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S. Sudan to utilise Nile River for development projects

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 25, 2013

It seems Ethiopia has  inspired and motivated the other upper riparian countries to use their rights to utilize the Nile River based on win-win strategy!

une 24, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan says it will use the Nile river’s water for development projects, stressing its need to produce green hydroelectricity to reduce reliance on generators.

Paul Mayom Akec, the country’s minister of irrigation and water resources, said the country’s generators were environmental hazards as they “emit polluted gas into the air, which is not only dangerous to human health but cause environmental hazard”.

The minister said that agricultural demand for water is also increasing.

“Hydro power is the most advanced and economically viable resource of renewable energy for South Sudan”, he said, further disclosing the country’s plan to build a dam on the White Nile river.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Monday, Akec said the government hopes to finance the dam project through foreign investment.

The dam, according to Akec, will be built in the Fulla-Nimule area of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state and will help create jobs for the local population.

The power generated from the dam, he said, will equally be available to the local people, with additional water to be used for irrigation. The idea, the minister told Sudan Tribune, has been embraced by inhabitants in the area.

Akec, however, stated that the project will not affect the share of the Nile’s water received by Sudan and Egypt, the two downstream countries.

Members of the Nile Basin Initiative recently agreed at a conference held in South Sudan’s capital Juba to work towards the “optimal use of the Nile Water Resources for development projects”…click here to read more!

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