SAYS MEMBERS WILL USE THAT WATER FOR PRODUCTION THROUGH IRRIGATION
President Museveni has counseled Egypt against over concentrating on pursuing the Nile Agreement signed during colonial times.
The head of state noted that the said agreement doesn’t allow some countries to irrigate crops.
“I have heard that Egypt is still concentrating on the Nile agreement signed under the British, a long time ago in Khartoum. That agreement doesn’t allow some countries to irrigate crops” the president said through the Vice President Maj. Jessica Alupo who represented him at the opening of the 7th Nile Basin Development Forum that is taking place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The forum has brought in different participants from Africa and beyond.
The president counseled that instead the North African country concentrating on that agreement, it is important for the countries sharing the Nile waters to work together (with Egypt) on preserving and protecting the environment.
He said this would enable revival of the volumes of the Nile waters again with constant rainfall patterns. As a result, Museveni said, this would enable all countries to use that water for production and productivity through irrigation.
The president advised Egypt to also look to the advantages of electricity and electricity generation which he said enables members to pursue their objectives of industrialization to create jobs (especially for the youth) and increase exports from Industrialization.
“That way, our economies will be strengthened” he noted.
Museveni also noted that use of electricity will enable members mitigate and fight environmental challenges.
“When we get more people to cook with electricity and also use electricity for lighting, this will make our forest cover return and help us regenerate our environment and ecosystems. Let’s use the Nile waters strategically. In Africa, we are all brothers” he counseled.