Ogun State government has restated its commitment to accelerating positive changes in the water sector so as to ensure adequate water availability and sanitation for all in line with Sustainable Development Goal 6.
Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya gave the assurance during a stakeholders forum as part of activities marking this year’s World Water Day with the theme “Accelerating Change” held at the Oba’s Complex, State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan,Abeokuta.
The Commissioner said to make the accelerating change possible in the sector, the stakeholders and the state government must use the forum to take a critical diagnosis affecting the sector and proffer practical and sustainable solution.
Oresanya also used the opportunity to commend some of the stakeholders especially companies who have embraced water stewardship and are executing initiative and project towards sustainable water management and governance in the state saying their efforts will greatly contribute to the state’s government desire at accelerating the desired positive change in water and sanitation sector.
Delivering a key note address during the forum,Managing Director of Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority, Otunba Olufemi Odumosu said providing access to safe water is one of the most effective instrument of poverty alleviation and reduction.
He stated further that the theme for this year’s theme of “Accelerating Change” emphasis the need to speed up action towards sustainable management of the water resource with just seven years left to achieve the SDG.
The theme for this year’s World Water Day draws attention to the need for quick action to solve the global water and sanitation crisis.