The Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, on Monday said Nigerians willing to sink boreholes now need the approval of her ministry before embarking on drilling.
Mrs Ochekpe, who disclosed this to journalists while briefing on the performance of her ministry, explaining that continuous drilling of borehole in Nigeria could affect ground water supply in the future.
She appealed to Nigerians to ensure proper management of water for the interest of all.
The shortage of portable water has left so many Nigerians to look for alternative sources of water supply to meet their daily needs.
While maintaining that government in the last two years had done well especially in the area of rehabilitation and construction of dams, Mrs. Ochekpe added that the provision of potable water is not the responsibility of the federal government alone.