In celebration of the World Water Day 2016, the Lagos Business School in collaboration with Guinness Nigeria Plc organized a World Water Day Symposium 2016. Public, Private, Non-government and academic experts were brought together to discuss the importance of sustainable water consumption to sustainable development while looking at SDGs 6 on clean water and sanitation.
A panel which held during the symposium with the topic “Transforming Livelihood through Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Initiative”, constituted of knowledgeable people like Dr Grace Olukoi from Lead City University, Mr Oluyomi Banjo of UNIDO, Tim Connel of Concern Universal and Sesan Sobowale of Guinness Nigeria Plc. the panel pointed out the effect of the unavailability of water on women and children especially. The session generally aimed at encouraging everyone to avoid waste of water and ensure adequate maintenance of the sources of water available to them as waste was identified as a major reason for water ‘scarcity’.
There was also a career session titled ‘Jobs and Entrepreneurship opportunities within and beyond the water value chain’. This session featured the likes of Osita Abana of Guinness Nigeria, Bunmi Otegbade of generation Enterprise, Krishna Mohan of Water Health West Africa, Iyadunni Olubode of LEAP Africa and the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Job Creation and Youth Development, Afolabi Imoukhede. In this session, opportunities in agriculture, water purification and aquaculture sectors were identified as available in the water sector.
The keynote speech delivered by Prof Pat Utomi urged youths to explore opportunities in the water sector while encouraging the government to partner with private sector to create jobs. He mentioned other areas to be explored in the water sector like recycling, trade, transportation and recreation.