Muhammad Jamal, Niger Correspondent
The drinking water crisis in Africa is an issue well known and an infamous reality; people are compelled to drink water that is well below the standard of purity required for human safety.
Niger is the most affected country by this dilemma and Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Niger has been using all its resources to provide assistance in these difficult times.
Two months ago, Akram Ahmedi Sahib, Chairman of IAAAE (International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers), visited Niger. During his visit, Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Niger, Asad Majeeb Sahib and Chairman IAAAE had a meeting with the Minister of Hydraulics and Sanitation, Mr Sabo Mocktar, in which the honourable minister requested that Niger wants to provide drinking water to the entire population by 2030.
To achieve this, Niger has a programme that aims to build small barrages and dams. To help, IAAAE engineers are to visit Niger for technical assistance and help the government with the project.
In this regard, Zeeshan Ahmed Sahib, a water engineer from Canada had visited Niger for ten days. During this visit, a delegation of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya met with the minister of hydraulics and sanitation, the director general hydraulics and many other important authorities. Various sites were also visited where dams could be constructed in the future.
Now IAAAE will make a complete plan for the government of Niger, which will enable the construction of small dams at low cost and with new technology.
Meanwhile, the minister of hydraulics and sanitation visited the Jamaat’s mission house and conducted a long meeting with the Jamaat. He also visited the model village of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and was very satisfied with the work and efforts of Ahmadi Muslim engineers, alhamdolillah.