The 2014 World Water Wwek in Stockholm opened to about 3000 participants from all over the world, with interest in a sustainable future. This years theme “Energy and Water”, inspired a lot of engagement, as both are at the top of mans basic needs. At the opening session, Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of World Water Week organiser Stockholm International Water Institute, said: “The challenges are immense. With the global demand for water projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050 and electricity demand expected to increase by 50 per cent in the next two decades, there is an urgent need for a closer relationship between the energy and water communities if we are to provide solutions for all peoples to prosper.”
For decades, Nigeria’s government has failed in the provision of water and energy, and her huge population lack access to energy and portable water. This has a negative multiplier effect on health, employment, business, manufacturing etc.
“There must be a strategy to get the Ministers of Water, energy, power and other relevant ministries in one room to discuss synergy and solutions” says Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All . “The private sector also has the technology and solutions, and must be part of this discussion.”
On the question of dams as a unsustainable solution, Sarah Ochekpe, Minister of Federal Ministry of Water Resources said; “hydro is a clean renewable form, and it is less expensive. Nigeria is blessed with water resources and they will be explored, but managed efficiently to spread their use so some parts do not suffer lack of water.”
World Water Week is annually organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute keep the discussion around sustainable water issues alive.