By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)
Khartoum, Sudan (Sudanow)- The 22nd of February coincides with the day chosen by the Nile basin countries to celebrate in 2012, the Nile day under the motto of” Water Energy, Food: Importance of Nile Cooperation’.
The main event is however being hosted by the Ugandan town of Jinja which opens its arms and offer its smile to Ministers in charge of water resources and representative of member states and media and other stakeholders to celebrate the event. The same celebration is being organized in each and every member state of the Nile basin countries, as a reminder of the importance of developing the water resources and the need for cooperation among and between the member states.
Professor Saif Hamad, Sudan’s Minister for Water Resources, pointed out that this year celebrations which is hosted by Jinja, Uganda, was a well chosen venue as Uganda was the first countries to take an action that benefited the Kampala and Cairo back in the year 1953 when Uganda went for the construction of Rainbow dam at the entrance of lake Victoria thus benefiting Uganda through provision of energy and benefiting Egypt through provision of food. This was reached after correspondences that lasted for four years.
He said this year’s celebration is a chance for the governments and people of the Nile basin to focus on management and development of the Nile basin resources, diversity and the richness therein.
Sudan on its part has chose the motto of “Sudan inspiration for cooperation and source of food for the Nile people” to personify the role that Sudan could as a terra media could play given its relative advantages and diverse resources that could definitely contribute in the provision of food for all the people of the Nile basin
According to organizers this year’s celebrations in Sudan will comprise festivities popular and official activities and a forum for eh Nile basin friends and a meeting for the National Nile Valley media network to go alongside with the popular Ngos celebrations, involving the private and public sectors as well.
In addition to the outreach activities on the importance of the Nile valley and water resources and eh benefits for all and everybody, the event will be moved to Khartoum on the 25th of February where personalities like former Minister of Irrigation in the Sudan, Dr kamal Ali, will be honored along with veteran technicians at the Ministry of Irrigation .
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