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AMCOW Chief decries poor access to water in Africa

 The Global Water Partnership, Nigeria (GWP/N) has held its  Assembly of Partners meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, with the  Executive Secretary of African Ministers Council on Water, (AMCOW) Bai-Mass Taal decrying the poor access to safe drinking water throughout Africa. 

‘It is a shame that 340 million people in Africa do not have access to safe drinking water supplies a situation causing  70% of all hospital deaths in Africa”, said Bail-Mass.

Nigeria’s Minister for Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe  in an address at the meeting  said government agencies should not be left  alone to manage water.

Her words: “Government agencies cannot development the water sector  fully and because of budgetary constraints, we have to open the space for other partners to come  in to finance the sector’”

One of the key decisions in the meeting was the reduction of the 23 man steering committee to 19 members; the adoption of a work plan, under which the GWP-N intends to form Area Water Partnership, facilitate the development of a National Integrated Water Resources Management strategy, support the passage of the National Water draft bill, and  assist in the review of the National Water Resources Master plan.

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