By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Bayelsa State is to host all the thirty-six states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory to a national seminar on water.
Also expected at the seminar are multinational oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta, which are considered as important stakeholders in water sector, development agencies and the ministries of health and education.
The seminar, which will hold from December 8 â€“ 11, will centre on topical issues like water, sanitation and hygiene and their impacts on the society.
Bayelsa State Commissio-ner for Water Resources, Mr. Kuroghoekeha Davidson Francis, who disclosed this in Yenagoa, urged the oil companies and development agencies to participate in the seminar.
The commissioner said his ministry was collating other major issues to be deliberated upon at the seminar, just as he assured that the state government was finalising preparations for the seminar.
The seminar he noted could not have come at a better time especially as the state was working hard to turn its fortunes around in that sector to ensure adequate provision of safe water.
Francis also stated that the timing of the seminar was apt in view of the fact that the state governor, Timipre Sylva had assured that he would declare an emergency in water sector after improvements in the power sector.
According to him, the seminar would also afford the state government opportunity to review some issues surrounding the provision and distribution of water in the state.