CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave the Ministry of Environment directions to deal with Nile River pollution and to solve the issue, Minister Khaled Fahmy told Youm7 Wednesday.
Fahmy said he was assigned to execute a program to eliminate all sources of pollution that affect the river.
He explained that he will ensure that all environmental conditions will be applied on facilities, with continual follow up from the ministry, to eliminate the problem of dumping industrial waste and sewage water in the river.
“The most important assignment from Sisi is the file of Nile pollution,” he told Al-Hayah Al-Youm Tuesday.
The Nile River file is on top of Sisi’s priorities and the ministry will stress to put a plan soon to remove all sources of pollution, Fahmy told MENA Wednesday.
He told el-Balad Tuesday that protecting the quality of Nile water is considered as national goal.
The Ministry of Irrigation said in press statement Thursday that they are organizing a campaign to remove any building violations on the Nile, according to Egynews.
They had recently demolished hundreds of obstacles in Cairo, Gharbia, Dakahlia, Fayoum, and other governorates.
One of the demolished buildings was a 13 floor, unlicensed building built on 260 square meters on the Nile River in Qalyubia.
The Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) issued a study in March that Nile pollution raises percentage of kidney amounting to 13 thousand cases each year, while bladder cancer is estimated at 60,000 cases yearly due to water pollution, according to Al-Wafd news.