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  •   Clashes between two factions of the Sudan Liberation Army Abdel Wahid SLA AW started on 19 November 2022 in the Umu and Arshin areas of Shamal Jabal Marrah locality Central Darfur State The fighting later spread to the villages of Daya Wara and Kia in the same locality An estimated 5 600 people reportedly fled their homes and have taken refuge in Sabanaga and Toga internally displaced persons IDP gathering sites and in Tartora Kumay and Jokosti villages in Wasat Jabal Marrah locality There are also reports of people fleeing Umu village to Deribat in neighbouring South Darfur State Community leaders report that 13 people have been killed 4 have been injured 12 are missing and 6 have been abducted All numbers have yet to be verified There are also reports that about 32 000 people lost access to their farms and crops due to the insecurity and that some farms have been burned Sabanga and Toga IDP gathering sites already host an estimated 16 000 IDPs who are now sharing their food shelters water sanitation and hygiene WASH and health services with the new IDPs The situation remains tense and unpredictable and there are reports of both parties mobilizing their forces for more conflict Government Security forces have been deployed to the affected areas which are currently inaccessible to humanitarians due to the insecurity Background An estimated 191 000 people live in Shamal Jabal Marrah locality and need humanitarian assistance according to the 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overview HNO About 57 000 people in Shamal Jabal Marrah will likely reach crisis and above levels of food insecurity between October 2022 and February 2023 according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification IPC report
    Sudan: Conflict in Shamal Jabal Marrah, Central Darfur
      Clashes between two factions of the Sudan Liberation Army Abdel Wahid SLA AW started on 19 November 2022 in the Umu and Arshin areas of Shamal Jabal Marrah locality Central Darfur State The fighting later spread to the villages of Daya Wara and Kia in the same locality An estimated 5 600 people reportedly fled their homes and have taken refuge in Sabanaga and Toga internally displaced persons IDP gathering sites and in Tartora Kumay and Jokosti villages in Wasat Jabal Marrah locality There are also reports of people fleeing Umu village to Deribat in neighbouring South Darfur State Community leaders report that 13 people have been killed 4 have been injured 12 are missing and 6 have been abducted All numbers have yet to be verified There are also reports that about 32 000 people lost access to their farms and crops due to the insecurity and that some farms have been burned Sabanga and Toga IDP gathering sites already host an estimated 16 000 IDPs who are now sharing their food shelters water sanitation and hygiene WASH and health services with the new IDPs The situation remains tense and unpredictable and there are reports of both parties mobilizing their forces for more conflict Government Security forces have been deployed to the affected areas which are currently inaccessible to humanitarians due to the insecurity Background An estimated 191 000 people live in Shamal Jabal Marrah locality and need humanitarian assistance according to the 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overview HNO About 57 000 people in Shamal Jabal Marrah will likely reach crisis and above levels of food insecurity between October 2022 and February 2023 according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification IPC report
    Sudan: Conflict in Shamal Jabal Marrah, Central Darfur
    Africa4 days ago

    Sudan: Conflict in Shamal Jabal Marrah, Central Darfur

    Clashes between two factions of the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdel Wahid (SLA/AW) started on 19 November 2022 in the Umu and Arshin areas of Shamal Jabal Marrah locality, Central Darfur State.

    The fighting later spread to the villages of Daya, Wara, and Kia in the same locality.

    An estimated 5,600 people reportedly fled their homes and have taken refuge in Sabanaga and Toga internally displaced persons (IDP) gathering sites and in Tartora, Kumay and Jokosti villages in Wasat Jabal Marrah locality.

    There are also reports of people fleeing Umu village to Deribat in neighbouring South Darfur State.

    Community leaders report that 13 people have been killed, 4 have been injured, 12 are missing, and 6 have been abducted.

    All numbers have yet to be verified.

    There are also reports that about 32,000 people lost access to their farms and crops due to the insecurity and that some farms have been burned.

    Sabanga and Toga IDP gathering sites already host an estimated 16,000 IDPs who are now sharing their food, shelters, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health services with the new IDPs.The situation remains tense and unpredictable and there are reports of both parties mobilizing their forces for more conflict.

    Government Security forces have been deployed to the affected areas, which are currently inaccessible to humanitarians due to the insecurity.

    BackgroundAn estimated 191,000 people live in Shamal Jabal Marrah locality and need humanitarian assistance, according to the 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO).

    About 57,000 people in Shamal Jabal Marrah will likely reach “crisis” and above levels of food insecurity between October 2022 and February 2023, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report

  •  The Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area LCDA Segun Odunmbaku has expressed excitement and commitment to the WaterAid Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH project supported by PepsiCO Foundation Odunmbaku gave the commitment in his goodwill message at the unveiling of the WASH improvement project for Ojodu Ikorodu North and Ikotun LCDA on Friday in Lagos The chairman said that he attended the unveiling of the project because of its importance and benefit to the Ojodu LCDA It is with great humility and immense responsibility for me to be present here today on behalf of the great people of Ojodu in appreciation to WaterAid Nigeria and its partnership with Ojodu LCDA This partnership has benefitted our community immensely regarding capacity building and high level engagements for better hygiene and sanitation which would improve the quality of our environment and the health of our people Odunmbaku said The chairman said that the partnership would not just provide amenities that would aid and improve the hygiene and sanitation in public places but would boost environmental health Odunmbaku said that this could be achieved through the provision of safe drinking water better sanitation and quality hygiene crucial to human health and wellbeing He added that it would help to create more resilient communities We have seven public primary schools with 7 000 pupils and six junior high schools and artisans in our markets and trade centres like mechanic villages plank market and others who stand to benefit from the interventions The project will also help in upgrading the quality of life and promote access to adequate primary education and health in our institutions while ensuring dignity and safety of convenience for our people in public spaces Especially women and children through the provision of sanitation amenities that would safeguard the wellbeing of our people communities and environment for sustainable development We are excited about WaterAid Nigeria s new project supported by PepsiCO Foundation We look forward to working in close collaboration with the private sector academia civil society organisations and the international community to improve systems and practices that fulfill our people s right to water and sanitation Odunmbaku said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos council expresses excitement, commitment to WaterAid hygiene project
     The Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area LCDA Segun Odunmbaku has expressed excitement and commitment to the WaterAid Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH project supported by PepsiCO Foundation Odunmbaku gave the commitment in his goodwill message at the unveiling of the WASH improvement project for Ojodu Ikorodu North and Ikotun LCDA on Friday in Lagos The chairman said that he attended the unveiling of the project because of its importance and benefit to the Ojodu LCDA It is with great humility and immense responsibility for me to be present here today on behalf of the great people of Ojodu in appreciation to WaterAid Nigeria and its partnership with Ojodu LCDA This partnership has benefitted our community immensely regarding capacity building and high level engagements for better hygiene and sanitation which would improve the quality of our environment and the health of our people Odunmbaku said The chairman said that the partnership would not just provide amenities that would aid and improve the hygiene and sanitation in public places but would boost environmental health Odunmbaku said that this could be achieved through the provision of safe drinking water better sanitation and quality hygiene crucial to human health and wellbeing He added that it would help to create more resilient communities We have seven public primary schools with 7 000 pupils and six junior high schools and artisans in our markets and trade centres like mechanic villages plank market and others who stand to benefit from the interventions The project will also help in upgrading the quality of life and promote access to adequate primary education and health in our institutions while ensuring dignity and safety of convenience for our people in public spaces Especially women and children through the provision of sanitation amenities that would safeguard the wellbeing of our people communities and environment for sustainable development We are excited about WaterAid Nigeria s new project supported by PepsiCO Foundation We look forward to working in close collaboration with the private sector academia civil society organisations and the international community to improve systems and practices that fulfill our people s right to water and sanitation Odunmbaku said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos council expresses excitement, commitment to WaterAid hygiene project
    Environment3 weeks ago

    Lagos council expresses excitement, commitment to WaterAid hygiene project

    The Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Segun Odunmbaku, has expressed excitement and commitment to the WaterAid Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project supported by PepsiCO Foundation.

    Odunmbaku gave the commitment in his goodwill message at the unveiling of the WASH improvement project for Ojodu, Ikorodu North and Ikotun LCDA on Friday in Lagos.

    The chairman said that he attended the unveiling of the project because of its importance and benefit to the Ojodu LCDA.

    “It is with great humility and immense responsibility for me to be present here today on behalf of the great people of Ojodu in appreciation to WaterAid Nigeria and its partnership with Ojodu LCDA.

    “This partnership has benefitted our community immensely regarding capacity building and high level engagements for better hygiene and sanitation which would improve the quality of our environment and the health of our people,” Odunmbaku said.

    The chairman said that the partnership would not just provide amenities that would aid and improve the hygiene and sanitation in public places, but would boost environmental health.

    Odunmbaku said that this could be achieved through the provision of safe drinking water, better sanitation and quality hygiene crucial to human health and wellbeing.

    He added that it would help to create more resilient communities.

    “We have seven public primary schools with 7,000 pupils and six junior high schools and artisans in our markets and trade centres like mechanic villages, plank market and others who stand to benefit from the interventions.

    “The project will also help in upgrading the quality of life and promote access to adequate primary education and health in our institutions while ensuring dignity and safety of convenience for our people in public spaces.

    “Especially women and children through the provision of sanitation amenities that would safeguard the wellbeing of our people; communities and environment for sustainable development.

    “We are excited about WaterAid Nigeria’s new project supported by PepsiCO Foundation.

    “We look forward to working in close collaboration with the private sector, academia, civil society organisations, and the international community to improve systems and practices that fulfill our people’s right to water and sanitation,” Odunmbaku said.


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  •  WaterAid Nigeria says that its Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH improvement project will benefit about 173 000 people living in Ikorodu North Ojodu and Ikotun Local Council Development Areas LCDAs in Lagos State Evelyn Mere Country Director WaterAid Nigeria said this on Friday in Lagos while delivering a keynote speech at the official unveiling of the WASH improvement project in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the project is executed by WaterAid in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources with the support of PepsiCo Foundation and the leadership of the LCDAs It seeks to improve the lives of about 173 000 people including men women and children with sustainable access to adequate water sanitation and hygiene These cut across five communities in select rural and peri urban communities in Lagos State The project will also focus on rehabilitating selected water scheme sand providing inclusive sanitation facilities located within public places such as markets schools and healthcare centres Mere said The country director noted that lack of access to safely managed water sanitation and hygiene services impacts negatively on health exposing people to infectious diseases such as diarrhea She said that 90 per cent of diarrhea cases were linked to unsafe water poor sanitation and hygiene Women sanitation and hygiene are human rights and essential basic services that serve as a foundation for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and promoting human dignity According to the 2021 WASHNORM statistics 55 per cent of households in Lagos state have access to safely managed water supply services Only 15 per cent have access to safely managed sanitation services and only 35 per cent of people have access to hygiene services Mere said She said that women and girls were largely affected by the lack of access to these lifesaving services as they expend huge amounts of time and money in search of these services Mere said that the need for these services make the female gender to particularly look for water to the detriment of their businesses and education She said that due to the importance of the project it would be implemented by setting up community structures to ensure their sustainability We will also be carrying out hygiene promotion in communities targeted at women and implement capacity building and economic empowerment programmes for them This project will be implemented over a three year period as a win win situation to all partners It fits perfectly into the health and environment pillar of the Lagos State T H E M E S agenda as well as the Water and Sanitation Focus Area of the recently launched Lagos State Development Plan 2022 2052 It also aligns with PepsiCo s goal of strengthening WASH access in communities near PepsiCo operations The project also clearly reflects WaterAid strategic aim of universal access to WASH which underlines why we are focusing on LCDAs where we already have ongoing interventions Mere said She expressed gratitude for prioritising WASH in their Corporate Social Responsibility commitments and appreciated the Lagos State Government and the LCDAs for being receptive and open to the partnership Speaking for Pepsico Foundation Mr Gbenga Akinsanya Human Resources Manager said that the foundation s net water positive strategy is to provide water for 100 million people by 2030 We are already halfway to our goal Akinsanya Akinsanya said that the foundation has helped more than 68 million people have access to safe water through distribution purification and conservation programmes putting us more than halfway to our goal Since we started this work in 2007 PepsiCo has invested more than 53 million in safe water access programmes catalysing nearly 700 million in additional funding from other donors These investments have positive impacts on peoples lives by improving living conditions by bringing clean water access closer to home and promoting water saving agricultural technologies Akinsanya said NAN reports that highlight of the event was the unveiling of the project by Mr Nurudeen Shodeinde the Permanent Secretary Lagos State Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources The WASH Improvement project will be executed at a cost of one million dollars grant from PepsiCo Foundation com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    173,000 to benefit from WaterAid, PepsiCO WASH project
     WaterAid Nigeria says that its Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH improvement project will benefit about 173 000 people living in Ikorodu North Ojodu and Ikotun Local Council Development Areas LCDAs in Lagos State Evelyn Mere Country Director WaterAid Nigeria said this on Friday in Lagos while delivering a keynote speech at the official unveiling of the WASH improvement project in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the project is executed by WaterAid in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources with the support of PepsiCo Foundation and the leadership of the LCDAs It seeks to improve the lives of about 173 000 people including men women and children with sustainable access to adequate water sanitation and hygiene These cut across five communities in select rural and peri urban communities in Lagos State The project will also focus on rehabilitating selected water scheme sand providing inclusive sanitation facilities located within public places such as markets schools and healthcare centres Mere said The country director noted that lack of access to safely managed water sanitation and hygiene services impacts negatively on health exposing people to infectious diseases such as diarrhea She said that 90 per cent of diarrhea cases were linked to unsafe water poor sanitation and hygiene Women sanitation and hygiene are human rights and essential basic services that serve as a foundation for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and promoting human dignity According to the 2021 WASHNORM statistics 55 per cent of households in Lagos state have access to safely managed water supply services Only 15 per cent have access to safely managed sanitation services and only 35 per cent of people have access to hygiene services Mere said She said that women and girls were largely affected by the lack of access to these lifesaving services as they expend huge amounts of time and money in search of these services Mere said that the need for these services make the female gender to particularly look for water to the detriment of their businesses and education She said that due to the importance of the project it would be implemented by setting up community structures to ensure their sustainability We will also be carrying out hygiene promotion in communities targeted at women and implement capacity building and economic empowerment programmes for them This project will be implemented over a three year period as a win win situation to all partners It fits perfectly into the health and environment pillar of the Lagos State T H E M E S agenda as well as the Water and Sanitation Focus Area of the recently launched Lagos State Development Plan 2022 2052 It also aligns with PepsiCo s goal of strengthening WASH access in communities near PepsiCo operations The project also clearly reflects WaterAid strategic aim of universal access to WASH which underlines why we are focusing on LCDAs where we already have ongoing interventions Mere said She expressed gratitude for prioritising WASH in their Corporate Social Responsibility commitments and appreciated the Lagos State Government and the LCDAs for being receptive and open to the partnership Speaking for Pepsico Foundation Mr Gbenga Akinsanya Human Resources Manager said that the foundation s net water positive strategy is to provide water for 100 million people by 2030 We are already halfway to our goal Akinsanya Akinsanya said that the foundation has helped more than 68 million people have access to safe water through distribution purification and conservation programmes putting us more than halfway to our goal Since we started this work in 2007 PepsiCo has invested more than 53 million in safe water access programmes catalysing nearly 700 million in additional funding from other donors These investments have positive impacts on peoples lives by improving living conditions by bringing clean water access closer to home and promoting water saving agricultural technologies Akinsanya said NAN reports that highlight of the event was the unveiling of the project by Mr Nurudeen Shodeinde the Permanent Secretary Lagos State Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources The WASH Improvement project will be executed at a cost of one million dollars grant from PepsiCo Foundation com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    173,000 to benefit from WaterAid, PepsiCO WASH project
    Environment3 weeks ago

    173,000 to benefit from WaterAid, PepsiCO WASH project

    WaterAid Nigeria says that its Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) improvement project will benefit about 173,000 people living in Ikorodu North, Ojodu and Ikotun Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State.

    Evelyn Mere, Country Director, WaterAid, Nigeria, said this on Friday in Lagos while delivering a keynote speech  at the official unveiling of the WASH improvement project in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the project is executed by WaterAid in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources with the support of PepsiCo Foundation and the leadership of the LCDAs. “It seeks to improve the lives of about 173,000 people, including men, women, and children with sustainable access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.

    “These cut across five communities in select rural and peri-urban communities in Lagos State.

    “The project will also focus on rehabilitating selected water scheme sand providing inclusive sanitation facilities located within public places such as markets, schools and healthcare centres,” Mere said.

    The country director noted that lack of access to safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services impacts negatively on health, exposing people to infectious diseases such as diarrhea.

    She said that 90 per cent of diarrhea cases were linked to unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene.

    “Women, sanitation and hygiene are human rights and essential basic services that serve as a foundation for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and promoting human dignity.

    “According to the 2021 WASHNORM statistics, 55 per cent of households in Lagos state have access to safely managed water supply services.

    “Only 15 per cent have access to safely managed sanitation services, and only 35 per cent of people have access to hygiene services,” Mere said.

    She said that women and girls were largely affected by the lack of access to these lifesaving services as they expend huge amounts of time and money in search of these services.

    Mere said that the need for these services make the female gender to particularly look for water to the detriment of their businesses and education.

    She said that due to the importance of the project, it would be implemented by setting up community structures to ensure their sustainability.

    “We will also be carrying out hygiene promotion in communities targeted at women and implement capacity building and economic empowerment programmes for them.

    “This project will be implemented over a three-year period as a win-win situation to all partners.

    “It fits perfectly into the health and environment pillar of the Lagos State T.

    H.E.M.E.S. agenda, as well as the Water and Sanitation Focus Area of the recently launched Lagos State Development Plan 2022-2052. “It also aligns with PepsiCo’s goal of strengthening WASH access in communities near PepsiCo operations.

    “The project also clearly reflects WaterAid strategic aim of universal access to WASH, which underlines why we are focusing on LCDAs where we already have ongoing interventions,” Mere said.

    She expressed gratitude for prioritising WASH in their Corporate Social Responsibility commitments and appreciated the Lagos State Government and the LCDAs for being receptive and open to the partnership.

    Speaking for Pepsico Foundation, Mr Gbenga Akinsanya, Human Resources Manager, said that the foundation’s net water positive strategy is to provide water for 100 million people by 2030. “We are already halfway to our goal,” Akinsanya.

    Akinsanya said that the foundation has helped more than 68 million people have access to safe water through distribution, purification and conservation programmes, “putting us more than halfway to our goal.

    ” “Since we started this work in 2007, PepsiCo has invested more than $53 million in safe water access programmes catalysing nearly  $700 million in additional funding from other donors.

    “These investments have positive impacts on peoples’ lives by improving living conditions by bringing clean water access closer to home and promoting water saving agricultural technologies,” Akinsanya said.

    NAN reports that highlight of the event was the unveiling of the project by Mr Nurudeen Shodeinde, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources.

    The WASH Improvement project will be executed at a cost of one million dollars grant from PepsiCo Foundation.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
     The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
    Environment4 weeks ago

    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme

    The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Kaduna RUWASSA) has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programmes.

    The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (P-WASH) programme in the state.

    The National Programme Coordinator, P-WASH, Mrs Jummai Wakaso, stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project.

    Wakaso, who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar, Chief Water Engineer of the programme, explained that P-WASH was a 15-year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene.

    She explained that the national multi-sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6.1 and 6.2. She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas.

    The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities.

    “The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government, where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme.

    “The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation, upgrade, and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas.

    “After the pilot, the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme.

    According to her, the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders’ inputs.

    Also speaking, the P-WASH Communication Consultant, Mr Umar Bari, said that improved relationships among RUWASSA, CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state.

    Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities.

    “This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub-sector, to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs. “We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme; there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector.

    “There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme,” he said.

    Mr Haliru Birninyero, Deputy Director Sanitation, Kaduna RUWASSA), said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia, adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs. On his part, Rev. Kuzasuwat Peter, State Coordinator, Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) welcomed the development, describing partnership with stakeholders as “key” to the success of the programme.

    Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved.

    Also, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, Executive Director, AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Jigawa based Non Governmental Organisation Baba Azimi Foundation BAF has trained 60 sanitary inspectors on Cholera prevention in three local government areas of the state The Executive Director of the Foundation Ms A isha Sulaiman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Thursday that the sanitary inspectors were drawn from Gwiwa Miga and Kaugama LGAs She said the Foundation conducted the exercise in collaboration with Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH Departments of the participating councils and ActionAid Nigeria AAN According to her the gesture is part of proactive measures to prevent cholera outbreak due to flooding adding that 20 participants had been trained in each of the councils She said the sanitary inspectors had been deployed to their communities to step down the training noting that an estimated 20 000 households would be train on water and hygiene best practices There is the anticipation of cholera outbreak due to ravaging flood hence the need for the training We felt that there is the need for the people to be train on how to protect themselves from the disease So immediately after the training the sanitary officers have been activated in communities across the benefiting LGAs she said RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cholera: Foundation trains 60 sanitary inspectors in Jigawa
     A Jigawa based Non Governmental Organisation Baba Azimi Foundation BAF has trained 60 sanitary inspectors on Cholera prevention in three local government areas of the state The Executive Director of the Foundation Ms A isha Sulaiman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Thursday that the sanitary inspectors were drawn from Gwiwa Miga and Kaugama LGAs She said the Foundation conducted the exercise in collaboration with Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH Departments of the participating councils and ActionAid Nigeria AAN According to her the gesture is part of proactive measures to prevent cholera outbreak due to flooding adding that 20 participants had been trained in each of the councils She said the sanitary inspectors had been deployed to their communities to step down the training noting that an estimated 20 000 households would be train on water and hygiene best practices There is the anticipation of cholera outbreak due to ravaging flood hence the need for the training We felt that there is the need for the people to be train on how to protect themselves from the disease So immediately after the training the sanitary officers have been activated in communities across the benefiting LGAs she said RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cholera: Foundation trains 60 sanitary inspectors in Jigawa
    Environment4 weeks ago

    Cholera: Foundation trains 60 sanitary inspectors in Jigawa

    A Jigawa based Non-Governmental Organisation, Baba Azimi Foundation (BAF) has trained 60 sanitary inspectors on Cholera prevention in three local government areas of the state.

    The Executive Director of the Foundation, Ms A’isha Sulaiman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Thursday, that the sanitary inspectors were drawn from Gwiwa, Miga and Kaugama LGAs. She said the Foundation conducted the exercise in collaboration with Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Departments of the participating councils and ActionAid Nigeria (AAN).

    According to her, the gesture is part of proactive measures to prevent cholera outbreak due to flooding, adding that 20 participants had been trained in each of the councils.

    She said the sanitary inspectors had been deployed to their communities to step down the training, noting that an estimated 20,000 households would be train on water and hygiene best practices.

    “There is the anticipation of cholera outbreak due to ravaging flood hence the need for the training.

    “We felt that there is the need for the people to be train on how to protect themselves from the disease.

    So, immediately after the training, the sanitary officers have been activated in communities across the benefiting LGAs,” she said.

    RSA
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  •  A non profit organisation Connected Development CODE has decried the poor state of Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in the country and says they need urgent attention The State Lead of the project in Kano State Mr Abass Adamu relayed CODE s position at Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State on Tuesday at the presentation of Primary HealthCare Centres 2022 Adamu explained that the survey was conducted through the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project which was devoted to ensuring transparency and accountability in government spending in Africa He said the surveys were conducted in 783 healthcare centres across the federation where it was discovered that the PHCs were operating below standard He said that data collected were analysed based on some thematic areas that include Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH infrastructure personnel service delivery and COVID 19 vaccine administration Adamu noted that 297 PHCs out of the 783 PHCs visited were not connected to the national grid for power He added that about 137 of them did not have alternative sources like solar or other means but relied on kerosene lamps and torchlights According to him only 64 per cent of the PHC s visited had access to water two of every 10 of them with access to water used wells while majority had boreholes The 264 PHCs of the 783 PHCs visited also did not have separate toilets for male and female Out of the 783 PHCs visited 355 PHCs did not have pharmaceutical fridges for storage of COVID 19 vaccines while 3 per cent of the fridges in those that have are not functional Of the 783 PHCs visited 44 per cent did not have Ward Development Committees while about 60 per cent of them have lists of vulnerable population he lamented CODE urged governments at all levels to do everything possible to bridge the deficit gap in terms of staffing manpower development water and electricity Some of the participants at the presentation commended the organisation for its efforts at creating awareness They noted that the tracking of governments spending would bring about transparency and accountability They also noted that transparency would bring about development to the grassroots particularly in the provision of basic amenities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO decries poor state of Public Healthcare Centres
     A non profit organisation Connected Development CODE has decried the poor state of Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in the country and says they need urgent attention The State Lead of the project in Kano State Mr Abass Adamu relayed CODE s position at Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State on Tuesday at the presentation of Primary HealthCare Centres 2022 Adamu explained that the survey was conducted through the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project which was devoted to ensuring transparency and accountability in government spending in Africa He said the surveys were conducted in 783 healthcare centres across the federation where it was discovered that the PHCs were operating below standard He said that data collected were analysed based on some thematic areas that include Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH infrastructure personnel service delivery and COVID 19 vaccine administration Adamu noted that 297 PHCs out of the 783 PHCs visited were not connected to the national grid for power He added that about 137 of them did not have alternative sources like solar or other means but relied on kerosene lamps and torchlights According to him only 64 per cent of the PHC s visited had access to water two of every 10 of them with access to water used wells while majority had boreholes The 264 PHCs of the 783 PHCs visited also did not have separate toilets for male and female Out of the 783 PHCs visited 355 PHCs did not have pharmaceutical fridges for storage of COVID 19 vaccines while 3 per cent of the fridges in those that have are not functional Of the 783 PHCs visited 44 per cent did not have Ward Development Committees while about 60 per cent of them have lists of vulnerable population he lamented CODE urged governments at all levels to do everything possible to bridge the deficit gap in terms of staffing manpower development water and electricity Some of the participants at the presentation commended the organisation for its efforts at creating awareness They noted that the tracking of governments spending would bring about transparency and accountability They also noted that transparency would bring about development to the grassroots particularly in the provision of basic amenities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO decries poor state of Public Healthcare Centres
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    NGO decries poor state of Public Healthcare Centres

    A non-profit organisation, Connected Development (CODE), has decried the poor state of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the country and says they need urgent attention.

    The State Lead of the project in Kano State, Mr Abass Adamu, relayed CODE’s position at Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State on Tuesday at the presentation of Primary HealthCare Centres 2022 .

    Adamu explained that the survey was conducted through the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project, which was devoted to ensuring transparency and accountability in government spending in Africa.

    He said the surveys were conducted in 783 healthcare centres across the federation, where it was discovered that the PHCs were operating below standard.

    He said that data collected were analysed based on some thematic areas that include: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, personnel, service delivery and COVID-19 vaccine administration.

    Adamu noted that 297 PHCs out of the 783 PHCs visited were not connected to the national grid, for power.

    He added that about 137 of them did not have alternative sources like solar or other means, but relied on kerosene lamps and torchlights.

    According to him, only 64 per cent of the PHC’s visited had access to water; two of every 10 of them with access to water used wells, while majority had boreholes.

    The 264 PHCs of the 783 PHCs visited also did not have separate toilets for male and female.

    “Out of the 783 PHCs visited, 355 PHCs did not have pharmaceutical fridges for storage of COVID-19 vaccines, while 3 per cent of the fridges in those that have are not functional.

    “Of the 783 PHCs visited, 44 per cent did not have Ward Development Committees, while about 60 per cent of them have lists of vulnerable population,’’ he lamented.

    CODE urged governments at all levels to do everything possible to bridge the deficit gap in terms of staffing, manpower development, water and electricity.

    Some of the participants at the presentation commended the organisation for its efforts at creating awareness.

    They noted that the tracking of governments’ spending would bring about transparency and accountability.

    They also noted that transparency would bring about development to the grassroots, particularly in the provision of basic amenities.


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  •  A Pan African Nongovernmental Organisation Connected Development CODE is to mobilise communities to support the Kaduna State Government to improve service delivery in health facilities CODE Team Lead in the state Mr Abubakar Mohammed made this known during a town hall meeting with community members of Unguwan Kaduna metropolis Mohammed said that the goal was to involve community members on improving primary healthcare services across the 23 local government areas of the state He said that community mobilisation was under the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP to generates information on how COVID 19 funds were being used by governments According to him the information generated from tracking activities are being used to advocate to government and relevant stakeholders for social accountability and change The goal is to improve infrastructural development in health centres personnel Water Sanitation and Hygiene service delivery and COVID 19 vaccines administration across all health facilities He said that CODE was working to improve public governance in Nigeria and across Africa by empowering marginalised communities to demand high levels of accountability and transparency from the government He said that the CSO through the Community Monitoring Teams has tracked 24 health facilities in six local government areas of the state to assess the functionalities of the PHCs based on the aforementioned key indicators On infrastructure he said 17 out of the 24 facilities tracked have electricity supply only six have ambulances representing 25 per cent while 13 of the 24 PHCs have detached buildings On vaccine storage the tracking report shows that 18 of the 24 facilities have a fridge 19 have temperature logs and only eight have a cooling van with a total of 234 065 vaccines administered For service delivery 92 per cent of the 24 facilities provide antenatal care services 54 per cent have delivery rooms 88 per cent maternity rooms 92 per cent have Ward Development Communities WDC Also 96 per cent have laboratories while 88 per cent have an in patient ward he said Mohammed also said 38 per cent of the 24 facilities have medical officers 63 per cent have community health officers 67 per cent have pharmacy technicians He added that only 13 per cent of the 24 facilities have the required number of nurses and midwives only 29 per cent have health attendants while none of the facilities have junior community health extension workers On WASH 83 per cent have separate toilets for male and females 54 per cent have visible signposts and 88 per cent have access to water Similarly 97 per cent of the facilities have colour coded waste bins while 88 per cent have waste collection points and only 50 per cent have incinerators he said Responding the Village Head of Unguwan Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim thanked CODE for mobilising community members to support the improvement of service delivery in health centres Ibrahim pledged the support of the traditional leaders in mobilising the needed resources and advocacies to government agencies to address the gaps in service delivery in the health facilities in the community Earlier the Ward Development Committee Chairman of the community Mr Garba Mohammed who equally thanked CODE for the support said that the data would support evidence based advocacy to relevant stakeholders NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO mobilises Kaduna communities for improved service delivery in healthcare centres
     A Pan African Nongovernmental Organisation Connected Development CODE is to mobilise communities to support the Kaduna State Government to improve service delivery in health facilities CODE Team Lead in the state Mr Abubakar Mohammed made this known during a town hall meeting with community members of Unguwan Kaduna metropolis Mohammed said that the goal was to involve community members on improving primary healthcare services across the 23 local government areas of the state He said that community mobilisation was under the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP to generates information on how COVID 19 funds were being used by governments According to him the information generated from tracking activities are being used to advocate to government and relevant stakeholders for social accountability and change The goal is to improve infrastructural development in health centres personnel Water Sanitation and Hygiene service delivery and COVID 19 vaccines administration across all health facilities He said that CODE was working to improve public governance in Nigeria and across Africa by empowering marginalised communities to demand high levels of accountability and transparency from the government He said that the CSO through the Community Monitoring Teams has tracked 24 health facilities in six local government areas of the state to assess the functionalities of the PHCs based on the aforementioned key indicators On infrastructure he said 17 out of the 24 facilities tracked have electricity supply only six have ambulances representing 25 per cent while 13 of the 24 PHCs have detached buildings On vaccine storage the tracking report shows that 18 of the 24 facilities have a fridge 19 have temperature logs and only eight have a cooling van with a total of 234 065 vaccines administered For service delivery 92 per cent of the 24 facilities provide antenatal care services 54 per cent have delivery rooms 88 per cent maternity rooms 92 per cent have Ward Development Communities WDC Also 96 per cent have laboratories while 88 per cent have an in patient ward he said Mohammed also said 38 per cent of the 24 facilities have medical officers 63 per cent have community health officers 67 per cent have pharmacy technicians He added that only 13 per cent of the 24 facilities have the required number of nurses and midwives only 29 per cent have health attendants while none of the facilities have junior community health extension workers On WASH 83 per cent have separate toilets for male and females 54 per cent have visible signposts and 88 per cent have access to water Similarly 97 per cent of the facilities have colour coded waste bins while 88 per cent have waste collection points and only 50 per cent have incinerators he said Responding the Village Head of Unguwan Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim thanked CODE for mobilising community members to support the improvement of service delivery in health centres Ibrahim pledged the support of the traditional leaders in mobilising the needed resources and advocacies to government agencies to address the gaps in service delivery in the health facilities in the community Earlier the Ward Development Committee Chairman of the community Mr Garba Mohammed who equally thanked CODE for the support said that the data would support evidence based advocacy to relevant stakeholders NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO mobilises Kaduna communities for improved service delivery in healthcare centres
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    CSO mobilises Kaduna communities for improved service delivery in healthcare centres

    A Pan-African Nongovernmental Organisation, Connected Development (CODE) is to mobilise  communities to support the Kaduna State Government to improve service delivery in health facilities.

    CODE Team Lead in the state, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, made this known during a town hall meeting with community members of Unguwan , Kaduna metropolis.

    Mohammed said that the goal was to involve community members on improving primary healthcare services across the 23 local government areas of the state.

    He said that community mobilisation was under the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP) to generates information on how COVID-19 funds were being used by governments.

    According to him, the information generated from tracking activities are being used to advocate to government and relevant stakeholders for social accountability and change.

    “The goal is to improve infrastructural development in health centres, personnel, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, service delivery and COVID-19 vaccines administration, across all health facilities.

    ” He said that CODE was working to improve public governance in Nigeria and across Africa by empowering marginalised communities to demand high levels of accountability and transparency from the government.

    He said that the CSO, through the Community Monitoring Teams, has tracked 24 health facilities in six local government areas of the state to assess the functionalities of the PHCs based on the aforementioned key indicators.

    On infrastructure, he said, 17 out of the 24 facilities tracked have electricity supply; only six have ambulances representing 25 per cent, while 13 of the 24 PHCs have detached buildings.

    “On vaccine storage, the tracking report shows that 18 of the 24 facilities have a fridge, 19 have temperature logs, and only eight have a cooling van, with a total of 234,065 vaccines administered.

    “For service delivery, 92 per cent of the 24 facilities provide antenatal care services, 54 per cent have delivery rooms, 88 per cent maternity rooms, 92 per cent have Ward Development Communities (WDC).

    “Also, 96 per cent have laboratories while 88 per cent have an in-patient ward,” he said.

    Mohammed also said 38 per cent of the 24 facilities have medical officers, 63 per cent have community health officers, 67 per cent have pharmacy technicians.

    He added that only 13 per cent of the 24 facilities have the required number of nurses and midwives, only 29 per cent have health attendants, while none of the facilities have junior community health extension workers.

    “On WASH, 83 per cent have separate toilets for male and females, 54 per cent have visible signposts, and 88 per cent have access to water.

    “Similarly, 97 per cent of the facilities have colour coded waste bins while 88 per cent have waste collection points and only 50 per cent have incinerators,” he said.

    Responding, the Village Head of Unguwan , Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim thanked CODE for mobilising community members to support the improvement of service delivery in health centres.

    Ibrahim pledged the support of the traditional leaders in mobilising the needed resources and advocacies to government agencies to address the gaps in service delivery in the health facilities in the community.

    Earlier, the Ward Development Committee Chairman of the community, Mr Garba Mohammed, who equally thanked CODE for the support said that the data would support evidence-based advocacy to relevant stakeholders.


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  •   Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation By Tosin Kolade News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam a community in Dugabau Ward Kabo Local Government in Kano State by laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5 000 fine as a deterrent for others On a visit to the community one would observe the presence of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee WASHCOM members They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets to monitoring usage this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation In Maikalwa Yanma a community under Nai bawa ward Kumbotso LGA Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF supported Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programme many communities have imbibed hygiene practices Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly fitted drop hole covers This he said has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths especially among under five children Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule There is a very big impact let us take the previous year In the previous year there was not much rainfall and the high rate of sickness was pronounced In comparison with this year the rainfall is high much rainfall but the rate of sickness is very low considering the sensitisation the knowledge of the hygiene programme he said Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 47 million The practice has had a negative effect on the populace especially children in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country s failure to meet the MDG target The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation This initiative tagged Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025 A National Roadmap was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria In 2016 the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places Community Led Total Sanitation promotional and media campaigns creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism At the same time many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation For this reason the Director FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency RUWASSA Dr Mohammed Dan Hassan said it was constructing 10 000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory Dan Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT He explained that in actualisation of the president s directives the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025 The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors only 10 toilets had been built so far with work ongoing at 65 other sites Dan Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges However many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat Also with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges Mr Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organisation WTO while making the announcement said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque Chief Executive Officer Sanitation and Water for All SWA pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria for prioritising Water Sanitation and Hygiene adding that Nigeria s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government While progress has been hampered by COVID 19 their resolve to tackle open defecation improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent she said Dr Nicholas Igwe National Coordinator Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household Igwe said that the measure was a multi stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment We the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household he said The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free ODF Campaign was launched in November 2019 and was aimed at mobilising high level political support resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country Adamu said Nevertheless some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost effective manner They said having an enabling environment leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation free target They added that working together with communities civil society development agencies private sector and government at sub national levels is crucial s If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation
      Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation By Tosin Kolade News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam a community in Dugabau Ward Kabo Local Government in Kano State by laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5 000 fine as a deterrent for others On a visit to the community one would observe the presence of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee WASHCOM members They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets to monitoring usage this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation In Maikalwa Yanma a community under Nai bawa ward Kumbotso LGA Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF supported Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programme many communities have imbibed hygiene practices Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly fitted drop hole covers This he said has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths especially among under five children Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule There is a very big impact let us take the previous year In the previous year there was not much rainfall and the high rate of sickness was pronounced In comparison with this year the rainfall is high much rainfall but the rate of sickness is very low considering the sensitisation the knowledge of the hygiene programme he said Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 47 million The practice has had a negative effect on the populace especially children in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country s failure to meet the MDG target The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation This initiative tagged Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025 A National Roadmap was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria In 2016 the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places Community Led Total Sanitation promotional and media campaigns creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism At the same time many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation For this reason the Director FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency RUWASSA Dr Mohammed Dan Hassan said it was constructing 10 000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory Dan Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT He explained that in actualisation of the president s directives the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025 The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors only 10 toilets had been built so far with work ongoing at 65 other sites Dan Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges However many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat Also with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges Mr Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organisation WTO while making the announcement said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque Chief Executive Officer Sanitation and Water for All SWA pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria for prioritising Water Sanitation and Hygiene adding that Nigeria s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government While progress has been hampered by COVID 19 their resolve to tackle open defecation improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent she said Dr Nicholas Igwe National Coordinator Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household Igwe said that the measure was a multi stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment We the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household he said The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free ODF Campaign was launched in November 2019 and was aimed at mobilising high level political support resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country Adamu said Nevertheless some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost effective manner They said having an enabling environment leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation free target They added that working together with communities civil society development agencies private sector and government at sub national levels is crucial s If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation
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    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation

    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation By Tosin Kolade.

    News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam, a community in Dugabau Ward, Kabo Local Government in Kano State, by-laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating.

    This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5,000 fine as a deterrent for others.

    On a visit to the community, one would observe the presence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM) members.

    They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors, to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities.

    From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets, to monitoring usage, this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation.

    In Maikalwa Yanma, a community under Nai’bawa ward, Kumbotso LGA, Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF-supported Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, many communities have imbibed hygiene practices.

    Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces, proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly-fitted drop hole covers.

    This, he said, has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths, especially among under-five children.

    Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule.

    “There is a very big impact, let us take the previous year.

    In the previous year, there was not much rainfall, and the high rate of sickness was pronounced.

    “In comparison with this year, the rainfall is high, much rainfall, but the rate of sickness is very low, considering the sensitisation, the knowledge of the hygiene programme,” he said.

    Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation, estimated at over 47 million.

    The practice has had a negative effect on the populace, especially children, in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the MDG target.

    The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country, in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation.

    This initiative tagged “Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025: A National Roadmap” was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria.

    In 2016, the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria.

    The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing.

    It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places; Community -Led Total Sanitation; promotional and media campaigns; creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism.

    At the same time, many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation.

    For this reason, the Director, FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Dr. Mohammed Dan-Hassan, said it was constructing 10,000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory.

    Dan-Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.

    He explained that in actualisation of the president’s directives, the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025. The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors, only 10 toilets had been built so far, with work ongoing at 65 other sites.

    Dan-Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT, saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges.

    However, many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat.

    Also, with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November, many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges.

    Mr Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), while making the announcement, said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change.

    Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque, Chief Executive Officer, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally.

    De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria, for prioritising Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, adding that Nigeria’s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit.

    “I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit.

    Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary, with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government.

    “While progress has been hampered by COVID-19, their resolve to tackle open defecation, improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent,’’ she said.

    Dr Nicholas Igwe, National Coordinator, Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water, Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria.

    Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation.

    He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household.

    Igwe said that the measure was a multi -stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment.

    “We, the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown.

    “We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household,” he said.

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development.

    Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation.

    The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free (ODF) Campaign was launched in November 2019, and was aimed at mobilising high level political support, resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.

    He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part.

    “I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country,’’ Adamu said.

    Nevertheless, some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.

    They said having an enabling environment, leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation-free target.

    They added that working together with communities, civil society, development agencies, private sector and government at sub-national levels is crucial.

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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says the Federal Government is set to collaborate the Ministry of Education Stakeholders on a new Programme to improve access to toilets and WASH facilities in Schools The new initiative School WASH will be targeted first to Federal Government Institutions Colleges of Education universities polytechnics starting from 2023 We are ready and hope that the Federal Ministry of Education is ready we will be talking to SUBEB TETFund and will also be going down to State and Local Governments to see that they are also carried along He stated that this had become imperative because despite all that has been done on these collaborations in the past the indices collected from surveys had continued to grow We have sent a draft MOU to the Ministry of Education We also have a budget line starting from 2023 We hope the ministry will keep pace with our enthusiasm to ensure we attack this indices he said The News Agency of NIgeria reports that the 2022 World Toilet Summit scheduled to hold in Nigeria is a unique global platform in which Stakeholders NGOs Development Partners and high level Decision Makers would come together to better strategise and address in country Sanitation challenges They will also proffer solutions that will help to resolve the issues around Open Defecation The Minister said that the World Press Conference had become imperative to bring Nigeria up to speed as preparations are on for Nigeria s hosting of the World Toilet Summit set to hold on Nov 18 and Nov 19 2022 This is a global event which will provide an excellent opportunity to bring greater visibility to the issue of ending open defecation in Nigeria It is expected to enhance Nigeria s capability to be better equipped towards meeting the target of ending open defecation by 2025 The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water Resources Mrs Didi Walson Jack during her welcome address said that the theme of the summit Towards Sanitation Innovations for Economic Development was an opportunity to enable participants exhibitors and other stakeholders in the sector have wider range of vision within the sanitation value chain This global Press Conference has become important because accurate and correct informative messages about the summit will be disseminated to the general public for the creation of awareness on new innovations instant exposure on the benefits of the summit for increased technological cost effective investment and entrepreneurial potentials she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG set to partner stakeholders, improve toilet facilities in schools
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says the Federal Government is set to collaborate the Ministry of Education Stakeholders on a new Programme to improve access to toilets and WASH facilities in Schools The new initiative School WASH will be targeted first to Federal Government Institutions Colleges of Education universities polytechnics starting from 2023 We are ready and hope that the Federal Ministry of Education is ready we will be talking to SUBEB TETFund and will also be going down to State and Local Governments to see that they are also carried along He stated that this had become imperative because despite all that has been done on these collaborations in the past the indices collected from surveys had continued to grow We have sent a draft MOU to the Ministry of Education We also have a budget line starting from 2023 We hope the ministry will keep pace with our enthusiasm to ensure we attack this indices he said The News Agency of NIgeria reports that the 2022 World Toilet Summit scheduled to hold in Nigeria is a unique global platform in which Stakeholders NGOs Development Partners and high level Decision Makers would come together to better strategise and address in country Sanitation challenges They will also proffer solutions that will help to resolve the issues around Open Defecation The Minister said that the World Press Conference had become imperative to bring Nigeria up to speed as preparations are on for Nigeria s hosting of the World Toilet Summit set to hold on Nov 18 and Nov 19 2022 This is a global event which will provide an excellent opportunity to bring greater visibility to the issue of ending open defecation in Nigeria It is expected to enhance Nigeria s capability to be better equipped towards meeting the target of ending open defecation by 2025 The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water Resources Mrs Didi Walson Jack during her welcome address said that the theme of the summit Towards Sanitation Innovations for Economic Development was an opportunity to enable participants exhibitors and other stakeholders in the sector have wider range of vision within the sanitation value chain This global Press Conference has become important because accurate and correct informative messages about the summit will be disseminated to the general public for the creation of awareness on new innovations instant exposure on the benefits of the summit for increased technological cost effective investment and entrepreneurial potentials she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG set to partner stakeholders, improve toilet facilities in schools
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    FG set to partner stakeholders, improve toilet facilities in schools

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says the Federal Government is set to collaborate the Ministry of Education, Stakeholders on a new Programme to improve access to toilets and WASH facilities in Schools.

    “The new initiative ‘School WASH’ will be targeted first to Federal Government Institutions, Colleges of Education universities,polytechnics starting from 2023. “We are ready and hope that the Federal Ministry of Education is ready, we will be talking to SUBEB, TETFund and will also be going down to State and Local Governments to see that they are also carried along.

    ” He stated that this had become imperative because despite all that has been done on these collaborations in the past, the indices collected from surveys,had continued to grow.

    “We have sent a draft MOU to the Ministry of Education.

    We also have a budget line starting from 2023. We hope the ministry will keep pace with our enthusiasm to ensure we attack this indices,” he said.

    The News Agency of NIgeria reports that the 2022 World Toilet Summit scheduled to hold in Nigeria is a unique global platform in which Stakeholders, NGOs,Development Partners and high-level Decision Makers would come together to better strategise and address in-country Sanitation challenges.

    They will also proffer solutions that will help to resolve the issues around Open Defecation.

    The Minister said that the World Press Conference had become imperative to bring Nigeria up to speed as preparations are on for Nigeria’s hosting of the World Toilet Summit set to hold on  Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, 2022. “This is a global event which will provide an excellent opportunity to bring greater visibility to the issue of ending open defecation in Nigeria .

    “It is expected to enhance Nigeria’s capability to be better equipped towards meeting the target of ending open defecation by 2025.” The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, during her welcome address said that the theme of the summit “Towards Sanitation Innovations for Economic Development”, was an opportunity to enable participants, exhibitors and other stakeholders in the sector, have wider range of vision within the sanitation value chain.

    This global Press Conference has become important because accurate and correct informative messages about the summit will be disseminated to the general public for the creation of awareness on new innovations, instant exposure on the benefits of the summit for increased technological, cost effective investment, and entrepreneurial potentials,”she added.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Ministry of Basic and Higher Secondary Education MBSSE through the Sierra Leone Free Education Project disbursed the sum of twenty nine thousand six hundred ninety three million five hundred twenty thousand Old Lions Le 29 693 520 00 in the form of renovation maintenance grants for 538 government and government assisted primary schools in the sixteen districts The benefited schools comprise the East Region 125 North Region 134 Northwest Region 97 South 123 Urban West Zone 28 and Rural West Zone 31 Schools were selected based on data from schools identified as having extreme maintenance and repair needs impacting their operations as assessed in the 2021 Annual School Census report Schools with large or major damage received Sixty nine Million Nine hundred thousand Old Leones Le 69 900 000 00 equivalent to US 5 000 each at the time of disbursement while the smaller schools received Twenty Seven Million Nine Hundred Sixty Thousand Old Leones Le 27 960 000 00 equivalent to US 2 000 each Renovation maintenance grants fund School Improvement Plans SIPs developed by School Management Committees SMC and approved by Local Councils and MBSSE The purpose of the grant is to make the school environment safe conducive to teaching and learning and accessible to individuals with special needs by improving school infrastructure The Government of Sierra Leone continues to support public schools including paying subsidies and operating costs providing basic teaching and learning materials performance based funding and improving infrastructure However these resources are inadequate to cover all the expenses and needs of the beneficiary schools especially the renovation maintenance aspect hence the subsidy MBSSE also provides Performance Based Financing PBF grants to schools However some schools benefiting from the Fund require significant renovation maintenance work including replacement of damaged furniture repair replacement of ceiling or floor panels or rehabilitation of Water Hygiene and Sanitation WASH facilities The School Renovation Maintenance Grant improves the pace of these repairs and maintenance and supplements the regular PBF grant The guidelines for the rational use of the Grant are available in the School Maintenance Renovation Manual developed by MBSSE in February 2022 in which all School Management Committees SMC including Principals Local Council Engineers and Free Education Project Works Employees have been trained The use of the funds is monitored by the MBSSE Free Education Project Secretariat the Local Councils and the Community The Government of Sierra Leone Free Education Project Multi Donor Trust Fund is implemented by the Ministry of Basic and Upper Secondary Education through the Free Education Project Secretariat with the development objectives to improve the management of the education system teaching practices and learning conditions It is supported by the World Bank IDA the European Union Irish Aid the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and the Global Alliance for Education
    The Government of Sierra Leone disburses Le 29.7 billion (USD 2.1 million) in renovation/maintenance grants for 538 schools across the country
      The Ministry of Basic and Higher Secondary Education MBSSE through the Sierra Leone Free Education Project disbursed the sum of twenty nine thousand six hundred ninety three million five hundred twenty thousand Old Lions Le 29 693 520 00 in the form of renovation maintenance grants for 538 government and government assisted primary schools in the sixteen districts The benefited schools comprise the East Region 125 North Region 134 Northwest Region 97 South 123 Urban West Zone 28 and Rural West Zone 31 Schools were selected based on data from schools identified as having extreme maintenance and repair needs impacting their operations as assessed in the 2021 Annual School Census report Schools with large or major damage received Sixty nine Million Nine hundred thousand Old Leones Le 69 900 000 00 equivalent to US 5 000 each at the time of disbursement while the smaller schools received Twenty Seven Million Nine Hundred Sixty Thousand Old Leones Le 27 960 000 00 equivalent to US 2 000 each Renovation maintenance grants fund School Improvement Plans SIPs developed by School Management Committees SMC and approved by Local Councils and MBSSE The purpose of the grant is to make the school environment safe conducive to teaching and learning and accessible to individuals with special needs by improving school infrastructure The Government of Sierra Leone continues to support public schools including paying subsidies and operating costs providing basic teaching and learning materials performance based funding and improving infrastructure However these resources are inadequate to cover all the expenses and needs of the beneficiary schools especially the renovation maintenance aspect hence the subsidy MBSSE also provides Performance Based Financing PBF grants to schools However some schools benefiting from the Fund require significant renovation maintenance work including replacement of damaged furniture repair replacement of ceiling or floor panels or rehabilitation of Water Hygiene and Sanitation WASH facilities The School Renovation Maintenance Grant improves the pace of these repairs and maintenance and supplements the regular PBF grant The guidelines for the rational use of the Grant are available in the School Maintenance Renovation Manual developed by MBSSE in February 2022 in which all School Management Committees SMC including Principals Local Council Engineers and Free Education Project Works Employees have been trained The use of the funds is monitored by the MBSSE Free Education Project Secretariat the Local Councils and the Community The Government of Sierra Leone Free Education Project Multi Donor Trust Fund is implemented by the Ministry of Basic and Upper Secondary Education through the Free Education Project Secretariat with the development objectives to improve the management of the education system teaching practices and learning conditions It is supported by the World Bank IDA the European Union Irish Aid the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and the Global Alliance for Education
    The Government of Sierra Leone disburses Le 29.7 billion (USD 2.1 million) in renovation/maintenance grants for 538 schools across the country
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    The Government of Sierra Leone disburses Le 29.7 billion (USD 2.1 million) in renovation/maintenance grants for 538 schools across the country

    The Ministry of Basic and Higher Secondary Education (MBSSE) through the Sierra Leone Free Education Project, disbursed the sum of twenty-nine thousand six hundred ninety-three million five hundred twenty thousand [Old] Lions (Le 29,693,520.00) in the form of renovation/maintenance grants for 538 'government' and 'government assisted' primary schools in the sixteen districts.

    The benefited schools comprise the East Region (125), North Region (134), Northwest Region (97), South (123), Urban West Zone (28) and Rural West Zone (31).

    Schools were selected based on data from schools identified as having extreme maintenance and repair needs impacting their operations as assessed in the 2021 Annual School Census report.

    Schools with large or major damage received Sixty-nine Million Nine hundred thousand [Old] Leones (Le 69,900,000.00), equivalent to US$ 5,000 each at the time of disbursement, while the smaller schools received Twenty Seven Million Nine Hundred Sixty Thousand [Old] Leones (Le 27,960,000.00), equivalent to US$ 2,000 each.

    Renovation/maintenance grants fund School Improvement Plans (SIPs) developed by School Management Committees (SMC) and approved by Local Councils and MBSSE.

    The purpose of the grant is to make the school environment safe, conducive to teaching and learning, and accessible to individuals with special needs by improving school infrastructure.

    The Government of Sierra Leone continues to support public schools, including paying subsidies and operating costs, providing basic teaching and learning materials, performance-based funding, and improving infrastructure.

    However, these resources are inadequate to cover all the expenses and needs of the beneficiary schools, especially the renovation/maintenance aspect, hence the subsidy.

    MBSSE also provides Performance Based Financing (PBF) grants to schools.

    However, some schools benefiting from the Fund require significant renovation/maintenance work, including replacement of damaged furniture, repair/replacement of ceiling or floor panels, or rehabilitation of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) facilities.

    The School Renovation/Maintenance Grant improves the pace of these repairs and maintenance, and supplements the regular PBF grant.

    The guidelines for the rational use of the Grant are available in the School Maintenance/Renovation Manual developed by MBSSE in February 2022, in which all School Management Committees (SMC), including Principals, Local Council Engineers and Free Education Project Works Employees have been trained.

    The use of the funds is monitored by the MBSSE Free Education Project Secretariat, the Local Councils and the Community.

    The Government of Sierra Leone Free Education Project/Multi-Donor Trust Fund is implemented by the Ministry of Basic and Upper Secondary Education through the Free Education Project Secretariat, with the development objectives to improve the management of the education system , teaching practices and learning conditions.

    It is supported by the World Bank (IDA), the European Union, Irish Aid, the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and the Global Alliance for Education.

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