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The Executive Director of National Water and Sewage Corporation (NWSC), Silver Mugisha was last week sworn in as the new Congress President of the Africa Forum for Water Association, becoming the first Ugandan to ever hold the position.
This was during the just concluded 20th Africa Forum for Water Association (AFWA)international Congress and Exhibition that took place in Kampala from the 23th to 27th of February 2090 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
Mugisha, having been appointed in November 2019 officially started his 2-year term as the Congress President of the biggest Water Professional Association in Africa with over 100 Water Utilities from over 40 countries from all over Africa.
Speaking to journalists during the closing ceremony on Thursday last week, Mugisha said he would focus on a number of issues including establishment of the Africa Water and Sanitation Academy, Value Proposition for Members, broadening the aspects of water and sanitation and the management of the Association
“We have been given a go ahead to establish the training academy here in Uganda. This will be used in capacity building and the skilling of our people in water and sanitation management especially the young water professions in Africa. We also plan to establish other sub-centers in other Countries,” Mugisha said.
On Value proposition, Mugisha said he wants to create a sense of belonging for all member States by realigning the way the Science and Technical Council works.
“The other area I will be focusing on is broadening and bringing in more aspects of water and sanitation like water resources management, academia, communities but also the financing aspect so we are able to bring in more money,” he added.
Mugisha noted that although African states are way behind in the realisation of the 6th Social Development Goal (SDGs) which is access to water and sanitation for all, with proper strategies and more effort, Africa will be able to hit the targets even if its not done with the suggested time
“We need to change our strategies, increase the speed and change the mind set of our people. Our main focus is access to clean water and sanitation for all and any efforts towards that will be our priority, he said.