The Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership, West Africa Dam Mogbante has disclosed to journalists at a regional workshop on Big water infrastructures to the sustainable development of West Africa held in Accra that in spite of the organization being a sub-regional one some countries that are supposed to be strong members of the GWP/WA are yet to demonstrate any interest in becoming part of this all important organization.
“Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia are yet to put in place the necessary platforms to make them members of the Global Water Partnership”. He said.
The Executive Secretary further disclosed that they have approached the relevant authority in Sierra Leone to see how best they could establish a partnership that will help develop the country’s water resources but no visible move has been made to engage the Secretariat to build an alliance.
“This is why we are now engaging the media and civil society so that they can raise awareness of politicians and the general populace on this all important issue of improved water governance for the benefit of the people” Dam Mogbante maintained.
Countries that are part of the Global Water Partnership are presently benefiting from experience and information sharing on the need for West African countries to embark on big water infrastructural development and how to properly manage our water facilities for the economic good of the people.
ECOWAS Water Resources Coordination Centre (WRCC) based in Ouagadougou recently launched a regional consultation on large hydraulic infrastructures in West Africa in a bid to develop recommendations to promote regional cooperation in this area and ensure concerted, integrated, sustainable and peaceful management of water resources.
It’s unfortunate despite desperate moves by government to ensure that people have access to safe drinking water not much is being done at the sub-regional level for the country to be integrated into well recognized institutions like the GWP.
This raises concern about the nonchalant attitude of our leaders in addressing issues of such nature that are geared towards the development of the people and the country as a whole.