Ministers vow to deal with waste disposal in the Nile
Ministries of Environment, Irrigation and Supply 'press conference - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: The Ministries of Environment, Irrigation and Supply held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue of companies throwing their waste in the Nile River.

A number of ministry leaders and officials attended the meeting to discuss direct and indirect waste disposal in the water system.

This meeting comes as part of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s recent announcement his government would take necessary steps to protect the Nile from pollution.

Minster of Environment Khaled Fahmy said during the meeting that ministers are cooperating to solve environmental issues, as they overlap in all sectors, and officials hope to integrate environmental issues into other ministerial programs, according to a press statement.

Fahmy added that the Industry and Environment Ministries are partners for the future and the state must protect environmental resources, as there is nothing more important than the Nile River.

This is the first time the three ministries held a meeting to discuss the issue of Nile pollution, and they announced they know of 10 factories that dispose of waste directly into the river.

Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy stated Tuesday in a press conference that authorities will activate a “High Council to Protect the Nile”, in addition to establishing a database about places that pollute the Nile, Sada el-Balad reported.

Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy added that the environmental file was handled with negligence over the past few years, and stressed the importance of applying state law on environmental issues.

Moghazy said in press statements Tuesday that the ministry is demolishing all garbage piles and illegal construction projects on the Nile in all governorates. This includes 3,000 cubic meters of illegal construction in Sohag estimated to be worth 50 million EGP.

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