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African countries urged to implement water, sanitation projects

Ms. Rhoda Tumusiime

Development partners on Monday called on African countries to implement water and sanitation projects toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDGs) on Water and Sanitation by 2030. Ms. Rhoda Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, made the call at the sidelines of the Africa Water Week in Dar Es Salaam. Tumusiime urged countries in the ...

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Lagos urged to shift stand on water privatisation


Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Obasa Mudashiru, to side with Lagos people in rejecting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the water sector. The ERA/FoEN, in a letter to the Speaker titled Privatisation Is Not Solution to Lagos Water Problem, frowned at attempts to foist the PPP model of ...

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Tough choices for Ethiopia’s Boricha district amid water shortages


In Boricha district of Ethiopia, women and children walk up to five hours to collect water from shallow and unprotected ponds which they share with animals. Sometimes water in these ponds is contaminated as rainwater washes wastes from surrounding areas into the sources. Often, children are left at home while their mothers and older siblings collect water as their fathers’ ...

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Group knocks Lagos legislator’s water privatisation stand

Mudashiru Obasa

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described suggestions by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, that privatisation is the answer to the water needs of Lagosians as a “betrayal of the trust reposed on him by the electorate”. Obasa had, while speaking during a media parley to mark the first year of ...

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Military eases water shortage in Kaduna community, constructs borehole

Unguwa Kanti community

Apparently moved by a publication on plight of residents of Kanti village, a community located west of Rigasa, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis, North-West Nigeria, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, has constructed a borehole in the community. This follows a story by Water Journalists Africa that reported on the plight of this community ...

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Nigeria, others tackle continental water, food insecurity challenges

continental water

In the light of the food security and the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus, some nine nations embarking on a new initiative in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Africa Nigeria and eight other African countries have begun an operation that will address continental challenges related to water and food security in the light of ...

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From Flint to Lagos: Time for democratic control of water

Kelle Louaillier

Akinbode Oluwafemi (director of corporate accountability at Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria) and Kelle Louaillier (president of Corporate Accountability International, based in Boston, in the United States) in this treatise utilise the cities of Flint and Lagos as a case in study to demonstrate challenges related to public water system administration Although separated by continents and oceans, the people ...

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How fuel price hike will worsen water scarcity, by BLF


The Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLF), a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has said that the recent increase in price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), or petrol, from N86.50 to N145.00 per litre will further increase scarcity of safe drinking water in the country. In a statement issued on Monday and endorsed by its programme officer, Taiwo Owolabi, BLF noted that ...

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Climate-driven water scarcity could cost regions up to 6% of GDP by 2050

water scarcity

A new World Bank reports finds that water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could hinder economic growth, spur migration, and spark conflict. However, most countries can neutralise the adverse impacts of water scarcity by taking action to allocate and use water resources more efficiently. Key findings of the are listed to include: Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost ...

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Tanzania to host 6th Africa Water Week

John Magufuli

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) has announced that the sixth edition of its flagship water event, the Africa Water Week, will hold from the 18th to the 22nd of July 2016. The Africa Water Week, which represents a political commitment at the highest level for creating platform to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation ...

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