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Ministry of Water Resources Holds First Conference In The South-East


By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo

National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet) today 18th August 2021 held it's first south east regional conference at the ASUU secretariat in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Minister for Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu in his remark commended the organisers of the conference stating that it is a step in the right direction.

Adamu who was represented by Engineer Okechukwu Osiagwu said "This is the first of it's kind in the south east and this conference will go a long way in solving the challenges of water in Nigeria. 

"This conference couldn't have come in a better time than now when we are faced with climate change and Covid-19 pandemic. This gathering therefore provides the needed platform to share ideas and create awareness of recent development.

"Water supply is in the concurrent list which means the three levels of government have a responsibility and role to play".

The executive Governor of Anambra state, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano in his speech said the theme of the conference which is "Challenges of water supply and sanitation in Nigeria" is timely especially these period of cholera outbreak. Anambra state has enhanced it's effort on sanitation and hygiene.

Obiano, who was the chief guest of honour was represented by the commissioner for Public Utilities, Engineer Emeka Ezenwanne, who during his speech outlined the achievement and transformations the present administration has done on environment and sanitization and on construction of facilities across the state.

Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, professor Charles Okechukwu Esimone in his welcome address thanked the management of NWRCBNET-SE for choosing UNZIK as it's host.

Esimone, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Prof Joseph Ikechebe Said "The theme of the conference captures the daunting environmental challenge tugging at the heart of Nigeria's urban, semi-urban and rural communities. It should be obvious to all that the basic requirements for human existence on which all else depend are air and water. The importance of the availability of a good source of water supply is underscored by the fact that in early times, it's availability had determined the settlement of communities.

Hopefully, the outcome of this conference will add to the existing pool of recommendations from which Nigeria government at the various levels can draw, to effectively tackle the potable water supply challenges in the country".

Member representing Orumba South constituency at the Anambra state house of assembly and chairman house committee on public utilities, Engineer Emma Nwafor in his remark emphasize on the importance of such gathering staring that it will enhance the relationship of the regions. 

Royal Father of the day, HRM, Igwe (Sir) Benneth Emeka, Okebo Umueri in his speech hailed Governor Obiano on the giant strides achieved on sanitation. He commended the Federal Government for the roles they have played in developing the environment of the state especially in Anambra East LGA


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