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WATER RESOURCES USE, ABUSE AND REGULATIONS IN NIGERIA

Longe, E. O. and Omole, D. O. and Adewumi, I. K. and Ogbiye, S. A. (2010) WATER RESOURCES USE, ABUSE AND REGULATIONS IN NIGERIA. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 12 (2). pp. 35-44. ISSN 1520-5509

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Abstract

The evolvement processes of water laws in Nigeria, as well as their efficiency in the sustenance of surface water resources, were studied. A cursory look was also taken into the mode of access to water resources by households in Nigeria. This was done vis-à-vis the governmental effort at providing potable water for its teeming population as well as the Land Use Act of 1978, which vests absolute control and ownership of all water resources, ground and surface, in the land owner. About 47 million Nigerians still rely, exclusively, on surface water sources to meet their domestic needs. Yet, pollution discharge into the surface water by individuals and industries go on unmitigated, unregulated, and unpunished due to weaknesses in the existing laws. The involvement of the scientific community in the regular calibration and monitoring of surface water quality as a tool for managing the surface and groundwater resources, among other things, would be an advantageous tool for curbing the pollution menace.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2012 10:08
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2014 16:15
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/956

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