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Minister advocates for technology to address water woes

29 November 2013, 10:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, has advocated for technology transfer in tackling water sector challenges in the country.

She said this would improve service delivery to Nigerians.

Speaking at the Exhibition of Water Africa and West Africa Building and Construction in Abuja, the Minister said cross fertilization of ideas by the participants on how to effectively and efficiently utilize the new technology would also enhance access to save potable water and sanitation in Nigeria.

Ochekpe said information and knowledge were keys to critical development in the sector. She urged participants to exploit the Seminar and Exhibition for their technological development, adding that the Exhibition would afford staff of the Ministry to key into the new tools and ideas being displayed.

She commended the organizer of the event, Ace Event Management, a United Kingdom based Company that brought together both private and public sectors in Water and Construction business to look at new tools being displayed.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Baba Umar Farouk stated that the exhibition was an annual event that provided for critical stakeholders in private and public sectors in the water and construction business the opportunities to display new technologies in use in the sectors.

“The objective of this year Seminar and Exhibition is to showcase new tools, machineries and techniques for water, housing and construction sectors as well as provide a platform for interaction with experts for purposes of cross fertilization of ideas among all stakeholders,” he said.

The Managing Director of Ace Event, Tracey Shaw, said effective management of water and infrastructure services were of critical importance in Nigeria.

She urged Nigerian businesspeople and other stakeholders to seize the opportunity to interact towards building more sustainable water and infrastructure services in the country.

She explained that this year event had witnessed steady increase in the number of exhibitors, sponsors and participants.

More than 100 organizations are exhibiting their products and services.

– CAJ News


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