Stakeholders in the water subsector have called for concerted efforts to protect, conserve and restore waterways and river systems in South-East communities from all forms of pollution and degradation.
The stakeholders made the call in Owerri at the commemoration of this year’s World Rivers Day with the theme “Waterways in our communities”. The event was organised by the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority, in collaboration with the Imo State Water and Sewage Corporation.
The Managing Director, Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority, Gerald Osuagwu, in his remarks, said the celebration was intended to highlight human activities that were degrading the rivers. He also decried the increasing pressures associated with pollution, industrial development, urbanisation and climate change which were affecting rivers.
Also speaking, the General Manager, Imo State Water and Sewage Corporation, Emeka Ugoanyanwu, said urbanisation, street trading, sand mining and increasing human population have caused tremendous damage to most rivers.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Imo state Ministry of Water Resources Gil Nnah noted that the state government was committed to ending river degradation and pollution.