By Catherine Philip Jelani
The State Ministry of Water Resources marks the World Water Day in the early hours of the day at the State Secretariat Complex . Globally, the official date as slated by the United Nations UN is March 22nd. How ever, the Wash Sectors of the BAY States; Borno, Adamawa and Yobe fixed 29th March based on peculiarities surrounding the country and the States hence, the need for the postponement.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Michael Medugu who was ably represented by the Program Manager of RUWASA, Esly Emmanuel announced that this year's theme for the World Water Day is ; " Accelerating Change towards water Crisis". He continued to say that the world is about to accelerate change to solve water and sanitation crisis because water affects all of us, everyone needs to take action. That means you and your families and host communities can make a difference by changing the way you use and manage water in your lives and day to day activities. Emmanuel revealed that there is a policy on water sustainability for every water facility provided in the State. His words, " there is a policy on sustainability of every water facility provided meaning that there most be sustainability structures on ground such as the water supply facilities, by so doing the Ministry have averted the crisis of frequent brake down of water supply." He urged all to develop personal commitment towards ensuring that there is a reduction in water crisis that have been an issue for a very long period of time in the world.
In a similar manner, the Program Manager, Small Towns Water Station in the State, Suleiman Shuaibu said, the commemoration comes with the saying ;" be the change you want to see in the world". He said that the saying is sometimes stated as " change begins with me". He encouraged all to gear up and contribute their quoter in addressing the global water crisis "so that together we can be able to meet the SDGs target as outlined globally", his words.
|PM Small Towns Water Station, Suleiman Shuaibu
In another remark by the General Manager of Water Board, Halidu Ahmadu, he said that Water crisis is a global issue and hoped that the challenges can be overcomed.
The participants at the event include the staff of the ministry and NGOs operating on water, hygiene and sanitation area. They were there to support the State in marking the world water Day.
In a closing remark, the Wash Sector Coordinator, Umar Sajoh said that the Adamawa State Government joins the rest of the world in commorating the 2023 world water Day, his words; " this is 2023 world water Day commemoration which is undertaken by Adamawa State Government through the State Ministry of Water Resources to join the rest of the world in commorating for this water Day" He explained that the NGOs here were invited to witness the occasion as the bann on their activities in the State is still enforced. He said that there participation is commendable.
It could be recalled that the State Government has recently suspended the activities of NGOs in the State till further notice.