Abuja – The Water Operators Partnership Nigeria Platform has been launched in Abuja.
Speaking during the launch ceremony, the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe said Nigerian Government was committed to ensuring adequate development of the water sector in accordance with the transformation agenda.
She said the WOP-Nigeria platform was key as it would focus on performance appraisal and benchmarking of the water agencies towards improving their efficiencies and effectiveness.
The Minister said that the UN World Water Development Project had reported that the economic loss in Africa alone due to lack of access to safe water and basic sanitation was estimated at about $28.4 billion a year in which Nigeria has the largest share of the loss.
She expressed fears that the continuous delay in sectoral development would only make the loss larger.
She further espoused gratitude to the Africa Water Association, the Water Operators' Partnership of Africa and United States Agency for International Aid for packaging and funding the establishment of Water Operators' Partnership in Nigeria.
She called on the Nigeria Water Supply Association (NWSA) to ensure sustainability for the initiative through conscientious and vigorous pursuit of enunciated activities to serve as encouragement towards developing the water sector.
The Chairman of the NWSA Planning Committee, Olusola Suulola, said the official launch of the platform would enlighten the Nigerian Water and Sanitation Operators on the WOP-Africa and exposing the preeminent trends in the water supply sector in the country as well as the planned activities for 2014 among others.
The National President of the Nigeria Water Supply Association, Eugene Pam thanked the Minister as well as representatives of International Development Agencies and Programmes for supporting the association. \
- CAJ News
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