Ex­hibitors, ex­perts seek ways to bridge in­fra­struc­ture gaps

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Joke Falaju, Abuja

EX­PERTS and ex­hibitors at the on­go­ing Wa­ter Africa and West Africa Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sem­i­nar have charged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to bridge the in­fra­struc­ture gaps in the wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and build­ing sec­tor.

They lamented the huge in­fras­truc­tural de­cay in the sec­tor and the chal­lenges faced by Nige­ri­ans in ac­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties for its de­vel­op­ment.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ACE Event Man­age­ment, Tracy Nolan-shaw, said this yes­ter­day at the open­ing of the Wa­ter Africa In­ter­na­tional trade ex­hi­bi­tion and sem­i­nars 2017 in Abuja. She said the ex­hi­bi­tion was all about wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and con­struc­tion and high­light­ing chal­lenges Nige­ri­ans face in ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas in an ef­fort to prof­fer a last­ing so­lu­tion.

“The chal­lenges of wa­ter short­age, as well as san­i­ta­tion prob­lems, which have been ig­nored for a long time in the coun­try would be high­lighted at the sem­i­nar,” she stated.

Through the sem­i­nar, Nolan-shaw added that the ex­perts would fash­ion out ways the coun­try could bridge the in­fra­struc­ture gap in the wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and con­struc­tion within the next 20 years.

“We try to pull to­gether the stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try so as to find a last- ing so­lu­tion to the chal­lenges be­dev­il­ing the sec­tor” she stated.

Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­sources, Suleiman Adamu, while declar­ing the con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion open urged for a ro­bust col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween ac­tors in the wa­ter sec­tor to en­hance de­vel­op­ment of the in­dus­try and the man­age­ment of wa­ter re­sources.

He noted that the coun­try had achieved 69 per cent suc­cess in wa­ter sup­ply and 29 per cent in san­i­ta­tion, adding how­ever, that 66 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans are with­out ac­cess to safe wa­ter while 110 mil­lion lack ac­cess to san­i­ta­tion, re­sult­ing in high child mor­tal­ity rate in the coun­try.

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