Over forty Journalists from various West African countries are presently on a weeklong capacity building and sensitization training on the improvement of Water development, Management and governance in West Africa.
It is the 4th sub-regional workshop for Journalists which started yesterday Monday 17th May in Accra, Ghana and will end on Friday 21st May 2010.
The training which is being organized by the Global Water Partnership for West Africa in collaboration with the Ghana Country Water Partnership with support from the European Union aims at addressing the many challenges related to the management of Water resources and their mobilization for development purposes.
This workshop is to equip Journalists in West Africa to sensitize politicians and riparian population to get a better knowledge of these challenges.
The theme for this year’s Regional workshop is ‘The contribution of big water infrastructure to the sustainablility of countries in West Africa’
Two Journalists from Sierra Leone; William Freeman of Awoko Newspaper and Millicent Massaquoi of Cotton Tree News (CTN) are presently attending the 4th regional training organized by the West African Global Water Partnership since 2007.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop the Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) West Africa Dam Mogbante said the media has an important role to play in ensuring that people are well informed and are aware of the need for proper management of water to the benefit of the citizenry.
He urged governments of the various West African States to take the issue of development of big water infrastructures as a major concern as it is a vital tool that contributes to the reduction of poverty which is now a great concern of the sub-region.
“Water is an undeniable development factor whose good governance leads to poverty alleviation and the bitterness of living conditions of the population. Its bad management is a factor for degradation of living conditions and shows lack of global governance for the country” Dam Mogbante stated.
The Executive Secretary of GWP West Africa commended Ghana for being the first country in West Africa to create the biggest artificial lake not only in West Africa but the World at large through the Akosombo Dam which neighbouring Togo is also benefiting from.
Ghana’s Minister of Information John Tia Akologo who delivered the keynote address commended the GWP for organizing such an important workshop for Journalists particularly at a time when climate change is threatening the existence of mankind.He said water should be recognized as an economic good as it is a very strong source of income generation if only it is properly managed.
While stressing the importance of water the Ministers said “Water is life and there is no substitute for it and any government that means good for its people will treat the issue of water seriously”.
He expressed his delight at the huge presence of female Journalists at the workshop adding that women play a central role in the provision and management of water. The Global Water partnership is a partnership of governmental, Nongovernmental and public partnership aimed at ensuring a water secured world by promoting sustainable development and management of water resources
By William Freeman