Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tag "Water"

    US lawmakers oppose Lagos water privatisation move

US lawmakers oppose Lagos water privatisation move

The ‘Our Water, Our Right Coalition’ has commended the decision of some members of the US Congress to oppose the water privatisation projects being embarked upon by the Lagos state government.The coalition had alerted the public about the government's plans to "privatise most of the state's water system".Twenty-three members of the Congressional Black caucus (CBC) and Congressional Progressive caucus (CPC) [...]

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    Sokoto’s Sonsonin Bancho: When water creates a future of hope

Sokoto’s Sonsonin Bancho: When water creates a future of hope

Development of rural communities has been a source of concern to governments and development agencies for more than a century. Experts are of the view that development will remain insignificant if it does not positively affect the lives of people at the grassroots level.Recognising this fact, various governments have implemented policies in rural areas in order to enhance the living [...]

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    Two billion people drinking water contaminated with faeces, says WHO

Two billion people drinking water contaminated with faeces, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday warned that two billion people are drinking water contaminated with faeces, which is estimated to cause more than 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.Maria Neira, director of department of public health, environment and social determinants of health in WHO, said in a statement that contaminated water puts people at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, [...]

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    3.5m people in north-east don’t have access to safe water

3.5m people in north-east don’t have access to safe water

In north-east Nigeria where Boko Haram insurgency has caused the damage of 75 percent of water and sanitation infrastructure, 3.8 million people have no access to safe water.UNICEF said this in a statement released on Tuesday, revealing that up to one third of the 700 health facilities in the hardest hit state of Borno have been completely destroyed with about [...]

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    I’m drilling 789 boreholes because water is essential to life, says Ganjude

I’m drilling 789 boreholes because water is essential to life, says Ganjude

Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor, says he is drilling 789 boreholes in remote villages because water is essential to life.He said this at the launch of the second phase of the project at Tsangaya in Albasu local government area of the state.The governor launched the Albasu township water supply project constructed at the cost of N69.1m, and which is expected [...]

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    Aregbesola takes fresh $65m loan from Islamic Devt Bank

Aregbesola takes fresh $65m loan from Islamic Devt Bank

Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun state, says his government has secured a $65 million loan from Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to be used to improve water supply in the state.The money would be used for the construction of water treatment plant, 17 kilometres transmission line from Kajola to Ilesa, booster pumping station and three water reservoirs on the hill.“The state [...]

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    UNICEF: Extreme water stress level keeping Nigerian children at risk

UNICEF: Extreme water stress level keeping Nigerian children at risk

Nigeria is currently facing extremely high levels of water stress, that will cause children to use unsafe water thereby exposing them to potentially deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhoea.This was made known in a report by UNICEF released on World Water Day and titled: Thirsting for a future: Water and children in a climate change, on the occasion of World Water [...]

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    HURRAY! Lagos backs down on law to criminalise fetching water

HURRAY! Lagos backs down on law to criminalise fetching water

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, and the state assembly have backed down on the law to criminalise fetching water from natural sources in Lagos state.Earlier, Lagos state house of assembly passed the Lagos Environment Bill with specific provisions to criminalise the abstraction of water from natural sources if conducted without the approval from the authorities.The UN, and the Environmental [...]

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    UN: Lagos shouldn’t criminalise fetching water

UN: Lagos shouldn’t criminalise fetching water

Léo Heller, the UN expert on the human rights to water and sanitation, has raised serious concerns about a recent bill in Lagos that criminalizes abstraction of water from natural sources - including boreholes.The special rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation said “when the state fails to provide adequate access to drinking water, no one should be [...]

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    ERA/FoEN: UN is right, govt must fund water sanitation in Lagos

ERA/FoEN: UN is right, govt must fund water sanitation in Lagos

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has commended the recent statement by Leo Heller, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation.Heller had initially described the 2017 budget proposal for the water sector in Lagos state as unacceptable. Akinwunmi Ambode, while presenting the 2017 budget to the Lagos House of Assembly said the state [...]

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    Water and sanitation ‘getting worse’ as population of Lagos increases

Water and sanitation ‘getting worse’ as population of Lagos increases

Leo Heller, UN human rights expert, has called for increased funding for water and sanitation in the 2017 budget of Lagos state.Heller explained that this is to address the needs of 21 million residents of the state.He said this after Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, presented the budget to the state house of assembly.Heller said while Nigeria’s largest city continues [...]

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    In the abundance of water, Lokoja is thirsty

In the abundance of water, Lokoja is thirsty

Damage to a major pipeline supplying water to Tank A at Ganaja Junction in Lokoja is causing scarcity of water to residents in Lokoja and environs.A statement by the Kogi ministry of water resources on Tuesday in Lokoja said the damage was on the pipeline from the Greater Lokoja Water Works connecting Tank A at the Ganaja Juncttion.The statement, signed by [...]

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    Polluted water, malnutrition… Why Nigeria is a breeding ground for child mortality

Polluted water, malnutrition… Why Nigeria is a breeding ground for child mortality

“I have two children, but one is dead. A month after I gave birth to him, he started having diarrhea, and then he had a fever. I took him to Gwagwa and he died there. He was sick for one month,” Habibatu Abubakar says.Habibatu lives in Bassan Jiwa community in Abuja. And in that community, there is hardly water to [...]

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    The long road to water: How Nigerian women bear the brunt of water scarcity

The long road to water: How Nigerian women bear the brunt of water scarcity

“It takes me one hour to go to the stream and come back. I feel headache and back pain”, Gloria Zakar, explains the tortuous journey to get water.She has to make the journey; there is no portable water in Kayache, a community in Kuje council area of Abuja. The only other alternative is the water from the borehole and that is [...]

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    Ambode asked to reject ‘toxic’ water scheme

Ambode asked to reject ‘toxic’ water scheme

The Environmental Rights Organisation/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, to publicly shun the public private partnership (PPP) water scheme "promoted" by the World Bank.In a statement, Akinbode Oluwafemi, ERA/FoEN's deputy director, described the world bank's privatisation initiative around the world as "toxic" and said access to water, a free gift of nature, is [...]

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    Naira on trial: 7 items whose prices have shot up

Naira on trial: 7 items whose prices have shot up

The hike in price of commodities is gradually making a section of the Nigerian populace lose hope in the government.With the naira trading at N370 against the dollar as of Monday and currently trading at N301 at parallel market, many Nigerians are lamenting the astronomical leap in price of staple foods and other commodities.You probably know  the cost of sachet water [...]

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September 24, 2018USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK360.45480.18420.32
LAGOS360485425
KANO361483423
PH362482423
ABUJA362481423
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