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.