OMEG conducts survey on well drilling in Ibadan
The Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists is conducting a monitoring and evaluation of water well drilling in Ibadan metropolis as part of its statutory functions and mandate.
The regulatory body for professionals and firms in the geosciences, mining engineering and metallurgy in the country plans to collate and generate a national database through the exercise.
According to a statement, Geocardinal Engineering Services Limited, an indigenous mining and exploration consultant, is undertaking the exercise on behalf of COMEG.
It said major stakeholders in the water well drilling subsector including the Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners and Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria were participating in the exercise.
It said questionnaires would be distributed to respondents to provide vital information regarding their drilling activities and operations in Ibadan and the adjoining cities.
The statement said such information would include respondents’ registrations with regulatory bodies and professional societies; compliance with health, safety and environment rules while drilling, average depth of water wells; appropriate timing for drilling new water well in Ibadan metropolis; and quality of water drilled.
It said the exercise also involved visiting sites to witness live drilling operations as well as collection of water samples for analysis and observation at the laboratory.
The rationale behind the project, according to COMEG, is to get accurate data on borehole drilling companies and drillers in the country for effective regulation of their operations and activities.
The statement said the project, which was carried out in Abuja last year, would be extended to other parts of the country.
The National President, AWDROP, Michael Ale, was quoted to have commended COMEG for the initiative, stating that the project was long overdue
He said it would help to sanitise the groundwater drilling business in the country, decrying the entry of foreign nationals who preferred conducting drilling operations without recourse to standard rules guiding the practice.
Ale, however, stated that with a reliable and accurate database, it would be easy to monitor compliance with standard rules and ethics as well as enforce professionalism.