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How GWP, nations transformed Benin’s water sector

Global Water Partnership

A brand-new national water policy, an innovative water law and a foreign intervention running into millions of Euros now typify the hitherto sluggish water sector in Benin Republic. Courtesy of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the West African nation has developed an effective Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plan, which was facilitated by GWP Benin (the Country Water Partnership), with ...

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World Toilet Day and Nigeria’s sanitation challenges

Open defecation in Lagos

“We go to the stream, we don’t have water here, even toilets; we usually use the bush. A woman was bitten by a snake while defecating in the bush and another one was bitten when she went to pick firewood for cooking. “We want the government to help us, especially on these toilet and water issues. Some women urinate anywhere ...

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Group advocates holistic approach to sustainable water resource management

suleiman adamu kazaure

The Global Rights, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has described lack of access to potable water as “the greatest threat” to Nigeria’s security. It has thus called for a holistic approach to water resource management in the country. Ms Abiodun Baiyewu, Executive Director of Global Rights, made the assertion at a stakeholders’ engagement dialogue with the theme: “Contextualising Nigeria’s Resource Management in Mining and ...

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Ondo urged to reticulate water from Owena Dam

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

The Managing Director, Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority, Mr Salihu Ahmed, has urged Ondo Government to speed up processes to reticulate water from the completed Owena Multipurpose Dam for the benefit of the populace. Ahmed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that it was saddening to note that the completed dam, which has not the capacity of ...

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World Toilet Day: Lagos to effect policy on open defecation, urination

Babatunde Durosimi-Etti

As part of its World Toilet Day declaration, the Lagos State Government is finalising implementation plans concerning its Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy. Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, made this known during the celebration of the 2018 World Toilet Day in Lagos on Monday, November 19, 2018. The commissioner said that the policy (WASH) was envisaged to complement ...

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World Toilet Day: WaterAid calls for action amid worrisome report

Martina Ohaegbulem

Ahead of World Toilet Day on Monday, November 19, 2018 and following the recent declaration of a state of emergency in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, WaterAid Nigeria has called on the Nigerian government to commence action towards prioritising sanitation for all. This follows a new report showing that the education and health of millions of children is threatened ...

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Environmental health officers call for joint sensitisation, participation on proper hygiene

Health Officers

The Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) has called on the public to join hands in the sensitisation and participation of all to ensure proper hygiene. Dr Dominic Abonyi, the Registrar of the Council on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Abuja made the call during the inspection of some Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) within the FCT to ...

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Environmental health officers sensitise Nigerians on hygiene

Dei Dei community

The Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) has commenced campaign of sensitising Nigerians on the need to maintain good hygiene through the provision of safe toilets. The health officers of the council were sensitising Nigerians as part of the activities lined up to mark the 2018 World Toilet Day as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in ...

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Over 175m Nigerians live in unclean environments – Expert

Unclean environment

The National Coordinator, Clean-Up Nigeria (CUN), Prince Ene Owoh, says a recent performance indicator result shows that over 175 million Nigerians live in unclean environments. As a result, he called for increased funding on sanitation as well as improved working conditions for sanitary workers. Owoh made the disclosure on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Abuja during the presentation of the ...

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UNICEF convenes global meeting on open defecation

Anthony Lake

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is meeting with key players in sanitation, among other stakeholders in West Africa, to strengthen local sanitation markets, its Supply Director, Etleva Kadilli, said on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in a statement in Abuja. Kadilli stated that the meeting was part of efforts to support 250 million people globally to abandon open defecation. According to ...

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