The 19th Congress of the African Water Association (AfWA) opened yesterday in Bamako, Mali with a call to African Utilities to accelerate access to sanitation and water for all.
In a speech read for him by his Prime Minister, the President of Mali, His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said achieving water for all should be a basic social minimum.
Speaking at the sidelines of congress the MD of NWSC Eng. Dr Silver Mugisha who also is the Vice President of the Executive Board of Afwa said access to water and sanitation is an existential threat for Africa and the developing world.
He said Government of Uganda and Board of NWSC are aware of that challenge and have committed resources and designed tactical programmes to achieve water for all in areas mandated to NWSC by 2020. He said the expansion of the NWSC service footprint from 26 to 225 towns in the last four years is proof that NWSC is not simply paying lip service to its mantra of Water for All for Delighted Customers by a Delighted Workforce.
Dr. Silver said the Board under the leadership of Dr. Eng Christopher Ebal had tasked NWSC to focus all its resources, strategies and innovations to achieving water for all. He said achieving water for all was the only job to do at NWSC.
The NWSC pavilion was a bee hive of activity as delegates and exhibitors thronged the pavilion to discuss the NWSC story.
Dr. Rose Kaggwa the Director Business and Scientific Studies met delegates from Malawi, Ghana and Zambia and discussed capacity building through the NWSC External Services unit.
AfWA brings together key water and sanitation sector players on the African continent.
AfWA seeks to facilitate capacity development of African Water utilities, research and projects that focus on solutions for water and sanitation management.
AfWA also seeks to influence water and sanitation sector policy by providing sound professional viewpoints on emerging issues on the African continent.
The NWSC Delegation at the Congress is lead by Board Chairman Eng. Dr. Chris Ebal, MD, Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha, DBSS Dr. Rose Kaggwa, SMOPS- W&SW Mahmood Lutaaya, Cream Ninsiima and Sam Apedel.