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Video: Women and rural water access

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Government initiative aimed at involving women in the protection of water facilities is likely to be frustrated, no thanks to socio-cultural factors wherein women are not to be seen in some communities in Nigeria.

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Tough choices for Ethiopia’s Boricha district amid water shortages

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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

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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

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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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Flood control: How Dutch use water to battle water

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Just as controlled fires are used to stop larger bush fires, researchers are embracing the use of water-laden components to make dams and control flooding. Flood-prone Netherlands, in the bid to adapt to its peculiar situation, is adopting alternatives to the traditional sandbags, which are being replaced by a range of innovative “waterbags” as flood defences. Courtesy of the Flood ...

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Concern over poor sanitation-induced high child mortality

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Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLF), a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called on national, state, and local governments to work towards increasing access to safe drinking water, and promotion of safe sanitation and hygiene practices in order to reduce high child mortality in Nigeria. The call comes as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s ...

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

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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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Water scarcity hits Lagos amid irregular power supply

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Water scarcity in parts of Lagos State is worsening, even as accusing fingers are being pointed in the direction of road construction works that affect underground water pipes, poor state of public water facilities, and irregular power supply. The consequences of these have left the masses with bitter experiences, as businesses that require water to operate continue to suffer huge ...

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Nigeria, Cameroon asked to dialogue over Benue River flow

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) based in Adamawa State in North East Nigeria have urged the Federal Government to dialogue with the Cameroonian government on how the two countries could mutually benefit from the River Benue. Rising from a three-day capacity building workshop that ended 22 April, the CSOs, in a communique, lamented that the construction of the Lagdo Dam on ...

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Photos: Amina J. Mohammed resumes as WSSCC chair

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Effective from April 2, Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria’s Environment Minister, became Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). The former Assistant-Secretary General and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Mohammed chairs the Steering Committee, while guiding the work of WSSCC’s Geneva-based Secretariat, its operations in 20 countries in Africa and Asia, and ...

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