| ALF Holds Workshop on Water and Sanitation for Parliamentary Staff
In continuation of its Capacity Building workshop series under the aegis of the Parliamentary Support Programme, the Africa Leadership forum (ALF) has organised a five-day workshop on water and sanitation for staff of state assemblies in various parts of the country.
Opening the workshop, which ran from April 16 to April 20, the Executive Director of the Forum, Mr Ayodele Aderinwale, MFR, said the idea to focus on water and sanitation in this year’s first Parliamentary Support Programme workshop came as a result of deliberations from the Regional conference on water organised by the ALF and the France-based Melody for Dialogue Among Civilizations Association in December last year.
Mr Aderinwale said the regional conference exposed Africa’s water challenges and brought to the fore the issues of inadequate legislation and implementation of water management schemes.
He urged participants at the workshop, who represented 12 state Assemblies, to deliberate on ways they could contribute to advocacy in the area of beneficial legislation on issues relating to water and sanitation.
Participants at the workshop expressed joy at the opportunity to brainstorm on a relatively obscure issue and praised the quality of the resource persons who led the sessions.
Several professionals, including water and sanitation experts participated in the conference as resources persons. They included Prof. Oladele Osibanjo of the University of Ibadan, Dr. Dogara Bashir of the National Water Resources Institute; Prof Olarenwaju Faghohun, Executive Director, Environmental Law Research Institute; Dr. Wale Okediran, a former member of the House of Representatives, among others.
Following deliberations, participants at the workshop formed a network on Water and Sanitation which they said would lead the campaign for reforms in legislation on water and sanitation issues.
See slideshow of participants at the workshop.