FAPS Seminar

FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCES HOLDS SEMINAR

“Water is life” – Most indispensable of all natural resources, neither social, economic development nor environmental diversity can be sustained without water”.

The Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAPS) of the KolaDaisi University, Ibadan held its seminar series titled “Water Issues in Africa: Need for New African Perspectives for Sustainability” on Monday, 24th of February, 2020 at the Sherifat Agbeke KolaDaisi Auditorium.

The seminar was presented by a distinguished Professor and erudite scholar Prof S. O. Fatoki who also is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Upon laying a studious background of his paper, worthy of note at the seminar are:

Three major problems face water services in Africa:

  • Water scarcity due to uneven distribution of freshwater resources
  • Quality problem due to uncontrolled domestic and industrial pollution
  • Lack of adequate and efficient water resources management system.

The conclusions and recommendations are as follows:

  • The problem of water scarcity in Africa, in most instances are not due to lack of adequate water resources but mainly due to problem of management
  • The Integrated Water Resources Management Policy in South Africa seems to be working
  • Cape Town recently launched its New Water Strategy to address drought and avert ‘Day Zero” including limiting water wastage, desalination, ground-water extraction and wastewater reuse
  • Perhaps many countries in Africa including Nigeria can learn from the South African approach
  • The question can again be asked “Do we treat the water or treat the people?” Evidences has shown that there is immense benefit if we treat the water first and then treat the people. That is the way to go for Africa
  • For Africa further advocacy is needed at regional and national level to increase resource allocation to this process as cost-effectiveness analysis is increasingly important tool in the allocation of fund to government financed activities.

At the seminar were the academic staff, students, and Principal Officers of the Institution including the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Luke Kolade Ayorinde, the Bursar, Mr Oluyinka Babatunde among others.

The full paper is available upon contact of the author Prof S. O. Fatoki or at the school registry: registrar@koladaisiuniversity.edu.ng