2016 budget assumes oil output of 2.2m bpd at $38 per barrel

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By Mohammed Usman with agencies

The 2016 budget assumes oil production of 2.2 million barrels per day at 38 dollars a barrel. Reuters reported the budget minister to have said on Friday, shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.

Meanwhile, away from budget to employment, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Plateau has trained 25 youths on digging of concrete wells to boost water supply to curb perennial water scarcity in the state.

The Plateau NDE Coordinator, Mr Stephen Ndaks, while briefing newsmen in Jos on Friday, said that the trainees were the first to be trained in Concrete Well and Water Catchment Training Scheme (CWWCTS) by NDE.

“The scheme involves digging and excavation of the earth crust, casting of concrete to case the well and to prevent collapse of the well.

“The scheme creates employment by training youths in the techniques of digging and casing of the well with concrete.

“The scheme in addition, is to provide sustainable job creation by facilitating the provision of portable water in our communities or households,” he said.

The coordinator explained that the trainees were taught both theory and practical aspects of digging a concrete well.

According to him, in the theoretical part, the trainees were exposed to setting of ground rules and service team, facts about water as well as divining (searching for where there is enough underground water).

He added that they were also taught to understand the major equipment and making money out of the business.

Ndaks pointed out that in the practical aspect they were taught how to search for water where there is high pressure for underground water as well as the actual digging and casting.

The coordinator expressed optimism that the graduates who were trained by the directorate for three weeks, would engage other hands to support them in the venture and create more jobs while they make a living.

The Project Trainer, Mr Victor Pwajok, said that there were lots of prospects in the business, particularly now that government was finding it very difficult to provide pipe borne water for its citizens.

Pwajok disclosed that concrete wells had several advantages over boreholes as they were cheaper and easier to maintain.

He noted that unlike boreholes, dirt could easily be removed from well and the depth could easily be added if the well dried up.

“When digging a well, it must not be close to a soak away, it must not be near graveyard and you must know the history of the area.

“The idea is to ensure that the water is not hard water and that it is safe for human consumption,” he explained.

Pwajok said that the ideal period to dig a well “is between March and May when the water table is far so as to get water, all year round.’’

He said that the depth of a well varies from place to place based on the topography of the area.

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