Reforestation, rehabilitation of natural endowments: Local leaders’ main concern
The lack of water in urban centers is the urgent need at the moment. The reason for this lack of one of the basic needs of man – water is caused by wanton destruction of forests and the unabated cutting of trees even in traditional water shed areas. Of course it is convenient and easy to blame the people who lived in these areas ahead of us. The level of awareness over the effects of the seeming abuse of nature never occupied the sensibilities of our people then. Now our generation is reaping the whirlwind of thirst for potable water tat has become a rare and costly commodity in urban centers.
The knee-jerk solution is to explore and seek other sources where water is still available and the cost of such endeavor is beyond imagination. These are usually found in far-flung areas and we have to live by it. For the water services to consumers will most likely and naturally be high and does surely hurts the financial status of the poor to include middle-income families.
Facing this dilemma, the local governments especially should embark into massive reforestation and rehabilitation of water shed areas now. They should revisit their development concerns and take into consideration projects and budget prioritization.
This will not provide immediate solution, though, but it will be an assurance that the next generation, our children and grand children will certainly be insured by a better life than we now experience.
The adequate supply of water to our people is the best legacy our leaders will leave behind when they shall have finished their term.
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