The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Utsev, has said the federal government will be partnering with the Angolan government to bolster the water sector in both countries.
Utsev said this when he received Jose Zau, the Angolan Ambassador to Nigeria, during a courtesy visit to the Ministry in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement issued by Funmi Imuetinyan, the ministry spokesperson.
According to the statement, the Minister expressed Nigeria’s commitment to fostering stronger ties with Angola and welcomed the initiative for collaboration in the Water Sector.
He underscored the significance of cross-border partnerships in addressing water-related challenges such as access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and efficient water resources management.
The Minister particularly emphasized that achieving access to clean and safe water for all required support from all critical stakeholders in the Water and Sanitation Sector.
He accepted the invitation extended to him by the Angolan Ambassador to visit the country for a more inclusive partnership in other areas of mutual benefit.
During the meeting, the Angolan ambassador conveyed the keen interest of the Angolan government in enhancing cooperation with Nigeria in the critical area of water resources and energy management.
Recognizing the shared challenges and opportunities in the water sector, the Ambassador stressed the importance of bilateral collaboration to address common issues and achieve sustainable development.
Both parties discussed potential areas of collaboration, including knowledge exchange, capacity building initiatives, technological advancements, and joint projects aimed at improving water infrastructure and energy services in their respective countries.
The meeting concluded with a mutual need to establish a joint working group comprising representatives from both countries to further explore collaborative opportunities for cooperation in the water sector.
The visit of Ambassador to the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation marks a significant step towards strengthening the cordial relationship between Angola and Nigeria and underscores the commitment of both nations to advancing sustainable development through mutual cooperation in the Water Sector.