borehole drilling activities in the state were carried out according to international standards.
Emphasizing government’s involvement in procuring safety water provision, the deputy chairman, committee on water, State House of Assembly, Hon. Sir, Pete Ibida, commended the government for the proposed bill to map out sites for graves, aimed at reducing indiscriminate burials that could affect the soil and contaminate the water table.