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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday called for renewed commitment from all stakeholders to curtail continued reports of cholera outbreaks in parts of the country This was the thrust at a stakeholders meeting on National Cholera Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja on Friday He said cholera prevention plan was critical as access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH would go a long way to halt future occurrence and prevent deaths The minister was represented by Mr Ibiyemi Olu Daniels Deputy Director WASH Response and Collaboration with the ministry According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC no fewer than 91 deaths have been recorded from cholera from January to July 31 2022 with a total of 3 610 suspected cases He noted that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of waterborne diseases and open defecation practices According to him developing a work plan will ensure equitable intervention spread bringing the concept of inclusiveness as all key stakeholders are identified with their roles succinctly spelt out All these would in the long run ensure resources are dutifully put into use in a timely and coordinated manner to achieve desired results Developing this cholera plan became necessary owing to the brutal blow cholera dealt on our nation a year ago where cases reported nationally were about 111 062 with 3 604 deaths As a result conscious and deliberate efforts like these aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of such an ugly and perhaps embarrassing scenario where enormous cases of cholera outbreak was reported is certainly a commendable development Adamu added that cholera prevention preparedness and response plan crosscuts the purview of many ministries departments and agencies calling for more commitment According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities OCHA more than 1 000 cases of cholera have been reported in Borno Adamawa and Yobe states since May 2022 The UN body attributed cholera cases to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding as the rainy season entered its peak OCHA says there is an urgent need for more designated and equipped Cholera Treatment Centers Oral Rehydration Points and rapid testing kits It noted that states have been affected by flooding since the start of the rainy season with an estimated 14 825 people mainly the elderly women and children being displaced The Director General Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Mr Clement Nze had urged all stakeholders to intensify and step up efforts to avert flood related disasters in their domains He said the nation was now in the peak of flooding season saying the country is at the lowest point of River Niger Basin This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding As at Sept 16 the flow of River Niger at Niamey Niger Republic upstream of Nigeria is within the normal limits He said the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam which started on Sept 13 would be a continuous process till the inflow into the Lagdo reservoirs recedes He said water releases from Lagdo dam had contributed to the increase in volume of flow of River Benue contributing to the recent flooding in parts of the country www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges renewed commitment to halt cholera outbreaks
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday called for renewed commitment from all stakeholders to curtail continued reports of cholera outbreaks in parts of the country This was the thrust at a stakeholders meeting on National Cholera Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja on Friday He said cholera prevention plan was critical as access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH would go a long way to halt future occurrence and prevent deaths The minister was represented by Mr Ibiyemi Olu Daniels Deputy Director WASH Response and Collaboration with the ministry According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC no fewer than 91 deaths have been recorded from cholera from January to July 31 2022 with a total of 3 610 suspected cases He noted that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of waterborne diseases and open defecation practices According to him developing a work plan will ensure equitable intervention spread bringing the concept of inclusiveness as all key stakeholders are identified with their roles succinctly spelt out All these would in the long run ensure resources are dutifully put into use in a timely and coordinated manner to achieve desired results Developing this cholera plan became necessary owing to the brutal blow cholera dealt on our nation a year ago where cases reported nationally were about 111 062 with 3 604 deaths As a result conscious and deliberate efforts like these aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of such an ugly and perhaps embarrassing scenario where enormous cases of cholera outbreak was reported is certainly a commendable development Adamu added that cholera prevention preparedness and response plan crosscuts the purview of many ministries departments and agencies calling for more commitment According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities OCHA more than 1 000 cases of cholera have been reported in Borno Adamawa and Yobe states since May 2022 The UN body attributed cholera cases to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding as the rainy season entered its peak OCHA says there is an urgent need for more designated and equipped Cholera Treatment Centers Oral Rehydration Points and rapid testing kits It noted that states have been affected by flooding since the start of the rainy season with an estimated 14 825 people mainly the elderly women and children being displaced The Director General Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Mr Clement Nze had urged all stakeholders to intensify and step up efforts to avert flood related disasters in their domains He said the nation was now in the peak of flooding season saying the country is at the lowest point of River Niger Basin This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding As at Sept 16 the flow of River Niger at Niamey Niger Republic upstream of Nigeria is within the normal limits He said the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam which started on Sept 13 would be a continuous process till the inflow into the Lagdo reservoirs recedes He said water releases from Lagdo dam had contributed to the increase in volume of flow of River Benue contributing to the recent flooding in parts of the country www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges renewed commitment to halt cholera outbreaks
    Environment2 days ago

    FG urges renewed commitment to halt cholera outbreaks

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, on Friday called for renewed commitment from all stakeholders to curtail continued reports of cholera outbreaks in parts of the country.

    This was the thrust at a stakeholders meeting on National Cholera Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja on Friday.

    He said cholera prevention plan was critical as access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) would go a long way to halt future occurrence and prevent deaths.

    The minister was represented by Mr Ibiyemi Olu-Daniels, Deputy Director, WASH Response and Collaboration, with the ministry.

    According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), no fewer than 91 deaths have been recorded from cholera from January to July 31, 2022, with a total of 3,610 suspected cases.

    He noted that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes, dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of waterborne diseases and open defecation practices.

    According to him, developing a work plan will ensure equitable intervention spread, bringing the concept of inclusiveness, as all key stakeholders are identified with their roles succinctly spelt out.

    “All these would in the long run ensure resources are dutifully put into use in a timely and coordinated manner to achieve desired results.

    “Developing this cholera plan became necessary, owing to the brutal blow cholera dealt on our nation a year ago where cases reported nationally were about 111,062 with 3,604 deaths.

    “As a result, conscious and deliberate efforts like these aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of such an ugly and perhaps embarrassing scenario, where enormous cases of cholera outbreak was reported, is certainly a commendable development.

    ’’ Adamu added that cholera prevention, preparedness and response plan crosscuts the purview of many ministries, departments and agencies, calling for more commitment.

    According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (OCHA), more than 1,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states since May 2022. The UN body attributed cholera cases to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding, as the rainy season entered its peak.

    OCHA says there is an urgent need for more designated and equipped Cholera Treatment Centers, Oral Rehydration Points and rapid testing kits.

    It noted that states have been affected by flooding since the start of the rainy season, with an estimated 14,825 people, mainly the elderly, women and children being displaced.

    The Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Mr Clement Nze, had urged all stakeholders to intensify and step up efforts to avert flood related disasters in their domains.

    He said the nation was now in the peak of flooding season, saying the country is at the lowest point of River Niger Basin.

    “This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding.

    “As at Sept. 16, the flow of River Niger at Niamey, Niger Republic, upstream of Nigeria, is within the normal limits.

    ’’ He said the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam, which started on Sept. 13, would be a continuous process till the inflow into the Lagdo reservoirs recedes.

    He said water releases from Lagdo dam, had contributed to the increase in volume of flow of River Benue, contributing to the recent flooding in parts of the country.

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  •  The Federal Government on Friday commended David Alaba a renowned Real Madrid footballer for donating a biodegradable toilet to Ogere Remo community in Ogun State The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu in a statement on Friday said private sector involvement was critical if Nigeria would end open defecation practice by 2025 According to him private sector and Diaspora engagement and support through accelerated provisions of toilets by philanthropy will go a long way The commissioning was made possible through collaboration with Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene OPS WASH Clean Nigeria Campaign CNC and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission The minister reaffirmed that Clean Nigeria Campaign was targeted at mobilising high level political support resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation He added that such commendable project by Alaba and his foundation was worthy of emulation saying the quest to end open defecation required the contribution and commitment of all stakeholders The minister urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to mobilise support for the campaign through private sector engagement adding that under the Clean Nigeria Campaign 84 LGAs were now Open Defecation Free ODF Jigawa is on the verge of achieving a state wide ODF status with just one more LGA to go Nigeria has been given the hosting rights for the 2022 World Toilet Summit and we want active participation Governor of Ogun State Mr Dapo Abiodun said Alaba was a true Nigerian saying the gesture was a new dimension in community development for a better society Abiodun represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties Olufemi Ilori Oduntan appealed to the people to always incorporate toilets into their building plan He however pledged the state government s resolve to maintain toilets in public places such as parks and markets The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Dr Abike Dabiri Erewa said the initiative was in tandem with NiDCOM s mandate of harnessing the potentials of Nigerians in Diaspora for national growth and development Dabiri Erewa represented by Mr Oladipo Odebowale urged other Diasporans and Nigerians to emulate the worthy gesture as a support to national development efforts The Coordinator OPS WASH Dr Nicholas Igwe emphasised the significance of collaboration and partnership saying the private sector would continue to work with and all stakeholders to achieve the 2025 ODF target Clean Nigeria Campaign Coordinator Mrs Chizoba Opara said ODF Nigeria was achievable with the right political will and collective support of all stakeholders High points of the occasion were the unveiling of the toilet facility and the distribution of autographed Real Madrid Jerseys to three successful winners by the David Alaba Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Real Madrid star, Alaba, donates bio-degradable toilet to Ogun community
     The Federal Government on Friday commended David Alaba a renowned Real Madrid footballer for donating a biodegradable toilet to Ogere Remo community in Ogun State The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu in a statement on Friday said private sector involvement was critical if Nigeria would end open defecation practice by 2025 According to him private sector and Diaspora engagement and support through accelerated provisions of toilets by philanthropy will go a long way The commissioning was made possible through collaboration with Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene OPS WASH Clean Nigeria Campaign CNC and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission The minister reaffirmed that Clean Nigeria Campaign was targeted at mobilising high level political support resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation He added that such commendable project by Alaba and his foundation was worthy of emulation saying the quest to end open defecation required the contribution and commitment of all stakeholders The minister urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to mobilise support for the campaign through private sector engagement adding that under the Clean Nigeria Campaign 84 LGAs were now Open Defecation Free ODF Jigawa is on the verge of achieving a state wide ODF status with just one more LGA to go Nigeria has been given the hosting rights for the 2022 World Toilet Summit and we want active participation Governor of Ogun State Mr Dapo Abiodun said Alaba was a true Nigerian saying the gesture was a new dimension in community development for a better society Abiodun represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties Olufemi Ilori Oduntan appealed to the people to always incorporate toilets into their building plan He however pledged the state government s resolve to maintain toilets in public places such as parks and markets The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Dr Abike Dabiri Erewa said the initiative was in tandem with NiDCOM s mandate of harnessing the potentials of Nigerians in Diaspora for national growth and development Dabiri Erewa represented by Mr Oladipo Odebowale urged other Diasporans and Nigerians to emulate the worthy gesture as a support to national development efforts The Coordinator OPS WASH Dr Nicholas Igwe emphasised the significance of collaboration and partnership saying the private sector would continue to work with and all stakeholders to achieve the 2025 ODF target Clean Nigeria Campaign Coordinator Mrs Chizoba Opara said ODF Nigeria was achievable with the right political will and collective support of all stakeholders High points of the occasion were the unveiling of the toilet facility and the distribution of autographed Real Madrid Jerseys to three successful winners by the David Alaba Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Real Madrid star, Alaba, donates bio-degradable toilet to Ogun community
    Environment1 week ago

    Real Madrid star, Alaba, donates bio-degradable toilet to Ogun community

    The Federal Government on Friday commended David Alaba, a renowned Real Madrid footballer, for donating a biodegradable toilet to Ogere Remo community in Ogun State.

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, in a statement on Friday, said private sector involvement was critical if Nigeria would end open defecation practice by 2025. According to him, private sector and Diaspora engagement and support through accelerated provisions of toilets by philanthropy will go a long way.

    The commissioning was made possible through collaboration with Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS- WASH), Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC) and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

    The minister reaffirmed that Clean Nigeria Campaign was targeted at mobilising high-level political support, resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.

    He added that such commendable project by Alaba and his foundation was worthy of emulation, saying the quest to end open defecation required the contribution and commitment of all stakeholders.

    The minister urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to mobilise support for the campaign through private sector engagement, adding that under the Clean Nigeria Campaign, 84 LGAs were now Open Defecation Free (ODF).

    “Jigawa is on the verge of achieving a state-wide ODF status with just one more LGA to go, Nigeria has been given the hosting rights for the 2022 World Toilet Summit and we want active participation,’’ Governor of Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, said Alaba was a true Nigerian, saying the gesture was a new dimension in community development for a better society.

    Abiodun, represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties, Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, appealed to the people to always incorporate toilets into their building plan.

    He, however, pledged the state government’s resolve to maintain toilets in public places such as parks and markets.

    The , Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the initiative was in tandem with NiDCOM’s mandate of harnessing the potentials of Nigerians in Diaspora for national growth and development Dabiri-Erewa, represented by Mr Oladipo Odebowale, urged other Diasporans and Nigerians to emulate the worthy gesture, as a support to national development efforts.

    The Coordinator, OPS-WASH, Dr Nicholas Igwe, emphasised the significance of collaboration and partnership, saying the private sector would continue to work with and all stakeholders to achieve the 2025 ODF target.

    Clean Nigeria Campaign Coordinator, Mrs Chizoba Opara, said ODF Nigeria was achievable with the right political will and collective support of all stakeholders.

    High points of the occasion were the unveiling of the toilet facility and the distribution of autographed Real Madrid Jerseys to three successful winners by the David Alaba Foundation.


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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu has called for the closure of the Gadar Sarkin Kogi at Tiga in Bebeji Local Government Area for both motorists and pedestrians for their own safety Adamu made the call during a joint assessment visit to the Tiga and Bagauda Dams respectively with Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor Hassan Fagge on Wednesday in Kano He explained that the spillway at the two dams were functioning properly The minister said that the floods did not affect the Tiga and Bagauda Dams adding that the level of the water in the dam have not risen He directed the Hadejia Jama are River Basin Development Authority to continue with routine maintenance of the dams Represented by his deputy Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna assures of the commitment of the government towards ensuring protection of lives and properties of its citizens The governor described the visit as a demonstration of concern by the Federal Government to the development of the State He therefore extended his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister for the timely response The News of Nigeria reports the over flow of the Tiga Dam on Sept 8 destroyed farmlands roads houses and displaced residents in the areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: Minister calls for closure of bridge at Tiga dam
     The Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu has called for the closure of the Gadar Sarkin Kogi at Tiga in Bebeji Local Government Area for both motorists and pedestrians for their own safety Adamu made the call during a joint assessment visit to the Tiga and Bagauda Dams respectively with Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor Hassan Fagge on Wednesday in Kano He explained that the spillway at the two dams were functioning properly The minister said that the floods did not affect the Tiga and Bagauda Dams adding that the level of the water in the dam have not risen He directed the Hadejia Jama are River Basin Development Authority to continue with routine maintenance of the dams Represented by his deputy Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna assures of the commitment of the government towards ensuring protection of lives and properties of its citizens The governor described the visit as a demonstration of concern by the Federal Government to the development of the State He therefore extended his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister for the timely response The News of Nigeria reports the over flow of the Tiga Dam on Sept 8 destroyed farmlands roads houses and displaced residents in the areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: Minister calls for closure of bridge at Tiga dam
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    Flood: Minister calls for closure of bridge at Tiga dam

    The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has called for the closure of the Gadar Sarkin Kogi at Tiga in Bebeji Local Government Area for both motorists and pedestrians for their own safety.

    Adamu made the call during a joint assessment visit to the Tiga and Bagauda Dams respectively with Gov. Abdullahi  Ganduje of Kano state.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Hassan Fagge on Wednesday in Kano.He explained that the spillway at the two dams were functioning properly.

    The minister said that the floods did not affect the Tiga and Bagauda Dams, adding that the level of the water in the dam have not risen.

    He directed the Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority to continue with routine maintenance of the dams.

    Represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, assures of the commitment of the government towards ensuring protection of lives and properties of its citizens.

    The governor described the visit as a demonstration of concern by the Federal Government to the development of the State.

    He, therefore, extended his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister for the timely response.

    The News of Nigeria reports the  over flow of the Tiga Dam on Sept. 8, destroyed farmlands, roads, houses and displaced residents in the areas
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  •  The Federal Government has called on state water agencies to take ownership and manage all water facilities to promote sustainability and end loss of investments especially in rural areas The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu made the call at the opening of a one day Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of the National Village Level Operation and Maintenance VLOM strategy in Abuja on Tuesday Adamu was represented by Mr Emmanuel Awe Director Water Quality Control and Sanitation in the ministry He said poor maintenance of water facilities weak institutional management and inadequate monitoring resulted to frequent breakdown and abandonment in the country Adamu also said that poor communication between benefiting communities and state water agencies hampered sustainability The minister said that the strategy was intended to address the challenges of putting facility ownership in the hands of the communities The 2021 Water Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping WASHNORM survey revealed that only 53 per cent of publicly owned water facilities are functional The survey also reports that 22 per cent of the publicly owned water facilities broke down within the first one year of installation The VLOM strategy will establish and create communication channels where benefiting communities can report the status of water facility to those in authority and building the capacity of Local Area Mechanics LAMs The objective will be achieving 100 per cent functionality in line with the Sustainable Development Goal he said He said that evidence showed that the operationalisation of National VLOM strategy was one sure way to improve access to water supply in rural areas The minister said that the ministry in collaboration with UNICEF has commenced the operationalisation of VLOM strategy in Adamawa Borno and Yobe He said successes recorded includes the repair of 758 hand pump and 344 solar boreholes by local area mechanics in the communities Ms Jane Bevan UNICEF Chief of WASH said that the public health benefits of access to potable water could not be quantified Bevan said sustainability of water facilities entailed that there were permanent and beneficial change in WASH services She said it was worrisome that a quarter of all public water facilities were not functional Bevan said through UNICEF interventions 30 per cent of benefiting communities have put in place tariff system as a funding alternative for local area mechanics repairing broken facilities to the tune of N3 million She said the intervention had seen female representation in WASH activities with women participating in repairs and spare part supplies Our belief is that boreholes should never breakdown and the sector wide sustainability index emphasises functionality accessibility and water quality she said Mr Danjuma Madaki Director Water Supply with the ministry said the workshop was an opportunity for states to understand VLOM strategy and its implementation guidelines He said all communities must take ownership of all water facilities for sustainability Madaki said huge investments in the water resources sector had not yielded returns due to poor institutional management inadequate funding and lack of political will and ownership He however said with the implementation of VLOM strategy operation and maintenance challenges funding issues would be addressed www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges states on ownership, sustainability of water facilities
     The Federal Government has called on state water agencies to take ownership and manage all water facilities to promote sustainability and end loss of investments especially in rural areas The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu made the call at the opening of a one day Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of the National Village Level Operation and Maintenance VLOM strategy in Abuja on Tuesday Adamu was represented by Mr Emmanuel Awe Director Water Quality Control and Sanitation in the ministry He said poor maintenance of water facilities weak institutional management and inadequate monitoring resulted to frequent breakdown and abandonment in the country Adamu also said that poor communication between benefiting communities and state water agencies hampered sustainability The minister said that the strategy was intended to address the challenges of putting facility ownership in the hands of the communities The 2021 Water Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping WASHNORM survey revealed that only 53 per cent of publicly owned water facilities are functional The survey also reports that 22 per cent of the publicly owned water facilities broke down within the first one year of installation The VLOM strategy will establish and create communication channels where benefiting communities can report the status of water facility to those in authority and building the capacity of Local Area Mechanics LAMs The objective will be achieving 100 per cent functionality in line with the Sustainable Development Goal he said He said that evidence showed that the operationalisation of National VLOM strategy was one sure way to improve access to water supply in rural areas The minister said that the ministry in collaboration with UNICEF has commenced the operationalisation of VLOM strategy in Adamawa Borno and Yobe He said successes recorded includes the repair of 758 hand pump and 344 solar boreholes by local area mechanics in the communities Ms Jane Bevan UNICEF Chief of WASH said that the public health benefits of access to potable water could not be quantified Bevan said sustainability of water facilities entailed that there were permanent and beneficial change in WASH services She said it was worrisome that a quarter of all public water facilities were not functional Bevan said through UNICEF interventions 30 per cent of benefiting communities have put in place tariff system as a funding alternative for local area mechanics repairing broken facilities to the tune of N3 million She said the intervention had seen female representation in WASH activities with women participating in repairs and spare part supplies Our belief is that boreholes should never breakdown and the sector wide sustainability index emphasises functionality accessibility and water quality she said Mr Danjuma Madaki Director Water Supply with the ministry said the workshop was an opportunity for states to understand VLOM strategy and its implementation guidelines He said all communities must take ownership of all water facilities for sustainability Madaki said huge investments in the water resources sector had not yielded returns due to poor institutional management inadequate funding and lack of political will and ownership He however said with the implementation of VLOM strategy operation and maintenance challenges funding issues would be addressed www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges states on ownership, sustainability of water facilities
    Environment2 weeks ago

    FG urges states on ownership, sustainability of water facilities

    The Federal Government has called on state water agencies to take ownership and manage all water facilities,  to promote sustainability and end loss of investments, especially in rural areas.

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu made the call at the opening of a one-day Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of the National Village Level Operation and Maintenance (VLOM) strategy in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Adamu was represented by Mr Emmanuel Awe, Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation in the ministry.

    He said poor maintenance of water facilities, weak institutional management and inadequate monitoring, resulted to frequent breakdown and abandonment in the country.

    Adamu also said that poor communication between benefiting communities and state water agencies hampered sustainability.

    The minister said that the strategy was intended to address the challenges of putting facility ownership in the hands of the communities.

    The 2021 Water Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASHNORM) survey revealed that, only 53 per cent of publicly owned water facilities are functional.

    The survey also reports that 22 per cent of the publicly owned water facilities broke down within the first one year of installation.

    “The VLOM strategy will establish and create communication channels where benefiting communities can report the status of water facility to those in authority and building the capacity of Local Area Mechanics (LAMs).

    “The objective will be achieving 100 per cent functionality in line with the Sustainable Development Goal,“he said.

    He said that evidence  showed that the operationalisation of National VLOM strategy was  one sure way to improve access to water supply in rural areas.

    The minister said that the ministry in collaboration with UNICEF,  has commenced the operationalisation of VLOM strategy in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. He said successes recorded includes; the repair of 758 hand pump and 344 solar boreholes by local area mechanics in the communities.

    Ms. Jane Bevan, UNICEF Chief of WASH, said that the public health benefits of access to potable water could not be quantified.

    Bevan said sustainability of water facilities entailed that there were permanent and beneficial change in WASH services.

    She said it was worrisome that a quarter of all public water facilities were not functional.

    Bevan said through UNICEF interventions, 30 per cent of benefiting communities have put in place tariff system as a funding alternative for local area mechanics repairing broken facilities to the tune of N3 million.

    She said the intervention had seen female representation in WASH activities, with women participating in repairs and spare part supplies.

    “Our belief is that boreholes should never breakdown, and the sector-wide sustainability index emphasises functionality, accessibility and water quality,” she said.

    Mr Danjuma Madaki, Director, Water Supply with the ministry, said the workshop was an opportunity for states to understand VLOM strategy and its implementation guidelines.

    He said all communities must take ownership of all water facilities for sustainability.

    Madaki said huge investments in the water resources sector had not yielded returns due to poor institutional management, inadequate funding and lack of political will and ownership.

    He, however, said with the implementation of VLOM strategy, operation and maintenance challenges, funding issues would be addressed.

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  •  The Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Suleiman Adamu has lauded the National Directorate of Employment NDE for engaging the youth on various skills acquisition trainings in the state The Emir made this known in Bauchi on Monday at the inauguration of a week long training of youth and women in Bauchi on goat rearing and production The training also included post sustainable agricultural development by NDE in the state The Emir who is also the Chairman Bauchi State Council of Traditional Rulers was represented by Malam Zubairu Aliyu a traditional title holder in the Bauchi Emirate He said that the job which the NDE Director General Malam Abubakar Fikpo was doing in ensuring that youths are gainfully engaged in one skill or the others could not be overemphasised These are very laudable programmes and the types being expected to be implemented by relevant job creation agencies This is because it enlightens the youths on various ways becoming self employed and shun over dependency on white collar jobs The directorate s resolve towards job provision for youth and women in this state is highly commendable I am highly appreciative of the efforts of NDE because within two or three months they organised various skills acquisition trainings for the teaming youths in the state to assist them to be self employed he said The Emir called on the youth to keep embracing such programmes so as to become employers of labour adding that the time of being spoon fed is over He further called on parents to ensure that their children are engaged in useful ventures either agriculture or through other skills He explained that this would make them not to become a nuisance to their parents the society and the country at large Also speaking NDE Director General Malam Abubakar Fikpo said that 100 participants were selected from across the 20 local government areas of the state He explained that 50 participants were selected for the post sustainable agricultural development training and 50 for the goats production training Represented by the NDE State Coordinator Mr Ali Yaya the D G urged the participants to be very serious and attentive He said anyone who did not attend the training would not be considered when the time for selection of participants for enhancement to boost their production comes He added that the trainees would be introduced to various business trainings that would open them to identifying and approaching various sources of funding to access funds One of the participants Hanatu Zakari appreciated the NDE for the kind gesture and promised to make effective use of whatever knowledge she acquired during the training NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi Emir lauds NDE on skills acquisition training
     The Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Suleiman Adamu has lauded the National Directorate of Employment NDE for engaging the youth on various skills acquisition trainings in the state The Emir made this known in Bauchi on Monday at the inauguration of a week long training of youth and women in Bauchi on goat rearing and production The training also included post sustainable agricultural development by NDE in the state The Emir who is also the Chairman Bauchi State Council of Traditional Rulers was represented by Malam Zubairu Aliyu a traditional title holder in the Bauchi Emirate He said that the job which the NDE Director General Malam Abubakar Fikpo was doing in ensuring that youths are gainfully engaged in one skill or the others could not be overemphasised These are very laudable programmes and the types being expected to be implemented by relevant job creation agencies This is because it enlightens the youths on various ways becoming self employed and shun over dependency on white collar jobs The directorate s resolve towards job provision for youth and women in this state is highly commendable I am highly appreciative of the efforts of NDE because within two or three months they organised various skills acquisition trainings for the teaming youths in the state to assist them to be self employed he said The Emir called on the youth to keep embracing such programmes so as to become employers of labour adding that the time of being spoon fed is over He further called on parents to ensure that their children are engaged in useful ventures either agriculture or through other skills He explained that this would make them not to become a nuisance to their parents the society and the country at large Also speaking NDE Director General Malam Abubakar Fikpo said that 100 participants were selected from across the 20 local government areas of the state He explained that 50 participants were selected for the post sustainable agricultural development training and 50 for the goats production training Represented by the NDE State Coordinator Mr Ali Yaya the D G urged the participants to be very serious and attentive He said anyone who did not attend the training would not be considered when the time for selection of participants for enhancement to boost their production comes He added that the trainees would be introduced to various business trainings that would open them to identifying and approaching various sources of funding to access funds One of the participants Hanatu Zakari appreciated the NDE for the kind gesture and promised to make effective use of whatever knowledge she acquired during the training NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi Emir lauds NDE on skills acquisition training
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    Bauchi Emir lauds NDE on skills acquisition training

    The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has lauded the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for engaging the youth on various skills acquisition trainings in the state.

    The Emir made this known in Bauchi on Monday at the inauguration of a week-long training of youth and women in Bauchi on goat rearing and production.

    The training also included post-sustainable agricultural development by NDE in the state.

    The Emir, who is also the Chairman, Bauchi State Council of Traditional Rulers, was represented by Malam Zubairu Aliyu, a traditional title holder in the Bauchi Emirate.

    He said that the job which the NDE Director-General, Malam Abubakar Fikpo, was doing in ensuring that youths are gainfully engaged in one skill or the others could not be overemphasised.

    “These are very laudable programmes and the types being expected to be implemented by relevant job creation agencies.

    “This is because it enlightens the youths on various ways becoming self-employed and shun over-dependency on white-collar jobs.

    “The directorate’s resolve towards job provision for youth and women in this state is highly commendable.

    “I am highly appreciative of the efforts of NDE because within two or three months, they organised various skills acquisition trainings for the teaming youths in the state to assist them to be self employed,” he said.

    The Emir called on the youth to keep embracing such programmes so as to become employers of labour, adding that the time of being spoon-fed is over.

    He further called on parents to ensure that their children are engaged in useful ventures, either agriculture or through other skills.

    He explained that this would make them not to become a nuisance to their parents, the society and the country at large.

    Also speaking, NDE Director-General, Malam Abubakar Fikpo, said that 100 participants were selected from across the 20 local government areas of the state.

    He explained that 50 participants were selected for the  post-sustainable agricultural development training and 50 for the goats production training.

    Represented by the NDE State Coordinator, Mr Ali Yaya, the D-G urged the participants to be very serious and attentive. 

    He said anyone who did not attend the training would not be considered when the time for selection of participants for enhancement to boost their production comes.

    He added that the trainees would be introduced to various business trainings that would open them to identifying and approaching various sources of funding to access funds.

    One of the participants, Hanatu Zakari, appreciated the NDE for the ‘kind gesture’ and promised to make effective use of whatever knowledge she acquired during the training.


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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday said the proposed Inter Basin Water Transfer from Congo River into the Lake Chad possible expensive and would require more consultations Adamu said this at a Media Forum with the theme Engage Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja He said massive interventions ongoing in the basin had been largely impacted by effects of climate change The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 40 million people depend on the natural resources of Lake Chad He hinted that Nigeria was currently working to improve the hydraulicity of River Chari and Logone through dredging and improvement of the river banks He noted that this was crucial as environmental challenges like silting new flood plains due to climate change were affecting the lake The inter basin water transfer is supposed to traverse many countries we are taking water from the Congo Basin and transferring it to another 400 km into Chad it is technically feasible But it is very expensive It requires a lot of study and we are going to be using the existing rivers so it requires a lot of planning But what we are doing is to start with the low hanging fruit So what we want to do is to improve the hydraulacity of river chari and river Logone the two rivers are the ones that bring water into lake chad In addition to the climate change issue even when you have good rain the water just flows into the banks and creates new floodplains rather than flow directly into the lake So it s a lot of technical issues to deal with before you finally talk about the money And the money of course it s a lot of billions of dollars One of the good things is that it has been taken as a PanAfrican project but even at African Union they are now talking about it seriously Speaking on the ministry s dam projects the minister said the River Basin Development Authorities were being revitalised to deliver on their mandates He noted that the Songhai model as an integrated agricultural practice was introduced to boost agricultural production and achieve integrated rural development He said since his tenure 253 farmlands have been leased to the private sector for commercial farming while 42 small dams have been constructed across the nation NAN reports that in 2017 the federal government successfully conducted a feasibility study towards recharging the Lake Chad through an inter basin water transfer from the Congo basin at an estimated cost of 15 billion dollars This is a part of the projects envisioned to transform the region into a more stable economic hub as the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North east draw to a close www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lake Chad water transfer possible, but expensive- FG
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday said the proposed Inter Basin Water Transfer from Congo River into the Lake Chad possible expensive and would require more consultations Adamu said this at a Media Forum with the theme Engage Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja He said massive interventions ongoing in the basin had been largely impacted by effects of climate change The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 40 million people depend on the natural resources of Lake Chad He hinted that Nigeria was currently working to improve the hydraulicity of River Chari and Logone through dredging and improvement of the river banks He noted that this was crucial as environmental challenges like silting new flood plains due to climate change were affecting the lake The inter basin water transfer is supposed to traverse many countries we are taking water from the Congo Basin and transferring it to another 400 km into Chad it is technically feasible But it is very expensive It requires a lot of study and we are going to be using the existing rivers so it requires a lot of planning But what we are doing is to start with the low hanging fruit So what we want to do is to improve the hydraulacity of river chari and river Logone the two rivers are the ones that bring water into lake chad In addition to the climate change issue even when you have good rain the water just flows into the banks and creates new floodplains rather than flow directly into the lake So it s a lot of technical issues to deal with before you finally talk about the money And the money of course it s a lot of billions of dollars One of the good things is that it has been taken as a PanAfrican project but even at African Union they are now talking about it seriously Speaking on the ministry s dam projects the minister said the River Basin Development Authorities were being revitalised to deliver on their mandates He noted that the Songhai model as an integrated agricultural practice was introduced to boost agricultural production and achieve integrated rural development He said since his tenure 253 farmlands have been leased to the private sector for commercial farming while 42 small dams have been constructed across the nation NAN reports that in 2017 the federal government successfully conducted a feasibility study towards recharging the Lake Chad through an inter basin water transfer from the Congo basin at an estimated cost of 15 billion dollars This is a part of the projects envisioned to transform the region into a more stable economic hub as the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North east draw to a close www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lake Chad water transfer possible, but expensive- FG
    Environment1 month ago

    Lake Chad water transfer possible, but expensive- FG

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday said the proposed Inter-Basin Water Transfer from Congo River into the Lake Chad possible, expensive and would require more consultations.

    Adamu said this at a Media Forum, with the theme, `Engage, Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ in Abuja.

    He said massive interventions ongoing in the basin, had been largely impacted by effects of climate change.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 40 million people depend on the natural resources of Lake Chad. He hinted that Nigeria was currently working to improve the hydraulicity of River Chari and Logone through dredging and improvement of the river banks.

    He noted that this was crucial as environmental challenges like silting, new flood plains due to climate change, were affecting the lake.

    “The inter-basin water transfer is supposed to traverse many countries, we are taking water from the Congo Basin and transferring it to another 400 km into Chad, it is technically feasible.

    “But it is very expensive.

    It requires a lot of study and we are going to be using the existing rivers, so it requires a lot of planning.

    But what we are doing is to start with the low hanging fruit.

    “So what we want to do is to improve the hydraulacity of river chari and river Logone, the two rivers are the ones that bring water into lake chad.

    “In addition to the climate change issue, even when you have good rain, the water just flows into the banks and creates new floodplains rather than flow directly into the lake.

    “So it’s a lot of technical issues to deal with before you finally talk about the money, And the money of course, it’s a lot of billions of dollars.

    “One of the good things is that it has been taken as a PanAfrican project, but even at African Union, they are now talking about it seriously.

    ’’ Speaking on the ministry’s dam projects, the minister said the River Basin Development Authorities were being revitalised to deliver on their mandates.

    He noted that the Songhai model, as an integrated agricultural practice was introduced to boost agricultural production and achieve integrated rural development.

    He said since his tenure, 253 farmlands have been leased to the private sector for commercial farming while 42 small dams have been constructed across the nation.

    NAN reports that in 2017, the federal government successfully conducted a feasibility study towards recharging the Lake Chad through an inter-basin water transfer from the Congo basin at an estimated cost of 15 billion dollars.

    This is a part of the projects envisioned to transform the region into a more stable economic hub as the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North-east draw to a close.

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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says the Federal Government will encourage states to introduce a law to ban open defecation practice Adamu said this at a Lunch Time Forum with the theme Engage Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja According to him this is necessary as part of the national campaign towards ending open defecation practice by 2025 So what we are doing as far as we are concerned is to encourage the states to as part of their campaign provide some legislation against open defecation There was a bill that was presented by a senator in the National Assembly who wanted to a national law enacted about it it is still pending before the National Assembly So there might be a national law which we will support We support some legislation at national level but we think it s more appropriate that states should be the ones to undertake this legislation Secondly the issue is if you do the legislation is it fair to punish people for open defecation in motor parks if we have not provided the facility So I think we also need to concentrate on providing these facilities I used to call it a carrot and stick approach That s what I think it should be The minister said the Federal Government would continue to advocate for Nigerians to build and use their toilets saying advocacy would be for improved construction of toilets especially in public places He said it was within the purview of the states to enact the legislation noting that local government councils could also have bye laws that would address the menace On the Partnership for Expanded Water Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Adamu said that states must meet eligibility criteria such as making counterpart funds available for sustainability He said many states had defaulted in keeping up their parts of the agreement in these projects adding that they practice was no longer acceptable We are not going to give free lunches to states anymore we have done projects worth billions of naira and given them to states they didn t pay a dime Now for them to run the schemes put the money down and get people to run the scheme it is not being done It has to be a partnership and they must meet all conditions Federal Government is not going to be giving out its monies anyhow anymore because we are not seeing the results in some places The minister added that some states were being crafty in project implementation with sharp practices like diversion of funds He emphasised the need for renewed partnerships between states and the federal government towards improving the water and sanitation needs of the populace www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to encourage states’ legislature to ban open defecation
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says the Federal Government will encourage states to introduce a law to ban open defecation practice Adamu said this at a Lunch Time Forum with the theme Engage Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja According to him this is necessary as part of the national campaign towards ending open defecation practice by 2025 So what we are doing as far as we are concerned is to encourage the states to as part of their campaign provide some legislation against open defecation There was a bill that was presented by a senator in the National Assembly who wanted to a national law enacted about it it is still pending before the National Assembly So there might be a national law which we will support We support some legislation at national level but we think it s more appropriate that states should be the ones to undertake this legislation Secondly the issue is if you do the legislation is it fair to punish people for open defecation in motor parks if we have not provided the facility So I think we also need to concentrate on providing these facilities I used to call it a carrot and stick approach That s what I think it should be The minister said the Federal Government would continue to advocate for Nigerians to build and use their toilets saying advocacy would be for improved construction of toilets especially in public places He said it was within the purview of the states to enact the legislation noting that local government councils could also have bye laws that would address the menace On the Partnership for Expanded Water Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Adamu said that states must meet eligibility criteria such as making counterpart funds available for sustainability He said many states had defaulted in keeping up their parts of the agreement in these projects adding that they practice was no longer acceptable We are not going to give free lunches to states anymore we have done projects worth billions of naira and given them to states they didn t pay a dime Now for them to run the schemes put the money down and get people to run the scheme it is not being done It has to be a partnership and they must meet all conditions Federal Government is not going to be giving out its monies anyhow anymore because we are not seeing the results in some places The minister added that some states were being crafty in project implementation with sharp practices like diversion of funds He emphasised the need for renewed partnerships between states and the federal government towards improving the water and sanitation needs of the populace www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to encourage states’ legislature to ban open defecation
    Environment1 month ago

    FG to encourage states’ legislature to ban open defecation

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says the Federal Government will encourage states to introduce a law to ban open defecation practice.

    Adamu said this at a Lunch Time Forum, with the theme, `Engage, Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ in Abuja.

    According to him, this is necessary as part of the national campaign towards ending open defecation practice by 2025. “So, what we are doing as far as we are concerned is to encourage the states to, as part of their campaign, provide some legislation against open defecation.

    “There was a bill that was presented by a senator in the National Assembly, who wanted to a national law enacted about it, it is still pending before the National Assembly.

    “So, there might be a national law which we will support.

    We support some legislation at national level, but we think it’s more appropriate that states should be the ones to undertake this legislation.

    “Secondly, the issue is if you do the legislation, is it fair to punish people for open defecation in motor parks, if we have not provided the facility.

    “So, I think we also need to concentrate on providing these facilities, I used to call it a carrot and stick approach.

    That’s what I think it should be.

    ’’ The minister said the Federal Government would continue to advocate for Nigerians to build and use their toilets, saying advocacy would be for improved construction of toilets, especially in public places.

    He said it was within the purview of the states to enact the legislation, noting that local government councils could also have bye-laws that would address the menace.

    On the Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme, Adamu said that states must meet eligibility criteria such as making counterpart funds available for sustainability.

    He said many states had defaulted in keeping up their parts of the agreement in these projects, adding that they practice was no longer acceptable.

    “We are not going to give free lunches to states anymore, we have done projects worth billions of naira, and given them to states, they didn’t pay a dime.

    “Now for them to run the schemes, put the money down and get people to run the scheme, it is not being done.

    It has to be a partnership and they must meet all conditions.

    “Federal Government is not going to be giving out its monies anyhow anymore, because we are not seeing the results in some places’’.

    The minister added that some states were being crafty in project implementation with sharp practices like diversion of funds.

    He emphasised the need for renewed partnerships between states and the federal government towards improving the water and sanitation needs of the populace.

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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says plans are on to incorporate and internalise climate change into the national policy and achieve net zero emissions in the country Adamu made this disclosure at a two day Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme NNC UNESCO IHP at the 2022 National Symposium in Abuja The minister who was represented by the Director of Hydrological in the ministry Adeyinka Adenukpor explained that the water sector was very vulnerable to climate swings and had been identified as the primary medium through which climate change would impact on man and the ecosystem The minister said In our national policy we will incorporate this message that we are preaching it s a global message that cuts across every aspect of human life we are going to internalise it into our national policies The experts in their own respects are here to brainstorm on how to reduce climate change hazards in the world particularly in Nigeria where we are targeting net zero emissions He stressed on the need to build and Increase capacity of the water professionals the overall goal is to rise to the occasion as expected globally He therefore called on all stakeholders to rise to the occasion participate actively in developing Climate Change Model Guide for all Hydrological areas Prof David Jimoh Chairman of the Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme stated that the idea of setting up the Climate Change Council was to have an advisory body on water related issues as affected by Climate Change He explained that Nigeria would play a key role on Inter Governmental Hydrological Programme strategic plan which would help the nation achieve the Social Development Goals as related to water and sanitation Dr Abou Amani the Secretary the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme urged Nigeria to look for ways to implement the IHP action plan He advised the government to step up actions on how science could be used to address corporate water challenges adding that a reliable and consistent hydrological data base is inevitable Also speaking the Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Mr Clement Nze said that the purpose of the symposium was to educate Nigeria water resources stakeholders on adaptation mitigation and resilience of climate change in the country We are no longer talking about prevention of climate change hazards but we can adapt to it The International Hydrological Programme IHP created in 1975 has been instrumental in contributing to improved knowledge on water resources in Sub Saharan Africa IHP is the only inter governmental programme of the UN System devoted to water research water resources management and education and capacity building The News Agency of NIgeria reports that developing an appropriate scientific basis for for sustainable planning and development of water resources by developing Climate Change model guide for all Hydrological areas is key in curbing imminent Climate Change challenges in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG sets to internalise climate change in national policy, target net -zero emissions
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says plans are on to incorporate and internalise climate change into the national policy and achieve net zero emissions in the country Adamu made this disclosure at a two day Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme NNC UNESCO IHP at the 2022 National Symposium in Abuja The minister who was represented by the Director of Hydrological in the ministry Adeyinka Adenukpor explained that the water sector was very vulnerable to climate swings and had been identified as the primary medium through which climate change would impact on man and the ecosystem The minister said In our national policy we will incorporate this message that we are preaching it s a global message that cuts across every aspect of human life we are going to internalise it into our national policies The experts in their own respects are here to brainstorm on how to reduce climate change hazards in the world particularly in Nigeria where we are targeting net zero emissions He stressed on the need to build and Increase capacity of the water professionals the overall goal is to rise to the occasion as expected globally He therefore called on all stakeholders to rise to the occasion participate actively in developing Climate Change Model Guide for all Hydrological areas Prof David Jimoh Chairman of the Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme stated that the idea of setting up the Climate Change Council was to have an advisory body on water related issues as affected by Climate Change He explained that Nigeria would play a key role on Inter Governmental Hydrological Programme strategic plan which would help the nation achieve the Social Development Goals as related to water and sanitation Dr Abou Amani the Secretary the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme urged Nigeria to look for ways to implement the IHP action plan He advised the government to step up actions on how science could be used to address corporate water challenges adding that a reliable and consistent hydrological data base is inevitable Also speaking the Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Mr Clement Nze said that the purpose of the symposium was to educate Nigeria water resources stakeholders on adaptation mitigation and resilience of climate change in the country We are no longer talking about prevention of climate change hazards but we can adapt to it The International Hydrological Programme IHP created in 1975 has been instrumental in contributing to improved knowledge on water resources in Sub Saharan Africa IHP is the only inter governmental programme of the UN System devoted to water research water resources management and education and capacity building The News Agency of NIgeria reports that developing an appropriate scientific basis for for sustainable planning and development of water resources by developing Climate Change model guide for all Hydrological areas is key in curbing imminent Climate Change challenges in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG sets to internalise climate change in national policy, target net -zero emissions
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    FG sets to internalise climate change in national policy, target net -zero emissions

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says plans are on to incorporate and internalise climate change into the national policy and achieve net-zero emissions in the country.

    Adamu made this disclosure at a two-day Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (NNC-UNESCO-IHP) at the 2022 National Symposium in Abuja.

    The minister who was represented by the Director of Hydrological in the ministry, Adeyinka Adenukpor, explained that the water sector was very vulnerable to climate swings and had been identified as the primary medium through which climate change would impact on man and the ecosystem. 

    The minister said,,” In our national policy ,we will incorporate this message that we are preaching, it’s a global message, that cuts across every aspect of human life , we are going to internalise it into our national policies. 

    “The experts in their own respects are here to brainstorm on how to reduce climate change hazards in the world , particularly in Nigeria where we are targeting net-zero emissions.

    He stressed on the need to build and Increase capacity of the water professionals,the overall goal is to rise to the occasion as expected globally.

    He, therefore, called on all stakeholders to rise to the occasion, participate actively in developing Climate Change Model Guide for all Hydrological areas.

    Prof.David Jimoh, Chairman of the Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme,,stated that the idea of setting up the Climate Change Council was to have an advisory body on water related issues as affected by Climate Change .

    He explained that Nigeria would play a key role on Inter-Governmental Hydrological Programme strategic plan, which would help the nation achieve the Social Development Goals as related to water and sanitation.

    Dr Abou Amani, the Secretary, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, urged Nigeria to look for ways to implement the IHP action plan.

    He advised the government to step up actions on how science could be used to address corporate water challenges adding that a reliable and consistent hydrological data base is inevitable.

    Also speaking, the Director-General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, (NIHSA), Mr. Clement Nze, said that the purpose of the symposium was to educate Nigeria water resources stakeholders on adaptation , mitigation and resilience of climate change in the country.

    ‘We are no longer talking about prevention of climate change hazards but we can adapt to it. 

    “The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) created in 1975 has been instrumental in contributing to improved knowledge on water resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

    “IHP is the only inter-governmental programme of the UN System devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building.

    The News Agency of NIgeria reports that developing an appropriate scientific basis for for sustainable planning and development of water resources by developing Climate Change model guide for all Hydrological areas is key in curbing imminent Climate Change challenges in Nigeria
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  •  The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu has called for co operation among Nigeria s water energy and food security sectors towards addressing all challenges hindering socio economic development Adamu made the call on Tuesday at the opening of a three day Inter Sectoral Policy National Dialogue on the Nexus of Water Energy Food Security held in Abuja The workshop was organised by the Niger Basin Authority NBA and German International Cooperation GiZ He said mismanagement of one sector could affect the viability of other sectors and compromise the livelihoods of the people and the ecosystem Adamu represented by the Director Water Quality and Sanitation Mr Emmanuel Awe said the nexus approach reflected the interlink between Water Energy Food Security and Environment He expressed the need to integrate all sectors towards promoting positive impact socio economic development and management of resources Adamu said increasing activities due to urbanisation agriculture and industrialisation had resulted in the pollution of fresh water with serious adverse effects on health and wellbeing While expressing the Federal Government s gratitude to the NBA and experts he urged all participants to show more commitment for effective and efficient implementation of all NBA projects and programmes Regional Coordinator Nexus GIZ and EU Robert Kronefield and NBA representative Bamidele Olatunji said the workshop would strengthen stakeholders capacity in planning policy development and implementation of the NEXUS approach The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the first phase of the NBA and German Cooperation NBA GIZ NEXUS Project 2016 2020 placed strong emphasis on regional integration of the NEXUS approach and capacity building The NEXUS project takes an integrated view of the water energy and agriculture sectors as these are all competing for the same scarce resources It allows an optimal balance of interests in the use of resources manage conflicts and human rights risks appropriately and respect the limits of the planet s ecological resilience NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian Minister advocates co-operation among water, energy, food security sectors
     The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu has called for co operation among Nigeria s water energy and food security sectors towards addressing all challenges hindering socio economic development Adamu made the call on Tuesday at the opening of a three day Inter Sectoral Policy National Dialogue on the Nexus of Water Energy Food Security held in Abuja The workshop was organised by the Niger Basin Authority NBA and German International Cooperation GiZ He said mismanagement of one sector could affect the viability of other sectors and compromise the livelihoods of the people and the ecosystem Adamu represented by the Director Water Quality and Sanitation Mr Emmanuel Awe said the nexus approach reflected the interlink between Water Energy Food Security and Environment He expressed the need to integrate all sectors towards promoting positive impact socio economic development and management of resources Adamu said increasing activities due to urbanisation agriculture and industrialisation had resulted in the pollution of fresh water with serious adverse effects on health and wellbeing While expressing the Federal Government s gratitude to the NBA and experts he urged all participants to show more commitment for effective and efficient implementation of all NBA projects and programmes Regional Coordinator Nexus GIZ and EU Robert Kronefield and NBA representative Bamidele Olatunji said the workshop would strengthen stakeholders capacity in planning policy development and implementation of the NEXUS approach The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the first phase of the NBA and German Cooperation NBA GIZ NEXUS Project 2016 2020 placed strong emphasis on regional integration of the NEXUS approach and capacity building The NEXUS project takes an integrated view of the water energy and agriculture sectors as these are all competing for the same scarce resources It allows an optimal balance of interests in the use of resources manage conflicts and human rights risks appropriately and respect the limits of the planet s ecological resilience NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian Minister advocates co-operation among water, energy, food security sectors
    Environment2 months ago

    Nigerian Minister advocates co-operation among water, energy, food security sectors

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has called for co-operation among Nigeria’s water, energy and food security sectors towards addressing all challenges hindering socio-economic development.

    Adamu made the call on Tuesday at the opening of a three-day Inter-Sectoral Policy National Dialogue on “the Nexus of Water -Energy-Food Security” held in Abuja.

    The workshop was organised by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and German International Cooperation (GiZ).

    He said mismanagement of one sector could affect the viability of other sectors and compromise the livelihoods of the people and the ecosystem.

    Adamu, represented by the Director, Water Quality and Sanitation, Mr Emmanuel Awe said the nexus approach reflected the interlink between Water, Energy, Food Security and Environment.

    He expressed the need to integrate all sectors towards promoting positive impact, socio -economic development and management of resources.

    Adamu said increasing activities due to urbanisation, agriculture and industrialisation, had resulted in the pollution of fresh water with serious adverse effects on health and wellbeing.

    While expressing the Federal Government’s gratitude to the NBA and experts, he urged all participants to show more commitment for effective and efficient implementation of all NBA projects and programmes.

    Regional Coordinator, Nexus GIZ and EU, Robert Kronefield and NBA representative, Bamidele Olatunji, said the workshop would strengthen stakeholders’ capacity in planning, policy development and implementation of the NEXUS approach.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the first phase of the NBA and German Cooperation (NBA-GIZ) NEXUS Project (2016-2020) placed strong emphasis on regional integration of the NEXUS approach and capacity building.

    The NEXUS project takes an integrated view of the water, energy and agriculture sectors, as these are all competing for the same scarce resources.

    It allows an optimal balance of interests in the use of resources, manage conflicts and human rights risks appropriately, and respect the limits of the planet’s ecological resilience.


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  •  The Federal Government has charged critical stakeholders to re double efforts towards ending open defecation by the year 2025 The Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu gave the charge on Thursday in Ibadan during the inauguration of the Oyo State Open Defecation Free Roadmap and Declaration of State of Emergency on Water Sanitation and Hygiene The minister who was represented at the occasion by the Ministry s Permanent Secretary Mrs Esther Walson Jack said that efforts and commitment of the stakeholders would make SDGs 6 on water and sanitation achievable Adamu said the inauguration of the road map to end open defection by the Oyo State government has shown that the state was ready to join the train to take Nigeria to open defection status free by year 2025 This also shows readiness of the state in keying into federal government s effort in ensuring that Nigerians have access to basic sanitation service by the year 2030 The minister urged the state government to empower institutional structures to end open defecation in the state In her remarks the UNICEF representative Dr Jane Bevan urged state actors to prioritise putting in facilities in public places and where children are educated Bevan said that safe defecation was important to break more than 50 per cent faeco oral transmission routes and prevent diseases In his address Gov Seyi Makinde said the inauguration was to create awareness for all the stakeholders and the entire populace on issues relating to water sanitation hygiene and the need to put an end to open defecation in the state Makinde who was represented by his deputy Chief Adebayo Lawal said by ranking UNICEF said that Oyo state is second in open defecation index and that is too bad for us And I think the purpose of this gathering is to create awareness so that we will know where we situate in things of this nature Within the metropolis we are facing a lot of challenges we are doing our best to ensure that refuse are cleared regularly and we need a lot more to do in terms of creating awareness and I think that engagement is ongoing as we speak The governor further pleaded with UNICEF to spread its pilot scheme on Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH in Ona Ara Local Government Area to other local government areas across the state According to him the state needs more of the pilot project more in the rural areas more than in the city Earlier the Chairman of the Oyo State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency RUWASSA Mr Najeem Ominrinde said the awareness would make individuals understand the health risk of open defecation and change their attitude Omirinde said the campaign against open defecation was presently being promoted across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Open defecation : FG tasks critical stakeholders on 2025 deadline
     The Federal Government has charged critical stakeholders to re double efforts towards ending open defecation by the year 2025 The Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu gave the charge on Thursday in Ibadan during the inauguration of the Oyo State Open Defecation Free Roadmap and Declaration of State of Emergency on Water Sanitation and Hygiene The minister who was represented at the occasion by the Ministry s Permanent Secretary Mrs Esther Walson Jack said that efforts and commitment of the stakeholders would make SDGs 6 on water and sanitation achievable Adamu said the inauguration of the road map to end open defection by the Oyo State government has shown that the state was ready to join the train to take Nigeria to open defection status free by year 2025 This also shows readiness of the state in keying into federal government s effort in ensuring that Nigerians have access to basic sanitation service by the year 2030 The minister urged the state government to empower institutional structures to end open defecation in the state In her remarks the UNICEF representative Dr Jane Bevan urged state actors to prioritise putting in facilities in public places and where children are educated Bevan said that safe defecation was important to break more than 50 per cent faeco oral transmission routes and prevent diseases In his address Gov Seyi Makinde said the inauguration was to create awareness for all the stakeholders and the entire populace on issues relating to water sanitation hygiene and the need to put an end to open defecation in the state Makinde who was represented by his deputy Chief Adebayo Lawal said by ranking UNICEF said that Oyo state is second in open defecation index and that is too bad for us And I think the purpose of this gathering is to create awareness so that we will know where we situate in things of this nature Within the metropolis we are facing a lot of challenges we are doing our best to ensure that refuse are cleared regularly and we need a lot more to do in terms of creating awareness and I think that engagement is ongoing as we speak The governor further pleaded with UNICEF to spread its pilot scheme on Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH in Ona Ara Local Government Area to other local government areas across the state According to him the state needs more of the pilot project more in the rural areas more than in the city Earlier the Chairman of the Oyo State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency RUWASSA Mr Najeem Ominrinde said the awareness would make individuals understand the health risk of open defecation and change their attitude Omirinde said the campaign against open defecation was presently being promoted across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Open defecation : FG tasks critical stakeholders on 2025 deadline
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    Open defecation : FG tasks critical stakeholders on 2025 deadline

    The Federal Government has charged critical stakeholders to re-double efforts towards ending open defecation by the year 2025.

    The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, gave the charge on Thursday in Ibadan, during the inauguration of the Oyo State Open Defecation Free Roadmap and Declaration of State of Emergency on Water Sanitation and Hygiene.

    The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Esther Walson-Jack, said that efforts and commitment of the stakeholders would make SDGs 6 on water and sanitation achievable.

    Adamu said the inauguration of the road map to end open defection by the Oyo State government has shown that the state was ready “to join the train to take Nigeria to open defection status-free by year 2025.

    “This also shows readiness of the state in keying into federal government’s effort in ensuring that Nigerians have access to basic sanitation service by the year 2030.

    ” The minister urged the state government to empower institutional structures to end open defecation in the state.

    In her remarks, the UNICEF representative, Dr Jane Bevan, urged state actors to prioritise putting in facilities in public places and where children are educated.

    Bevan said that safe defecation was important to break more than 50 per cent faeco-oral transmission routes and prevent diseases.

    In his address, Gov. Seyi Makinde said the inauguration was to create awareness for all the stakeholders and the entire populace on issues relating to water, sanitation, hygiene and the need to put an end to open defecation in the state.

    Makinde, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Adebayo Lawal, said “by ranking, UNICEF said that Oyo state is second in open defecation index and that is too bad for us.

    “And I think, the purpose of this gathering is to create awareness so that we will know where we situate in things of this nature.

    “Within the metropolis we are facing a lot of challenges, we are doing our best to ensure that refuse are cleared regularly and we need a lot more to do in terms of creating awareness and I think that engagement is ongoing as we speak.

    ” The governor further pleaded with UNICEF to spread its pilot scheme on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Ona-Ara Local Government Area to other local government areas across the state.

    According to him, the state needs more of the pilot project more in the rural areas more than in the city.

    Earlier, the Chairman of the Oyo State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr Najeem Ominrinde, said the awareness would make individuals understand the health risk of open defecation and change their attitude Omirinde said the campaign against open defecation was presently being promoted across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.


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