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  •  The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has called on tiers of government to make funds available to cater for the Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH needs of citizens Mr Benson Attah NEWSAN National Coordinator made the call at the Post 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All SWA news conference hellip
    CSOs want special fund for water, sanitation, hygiene in Nigeria
     The Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN has called on tiers of government to make funds available to cater for the Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH needs of citizens Mr Benson Attah NEWSAN National Coordinator made the call at the Post 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All SWA news conference hellip
    CSOs want special fund for water, sanitation, hygiene in Nigeria
    Environment1 month ago

    CSOs want special fund for water, sanitation, hygiene in Nigeria

    The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has called on tiers of government to make funds available to cater for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) needs of citizens.

    Mr Benson Attah, NEWSAN National Coordinator, made the call at the Post 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) news conference in Abuja.

    According to him, tiers of government should prioritise improving access to potable water and sanitation, as it is critical to meeting all other sustainable development goals in the country.

    “States must support the institutionalising of a National WASH fund, states must make it a priority and support the local government to live up to its responsibilities.

    “We want a local government system that transforms the WASH unit into a department, thereby allocating budgets for building sanitation facilities and water points.’’

    The national coordinator said NEWSAN was working on a project to hold aspirants seeking elective positions accountable to prioritise access to water and sanitation.

    He said there was need for citizens to hold political leaders accountable at all times, to improve access to potable water and sanitation.

    “We are working on engaging aspirants into elective positions to hold them to account and this will be done by signing a pledge card that will show the commitment and we will monitor them.

    “We cannot afford to be complacent in this country; Nigeria has no business recording continuous cases of water-borne diseases.

    “Most occurrences can be linked to low political will to do things right, we must reduce the disease burden in the country.’’

    He, however, urged the media to help monitor the prioritisation of WASH services in parts of the country, saying this could be done through advocacy and reportage of issues.

    Attah said over the years, NEWSAN had made extensive efforts at ensuring that WASH took central stage in Nigeria with support and collaboration of the Sanitation and Water for All organisation.

    He, however, pledged the commitment of the organisation to improve WASH service delivery across the country, saying this was being done through engagement with key stakeholders.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, had also pledged government’s commitment at the just concluded SWA sector ministers’ meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Part of the commitment includes the need for countries to undertake the necessary reforms to guarantee the human rights to water and sanitation for all, always and everywhere.

    It also stressed the need to improve sector performance to attract new finance and managing existing funds, and to increase prioritisation of climate-resilient water and sanitation in national budgets.

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  •  Sanitation and Water for All partnership SWA and the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF have urged world leaders to invest in water and sanitation facilities to avoid the risk of another pandemic The Chief Executive Officer SWA Ms Catarina de Albuquerque said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in hellip
    SWA, UNICEF task world leaders on sanitation, water facilities
     Sanitation and Water for All partnership SWA and the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF have urged world leaders to invest in water and sanitation facilities to avoid the risk of another pandemic The Chief Executive Officer SWA Ms Catarina de Albuquerque said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in hellip
    SWA, UNICEF task world leaders on sanitation, water facilities
    Environment2 months ago

    SWA, UNICEF task world leaders on sanitation, water facilities

    Sanitation and Water for All partnership (SWA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have urged world leaders to invest in water and sanitation facilities to avoid the risk of another pandemic.

    The Chief Executive Officer, SWA, Ms Catarina de Albuquerque, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

    NAN reports that SWA links up governments, donors, civil society and multilateral organisations to work together and take action to tackle the sanitation and water crisis.

    Albuquerque called on world leaders to learn from the mistakes of the COVID-19 pandemic and invest in sanitation facilities.

    “Leaders and decision-makers have a choice. Our mistakes during COVID-19 have demonstrated the immense cost of inaction, but we have the wisdom to learn from them.

    “We can invest heavily in pandemic prevention and mitigation, including ensuring that communities everywhere have access to clean water, and reliable hygiene and sanitation services.

    “Or we can ignore the catastrophic lessons learned, placing the world at grave risk for future public health threats.

    “We do not have to wait for the next pandemic to take action. There are other global health crises happening right now, responsible for the deaths of millions that can be solved by prioritising the provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

    “From cholera to coronavirus, the message for government leaders is clear: ‘if we want to get ahead of the next pandemic, we must urgently invest in water, sanitation, and hygiene.’

    “To make any other choice could have devastating consequences,” Albuquerque said.

    She said that the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadliest viral outbreak, in the world over a century might not be the last in our lifetime.

    Albuquerque said that the question of another global health crisis was “not if, but when.”

    She said that in spite of the imminent threat, the 2021 Global Health Security Index, estimated that 195 countries remained dangerously unprepared for future pandemics.

    “Additionally, only 33 countries have emergency preparedness and response plans in place that include considerations for vulnerable populations.

    “Our collective failure to invest in preventative measures means that when diseases appear they can rage out of control, destroying lives and triggering massive health crises that take decades to resolve.

    “We can either allow this information to scare us or we can use it to prepare us.

    “One urgent policy solution for preventing disease is universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene,” she said.

    Albuquerque said that access to clean water was also vital to disease prevention beyond COVID-19.

    She added that nearly 1.8 billion people use contaminated drinking water, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, polio, and typhoid fever.

    Albuquerque said that inadequate management of waste was one of the attributing factors of Ebola transmission in West Africa that resulted in the deaths of thousands of people.

    She also stated that the World Health Organisation had recommended water and sanitation improvements as a vital first line of defence.

    “Our sanitation services are not just vital to stopping the spread of disease but also to understanding its impact,” she said.

    Albuquerque in the statement announced SWA collaboration with UNICEF to host a meeting on how to stop infectious diseases through investment in water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as through vigorous action on climate change.

    She said that the meeting slated for May 18 and 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, would bring together world ministers of finance and ministers of water, sanitation, health, and climate. (

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  •  Nigeria has been named the official host of the World Toilet Summit 2022 scheduled for November 2022 Mr Jack Sim founder of the World Toilet Organization WTO made this announcement at a virtual meeting of water sanitation and hygiene stakeholders and development partners on Wednesday According to Sim the member countries of the United Nations hellip
    Nigeria to host 2022 World Toilet Summit in November
     Nigeria has been named the official host of the World Toilet Summit 2022 scheduled for November 2022 Mr Jack Sim founder of the World Toilet Organization WTO made this announcement at a virtual meeting of water sanitation and hygiene stakeholders and development partners on Wednesday According to Sim the member countries of the United Nations hellip
    Nigeria to host 2022 World Toilet Summit in November
    Environment4 months ago

    Nigeria to host 2022 World Toilet Summit in November

    Nigeria has been named the official host of the World Toilet Summit 2022, scheduled for November 2022.

    Mr. Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO), made this announcement at a virtual meeting of water sanitation and hygiene stakeholders and development partners on Wednesday.

    According to Sim, the member countries of the United Nations in 2013 unanimously adopted November 19 as the day to raise awareness about access to toilets.

    He said that the summit would be a great opportunity for its members to come to Nigeria and look at ways to address their sanitation challenges.

    He noted that the Nigerian selection was an opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive forward the intended change.

    Also speaking during the Zoom meeting, Ms. Caterina De Albuquerque, Executive Director of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), noted that sanitation was at one point undiscussed and almost forgotten globally.

    He applauded Nigeria's leadership in prioritizing water, sanitation and hygiene, and stressed that Nigeria's example would inspire other African countries to follow suit.

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

    He stressed that the private sector had a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while facilitating job creation.

    He said that the three key objectives of SWA include; building and maintaining political will, championing multi-stakeholder collaboration, and facilitating strategies to attract new investment.

    In his remarks, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, noted that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for the 2022 World Toilet Summit was a positive development.

    He stressed that the choice of Nigeria to host the Summit came at a time when Nigeria had made concrete plans to exit the community of nations that practice open defecation.

    The Minister recalled that the 'Open Defecation Free' (ODF) Campaign was launched in November 2019 and aimed to mobilize high-level political support, resources and the entire population to build a new culture of safe sanitation.

    He recognized that Nigeria needs all the necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains ground with all stakeholders doing their part.

    “I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a real platform for mobilizing the private sector and other critical stakeholders to address the challenge of open defecation in the country.”

    He agreed with SWA Executive Director Catarina De Albuquerque's view that high-level engagement was key to bringing together international delegates and stakeholders for the campaign.

    The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), Ms. Didi Walson-Jack, acknowledged and thanked all stakeholders and development partners present at the meeting.

    He reported that joint commitment to achieve the World Toilet Summit would take Nigeria to the next level.

    The private sector, development partners and stakeholders praised the initiative and pledged their support to host a successful summit.

    Also read: Adamawa community will provide 250 toilets – official

    Private sector and development partners present at the meeting were the World Bank, UNICEF. Reckitt, Coca-Cola, Tolaram Group, FMDQ and Guinness Nigeria.

    The World Toilet Organization is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitary conditions worldwide. It was founded in 2001 with 15 members and has now grown to 151 member organizations in 53 countries.

  •  Former Immediate Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI Waziri Adio and former Daily Trust Publisher Mahmud Jega have joined ARISE and THISDAY as Contributing Editors A statement from THISDAY CEO Eniola Bello said they will also be members of the Editorial Board which now includes Paul Nwabuiku Sonny Aragba Akpore Yemi Adamolekun hellip
    Waziri Adio, Mahmud Jega, Gimba Kakanda, others join Thisday editorial board
     Former Immediate Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI Waziri Adio and former Daily Trust Publisher Mahmud Jega have joined ARISE and THISDAY as Contributing Editors A statement from THISDAY CEO Eniola Bello said they will also be members of the Editorial Board which now includes Paul Nwabuiku Sonny Aragba Akpore Yemi Adamolekun hellip
    Waziri Adio, Mahmud Jega, Gimba Kakanda, others join Thisday editorial board
    Headlines6 months ago

    Waziri Adio, Mahmud Jega, Gimba Kakanda, others join Thisday editorial board

    Former Immediate Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Waziri Adio and former Daily Trust Publisher Mahmud Jega have joined ARISE and THISDAY as Contributing Editors.

    A statement from THISDAY CEO Eniola Bello said they will also be members of the Editorial Board which now includes Paul Nwabuiku, Sonny Aragba-Akpore, Yemi Adamolekun, Gimba Kakanda and Aisha Shuaibu.

    The statement added that Chidi Amuta and Okey Ikechukwu remain members of the Editorial Board chaired by Olusegun Adeniyi.

    He said that rejuvenating the editorial board is an ongoing process that will bring on board respected professionals with the necessary experience and exposure in different fields.

    “New members, with fresh ideas and energy, will bring strong commitments to Board discussions on issues that will shape the 2023 election,” Bello said.

    Goodbye Waziri

    Prior to his assignment at NEITI, Adio had held senior positions in different organizations, from Editor and Columnist at THISDAY Newspapers, Special Advisor to the President of the Senate, Communication Specialist at UNDP, etc. Adio earned his first degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and another Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was, at different times, a Fellow of the Neiman Foundation for Journalism. and Edward S. Mason Fellow in public policy and management. He is also a member of the fifth class of the Africa-West Africa Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

    Mahmoud Jega

    Following his time as Professor of Biological Sciences at his alma mater, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Jega has practiced journalism non-stop for more than three decades. For a total of 13 years, he was Managing Editor, Publisher, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of the Editorial Board of Daily Trust Newspapers. Prior to that, Jega was editor of New Nigerian Newspapers, editor of The Sentinel magazine, Kaduna, and assistant editor of Citizen magazine.

    PAUL NWABUIKU

    A pioneering member of the editorial board of THISDAY, Paul Nwabuiku, who also served on the editorial board of The Guardian, is a respected public intellectual with decades of experience in journalism, advertising and public communication. Nwabuiku, winner of the DAME Awards for Informed Commentary, twice served as Special Advisor to former Finance Minister and current World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and played a key role in the communication of Obasanjo's reforms, as well as in the economic initiatives of the Jonathan years. Nwabuiku has a first degree in mass communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA from the University of Jos.

    SONNY ARAGBA-AKPORE

    Sonny Aragba-Akpore has a related media practice spanning more than three decades. In July 2010, he was appointed Deputy General Manager/Head of Corporate Communications at Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd with a mandate to change the media fortunes of this government agency after a satellite failed in orbit. Following his success in that task, Sonny was invited by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to change the telecoms regulator's media profile. In November 2014, he became NCC's Deputy Director/Head of Media and Public Relations, a position he held until his retirement in July 2020. Sonny attended the University of Lagos and holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English. He is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

    YEMI ADAMOLEKUN

    Currently the Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a non-partisan network of individuals and organizations committed to building a culture of good governance and public responsibility in the country, Adamolekun has a diverse 23-year career spanning the public and private sector. sectors She began her career in the United States as a management consultant with Navigant Consulting, before returning to Nigeria to work for Alder Consulting. In 2018, she was named one of the most influential people of African descent (MIPAD), endorsed by the United Nations in the Humanitarian and Religious category. In 2019, Adamolekun joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Africa Program in the US as a non-resident Senior Associate. Adamolekun has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Virginia; a Master of Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Master of Business Administration from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

    GIMBA KAKANDA

    Gimba Kakanda is a noted public affairs analyst, foreign policy and media consultant, and author. He has contributed to extensive local and international media outlets, and currently maintains a weekly column with the Daily Trust on Sundays, and also contributes on foreign policy to Aljazeera.

    Kakanda holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) and is an alumnus of the University of Iowa's prestigious International Writing Program. He is the founder of DMC, a communication and strategy consulting firm based in Iowa. Abuja.

    With a large social media following, Kakanda has been serially ranked as one of the most influential voices in Nigerian politics for influencing and driving conversations about Nigerian politics, foreign policy and socio-economic dynamics. He is also a leading voice in intergenerational conversations in politics.

    AISHA SHUAIBU

    A business consultant with a decade of experience in strategic and brand management, Ms. Aisha Shuaibu is CEO of Waffle Way in Abuja and President of SWA Sports, an initiative that promotes local talent in kickboxing, wrestling and taekwondo. Ms. Shuaibu obtained her B Sc in Business Studies from the University of Bedfordshire, Luton in the UK and her Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Bahcesehir University, Istanbul.

  •  Investing in the water and sanitation WASH sector in Africa is crucial to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 which calls for universal access to clean water sanitation and hygiene This indication was given by the African Development Bank s Acting Vice President for Agriculture Human and Social Development Wambui Gichuri at a meeting of African hellip
    Investing in WASH Africa is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 – AfDB
     Investing in the water and sanitation WASH sector in Africa is crucial to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 which calls for universal access to clean water sanitation and hygiene This indication was given by the African Development Bank s Acting Vice President for Agriculture Human and Social Development Wambui Gichuri at a meeting of African hellip
    Investing in WASH Africa is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 – AfDB
    Environment2 years ago

    Investing in WASH Africa is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 – AfDB

    Investing in the water and sanitation (WASH) sector in Africa is crucial to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

    This indication was given by the African Development Bank’s Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Wambui Gichuri, at a meeting of African finance ministers’ high-level virtual meeting.

    Some 50 African finance ministers attended the high-level virtual meeting that discussed the crucial role of water, sanitation and hygiene to the African economy, people and environment, during and after COVID-19 pandemic.

    The meeting was convened by the Bank, together with Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), a global partnership committed to achieving universal access to potable water and adequate sanitation.

    According to a press release issued by the AfDB on Tuesday, Gichuri told the ministers that investing in new systems provides job opportunities, especially for the young, and sets up a decades-long stream of future health, economic and social benefits.

    She pointed out that the financing gap between the current state of WASH in Africa and what is needed to achieve the SDG6 remains huge.

    “In Sub-Saharan Africa, the annual investment required to meet SDG6 has been estimated at US$35 billion per year. In North Africa, the amount is US$4 billion per year. This is many times more than what has historically been invested.

    “As part of the UN Water Global Assessment and Analysis of Sanitation and Drinking-Water Survey, a small sample indicated finance gaps of between 39% for urban water supply and 78% for rural water supply,” Gichuri said.

    She said the pandemic had amplified these challenges, leading governments to introduce legislation to ensure that their people continue to access lifesaving water and practise hand washing.

    However, most African water utility service providers cannot collect payment for customer water usage, leading to further financial stresses and over-stretched resources.

    Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and the current SWA High-level Chair, told the African finance ministers that WASH projects made for good politics at the local, regional, and national levels.

    “These are areas where you can deliver to local communities and it’s, therefore, a good news story for finance ministers, prime ministers, presidents, and sector ministers as they seek their reelection,” Rudd said.

    Catarina de Albuquerque, SWA Chief Executive Officer, urged the finance ministers to create and maintain the necessary partnerships to guarantee investments and more intelligent investments in the water and sanitation sector.

    As finance ministers, they are expected to provide solutions that would help Africa close the financing gap in water supply through a combination of measures, including maximising the use of existing resources and mobilising additional finance from taxes, tariffs and transfers, she added.

    Gichuri reassured participants that the Bank would continue to prioritise the search for solutions to the WASH sector’s financing challenges. The AfDB invested around $6.2 billion in WASH services over the past decade and mobilised an estimated $150 million in climate finance from the Global Environmental Facility and the Green Climate Fund to co-finance water sector projects.

    This investment has provided an estimated 52 million people access to improved water supply and sanitation services. Bank water sector investments aim to provide an additional 154 million people with the same, across Africa, with greater emphasis on private sector participation, as an option to sustainable management and financing of water services.

    The Africa Finance Ministers’ Meeting is one of three regional gatherings organised by the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

    VAO


    Edited By: Vincent Obi
    Source: NAN