According to him, this is part of moves to end open defecation in the country.
Igwe, who said that Nigeria was ranked number one in open defecation in the world said the government, development partners and NGOs alone could not solve the problem.
He said between 2016 and 2019, the Federal Government made several attempts to make the country open defecation free.
He said that these attempts include initiating P-WASH; bringing private sectors and government stakeholders together; declaration of state of emergency in water, sanitation and hygiene; and the eventual signing of Executive Order 009.
Igwe said: “In May this year, the president inaugurated 24-member committee as part of efforts to combat the issue of open defecation and water sanitation challenges.
“Based on the political will of the government, OPS–WASH went into partnership with the Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million diasporas Nigerians to adopt at least a toilet each in schools, markets, motor parks and other public places.
“What you are seeing here is a pilot project to show the Nigerians in the Diaspora the type of toilet and sanitation facility that meets the SDGs standard,’’ the national coordinator said.
He expressed dismay that “221, 000 Nigerians, out of which 87, 000 are children below five years, die yearly from gastroenteritis viruses and other related diseases.’’
The national coordinator, while calling on state governments to also provide list of projects they would want the body to intervene in and urged private sectors in the country to key into the project.
“We have four pillar projects we are engaging in this year which include water, N400 billion blue bond project and the industrial adoption project for strategic places,’’ he said.
Igwe, while inaugurating two toilet facilities at Migrant Farmer’s School, Obiofia in Nnewi for over 400 pupils, promised to fence the school and provide water to ensure proper sanitation.
In his remarks, the Project Coordinator of OPS–WASH, Dr Evans Ohaji, explained that the body was collaborating with LICEN Research Institute at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Univeristy (COOU) on the project.
Ohaji said the facility aimed to showcase what a VIP toilet should be in a bid to reduce open defecation in the bush, adding that there was inherent danger associated with environmental and water pollution.
“Behind the facility is a bio-digester and suck pit called Anaerobic Digestive System designed to eliminate the burden of treating waste.
“Anaerobic bacteria which acts on human faeces produces methane gas and water that flows to the suck pit and can remain like that for over 20 to 30 years without sucking it.
“If the beneficiaries of the facility have the wherewithal or technology to connect the gas to the kitchen for cooking or electricity, it can be done but for now, we sealed the pit up,’’ Ohaji explained.
On his part, Dr Chika Eneh, the Associate Prof. of Civil Engineering, COOU expressed confidence that based on researches and political will of the government, open defecation could end in the country by 2025.
Eneh said the models would be replicated across the country.
Responding, Mrs Bridget Onyedike, a 70-year old basket weaver, who benefited from the pilot toilet facility at Umubazu village, Uli in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state expressed happiness over the project.
Onyedike said she previously visited the bush to defecate because of the absence of toilet in the locality.
“But with this facility now, I have no other reason to bath or defecate anymore in the bush,’’ Onyedike, a mother of eight children said.
Onwuagba said the intervention had helped to ameliorate the plight of teachers and pupils who had no such facility since establishment of the school.
Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Grace Yussuf
Netflix announces new original contents from Nigeria
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet entertainment service, has announced new Nigerian original series in the pipeline plus three new Nigerian branded films licensed to Netflix.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .
The three anticipated Nigerian films by some of Nigeria’s prolific filmmakers – Mo Abudu, Kunle Afolayan and Kemi Adetiba – are set to premiere on Netflix.
They include Òlòtūré, the story of a young female journalist who goes undercover as a prostitute to expose a human trafficking syndicate.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Òlòtūré is part of Netflix’s partnership with Mo Abudu and her production company, Ebonylife.
It is directed by Kenneth Gyang, and is expected to launch globally on Oct. 2.
There is also “Citation”, directed by Kunle Afolayan and produced by Golden Effects Pictures, which will also launch globally on Nov. 6.
King of Boys II is the sequel to Kemi Adetiba’s 2018 crime thriller and which launches globally in the first half of 2021.
Amadasun says “these Netflix Original films demonstrate how we’re building a home for the best-in-class Nigerian content for our members in Nigeria and beyond.’’
Amadasun said that the Netflix Original films demonstrated how Netflix was building a home for the best-in-class Nigerian content for audiences in Nigeria and beyond.
“It is amazing to see how Nigerian films and series resonate with audiences around the world.
“ By making it easy for people to watch films and shows from other countries, we can help them build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dorothy Ghettuba, the Lead for African Originals at Netflix, said that the new series and films were at different stages of production while others were ready to premiere.
She said that Netflix was encouraged by abundant talents in the country to work with Nigerian content providers to produce original contents for global audience.
“Netflix is proud to continue to invest in more original content from Nigeria.
`We are also thrilled to grow our existing creative partnerships while forming new ones.
“They will join people like Mo Abudu, Kemi Adetiba and Kunle Afolayan to bring more Nigerian stories onto the service.
“We look forward to partnering with the Inkblot team to bring this exciting young adult series to life.
“They will join the growing slate of Nigerian content on the service and debut to 193 million members in 190 countries around the world,’’ she said.
NAN reports that Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
NCPC boss honours Bauchi, celebrates ‘Word Peace Day’ in the state
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, on Monday commended people of Bauchi state for living in peace regardless of their differences.
Speaking when he visited Gov. BalaMohammed, Pam said he was impressed by the peaceful atmosphere and had therefore decided to visit the state to celebrate the. ‘ World Peace Day’ there.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United Nations has designated Sept. 21 of every year as ‘World Peace Day’ aimed at strengthening the ideals of peace.
He said that considering the peaceful nature of Bauchi, others needed to emulate the people and the state governor , whom he said never discriminated against followers of any faith.
He described Gov Mohammed as a ‘pilgrims-friendly, Chief Executive considering his inclusiveness and generosity, especially his administration resilience and fairness in appointing Christians into positions.
In his remarks, the governor commended the Christian community in the state for maintaining peace, unity and brotherhood, which further promoted and consolidated the fraternal relationship between Christian and Moslems.
He expressed delight that the state had remained peaceful and stable, just as he commended the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) for being proactive.
The governor pledged to increase the number of slots for indigent Christians performing pilgrimage, from the initial 100.
Mohammed, who declined to disclose the number of increment in the seats, urged Christians to always pray for peace and stability of the state and Nigeria at large .
He said that he was highly delighted to receive the Secretary, expressing confidence that the commission would benefit from the dynamic leadership of Pam..
Edited By: Remi Koleoso
FG spends N8.9t on subsidy in 10 years -PPPRA
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says the Federal Government has spent a total of N8.94 trillion on oil subsidy between 2006 and 2015.
The agency disclosed this in a document on subsidy payment released in Abuja on Monday.
It said that the subsidy was paid to oil marketers and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the period under review.
A break down of the money indicated that in 2006 a total of N257.36 billion was paid, in 2007, N271.51 billion while in 2008 N630.57 billion was paid to marketers.
‘Also, oil marketers in 2009 were paid N409.31 billion and N667.08 billion in 2010 respectively as subsidy claims,” it said.
The document further revealed that in the year 2011, federal government paid a total of N2, 105.92 trillion an increase of N1,437.84trillion from 2010 payment.
The PPPRA in the document noted that in 2012, N1.35 trillion was paid as subsidy, the highest in the period under review.
“A total of N 1, 316.63 trillion in 2013, N1,217.35 trillion in 2014 and N653.51 billion in 2015 was paid as subsidy claims, “it added.
It noted that the NNPC since 2016 had being the sole importer of the product to the country.
It assured that subsequent releases would revealed the amount paid on subsidy before the deregulation of the downstream oil sector.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
NSCDC prevents thieves from diverting 1,100 litres of PMS across border
The Commandant of NSCDC, Lagos State, Mr Iskil Makinde, at the display of the exhibits in Lagos on Monday said that the thieves were arrested in their boat while they were carting away the product to Benin Republic from Badagary where it was siphoned.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Makinde assumed duty in Lagos on Aug. 24 following a posting order dated Aug. 17 from Commandant -General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammadu.
The Commandant said that the incident happened on Sept. 20 and that the products were stocked in polythene bags and kegs.
According to him at the parade, all attempts to stop the culprits initially proved abortive.
“ However, a hot pursuit by the NSCDC marine corps of the thieves made them abandoned the boat in which the products were loaded and jumped into the sea to escape,” he said.
Makinde said that other exhibits recovered at the scene include a wooden canoe which cracked in the course of bringing it to the shore.
“ Also recovered is a 740 HP Yamaha engine used to power the boat,” he said.
The commandant said that the corps would not condone any act of criminality in the state.
“The corps is also assuring the residents of Lagos State of peaceful environment as its personnel are set of ridding the state of all criminal elements,” he said
Edited By: Peter Dada