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Nigeria news: Prof. Dapo Longe becomes Chair of GWP/WA’s Technical committee

Professor Dapo Longe

Professor Ezechiel Oladapo Longe of the University of Lagos has been elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership West Africa (GWP/WA).

Dapo Longe is a Professor of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Lagos. He replaces Professor Lekan Oyebande, an emeritus professor of the same university.

Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC), an agency under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources has been  elected into the Global Water Partnership West Africa (GWP/WA) Steering Committee.

These are some of the key decisions of the Global Water Partnership West Africa (GWP/WA) Assembly of Partners meeting held in Accra, Ghana last week.

The meeting attended by representatives of Country Water Partnerships (CWP) in the region deliberated on the 2016 – 2019 Strategy documents and the GWP / WA 2014 – 2016 Work Plan, ongoing initiatives in the region (Water climate and Development Project, Mekrou, Drought Management, Ground Water), presentation of the 2012 progress and financial reports, and presentation of the 2013 Work plan and budget.

The GWP was founded in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM).

GWP West Africa has been working together with the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) to promote IWRM in the region and help countries and stakeholders operationalise its principles through broad and active partnerships. ECOWAS recently adopted a regional water policy which aims at contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development, and which now needs to be internalised at national level for effective implementation.

The GWP is contributing to that process through its 12 Country Water Partnerships created as multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral neutral platforms for dialogue supporting national policy development.

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