AMCOW Interim President and Minister for Water Resources, Nigeria, Hon. Sarah Reng-Ochekpe has called for increased public and private investments in the water and sanitation sector in the continent. The call was made Wednesday January 31st 2014 at a press conference in Addis Ababa to mark the adoption of the inaugural report on the implementation of the Sharm el-Sheikh commitments for accelerating the achievement of water and sanitation goals in Africa by African Union Summit.
“Efforts at improving basic sanitation in Africa are so far inadequate. Poor sanitary conditions remain a major hazard to the health and productivity of the African population. Increased public and private investment in the water sector becomes critical to implement necessary actions for improving performance, particularly in water resources management to fully unleash the productivity of such sectors as agriculture, energy, industry and fisheries and release Africa’s development potentials.” Ochekpe declared.
The AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime had presented the summary report to the press, highlight of which is the undertaking to raise at least 50 million Euros from Member States and development partners to fund implementation of activities for water development, utilisation and management, as well as improvement of hygiene and sanitation at community level.
The AMCOW President stated that AMCOW welcomed the summit’s call for an enabling environment for engendering the accelerated use of available water sector funds at the African Development Bank in order to further close the financing gap in the sector. Observing the critical need to continuously monitor and report on the ongoing efforts in the sector toward achieving the MDG targets on water and sanitation and the 2025 Africa Water Vision, Ochekpe said the report vindicated AMCOW’s decision to endorse the call for a distinct water goal in the post-2015 global development agenda.
Ochekpe was quoted as saying: “We need to consider a post-2015 global development goal for a water-secure world for with commitments to achieve universal access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene in Africa by 2030 as well as increasing the harvest potential and productive use of Africa’s water resources and assuring and safeguarding water quality for all uses.”
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