Turkey to help provide safe water to Gambians, others

With a host of projects, Turkey will help The Gambia, Chad, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, and Kenya

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Turkey is expanding its efforts to help provide safe, usable water to some 3 million in African countries suffering from water shortages, Ankara’s top water official said Wednesday.

“We are planning to give a helping hand to nine [more] African countries with our experience and knowledge,” said Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroglu.

According to a 2015 UNICEF report on water and sanitation around the world, over 90 per cent of the global population now has access to improved sources of drinking water.

But despite that progress, the world has fallen short on the sanitation target, leaving 2.4 billion without access to improved sanitation facilities, thus the UN aims to eliminate open defecation by 2025.

Though achieving universal access to clean drinking water is still a goal to be achieved in The Gambia, the country has had an impressive success in the area.

Couple of months ago, The Gambia has received an award for its achievement in gaining access to clean and drinkable water within a 15 minute walk to its citizenry.

The award was given at a ceremony held at the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa, late 2015.

Meanwhile, the Turkey ministry’s projects include helping with digging wells, monitoring and managing water quality, water and wastewater purification technologies, irrigation, dam construction, and protecting, upgrading, and managing water resources.

“We’ve set our goal in this framework. We have provided eight African countries with water so far. And now we’re starting to supply water to nine other African countries,” said Eroglu.

The ministry currently helps provide 1.7 million people in Africa with water, he said, and as of 2019, this number should rise to 3 million.

The nations included in the latest efforts are Chad, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, and Kenya. Previous countries helped are Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Mali, and Djibouti.

In addition, many Africans needing water benefit from Turkish humanitarian aid projects through the State Waterworks Directorate, Prime Ministry Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Those groups have helped dig 2,600 wells for people living in harsh conditions in many African countries, providing almost 9 million people with fresh drinking water.

Source: World Bulletin news

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