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UN, Yobe to end water shortage in 336 communities

Anthony Lake

Bursari Local Government Council in Yobe State is partnering the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the state government to end the perennial water shortage in 336 rural communities in the area. Alhaji Zanna Abatcha, Chairman of the council, gave the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Damaturu, ...

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YouthWASH demands national survey on water, hygiene in schools

Suleiman Adamu

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Youth Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (YouthWASH), has called on the Federal Ministry of Education to carry out a national survey to determine the level of access to potable water. YouthWASH said the survey should also include hygiene and sanitation in schools across the country. The Group’s Coordinator, Mr Nature Obiakor, told the News Agency of ...

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Why right to water should be enshrined in Constitution, by ERA

suleiman adamu kazaure

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has written President Muhammed Buhari on the need to enshrine water as a human right in the Nigerian Constitution. ERA/FoEN is asking President Buhari to throw his weight behind demands by civil society and other groups for democratically-controlled water systems that guarantee universal access to all Nigerians irrespective of their status. ...

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Lagosians urged to use water wisely


The Managing Director of Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), Mr Muminu Badmus, on Friday, January 5, 2018 urged Lagosians to imbibe the culture of water conservation. Badmus gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that the global water scarcity threat necessitates wise usage of water by consumers. According to him, any ...

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Why privatisation trio can’t be trusted with Lagos water infrastructure, by activists

Akinwunmi Ambode

The “Our Water Our Right Coalition”, comprising a host of national and international civil society and grassroots groups, has delivered copies of a document – “Veolia, Abengoa, Metito Cannot Be Trusted With Lagos Water” – to the Lagos State Government, asking it to halt the planned 25-year concession of Adiyan II project and a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the Odomola project. ...

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WISE-UP to Climate project ends with prospect for second phase


The “WISE-UP to Climate” project, initiated in April 2014 to demonstrate that natural ecosystems are nature based solutions for climate change adaptation and sustainable development, has now ended. And the thinking among partners on the project is that they have been able to advance knowledge on how to ensure the efficiency of built water infrastructure. The research based activities of ...

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Tackling Nigeria’s sanitation challenges

Dr. Lawrence Anuka

By most accounts, Nigeria has been facing serious sanitation challenges, even after almost 60 years of political independence. Sanitation experts moan that many cities and towns across the country are still having serious waste management problems, while some communities have yet to be free from the menace of open defecation. They call for increased investments to rectify the situation but ...

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Yobe targets 90% access to water, sanitation by 2025

Ibrahim Gaidam

The Yobe State Government says it will achieve 90 per cent access to water supply and sanitation by 2025 in line with the water and sanitation reform policy. Alhaji Bukar Mohammed, the General Manager, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), disclosed this on Sunday, December 24, 2017 in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital. He said ...

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Osun earmarks N48.73b for water, sanitation project in Ilesa


Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State says his administration will spend N48.73 billion on the Ilesa water and sanitation project. The governor said this in Ilesa on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the launch of the project tagged ‘‘the biggest singular project in Osun since its creation’’. He said that a major part of the funds for the project, which ...

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Water privatisation: Coalition says Lagos’ shortlisted firms can’t be trusted

ERA water

Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State has been urged to drop his seemingly cherished idea of privatising water in the state, as the companies he picked “cannot be trusted with Lagos water”. At a press briefing organised by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) on Monday, December 18, 2017 in Lagos, the activists under “Our water Our Right ...

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