By COLLINS AMADI

Imo State Government on Thursday flagged off the Resilient Watershed for All.

Government is partnering with Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) and Coca-Cola in implementing the programme.

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Addressing participants at a workshop held in Owerri, the state capital, the state Commissioner of Water Resources, Dame Ann Dozie described water as one of the world’s most valuable resources that is central to human survival.

According to her, water occupies an important place in national development.

She noted that the important place of water underscores the seriousness being given to it by Imo State government.

Dozie submitted that the water crisis being suffered globally calls for collaboration and synergy amongst government, corporations, utilities, CSOs NGOs with a view to arresting the situation.

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The commissioner said; “The water we use is directly dependent on the landscapes through which it flows and our watersheds such as the lands around rivers, lakes, streams are some of the undervalued natural systems on earth”.

She reiterated the resolve of Imo State government in welcoming this laudable development from RAWDP while assuring commitment to providing needed support for a progressive synergy towards the project.

She expressed profound gratitude to CEO of RAWDP and her technical team for what she described as identifying the gap and working hard to support the small immediate actions towards water security.

Earlier, the CEO of RAWDP, Ogechi Ezeji thanked Gov Hope Uzodimma for what she described as prompt response to issues of importance.

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According to Ezeji, water is key to good health and lack of a reliable water supply poses health hazards.

In her remarks, the Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola, Nigeria, Nwamaka Onyelukwe also thanked Governor Hope Uzodimma for his support.

She noted that water is essential to life, adding that constant water supply saves life and prevents diseases.

She posited that the project will touch many lives positively.

Students of Government College, Owerri; Holy Ghost College, Owerri; Emmanuel Secondary School, Owerri; Akwakuma Girls Secondary School, Owerri and School for the Deaf and Dumb, Ofekata Orodo attended the workshop.

The Omenimo cultural group entertained the audience.

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