Nigerian Govt Changes Name Of Twitter Handle


The Federal Government has changed the name of its handle on Twitter.

It announced this in a tweet on Thursday, noting that the handle now has the name @NigeriaGov and no longer @AsoRock.

The government explained that the change of name was necessary to reflect the fact that the handle represents the Federal Government of Nigeria and exists on its behalf.

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The tweet read, “NOTIFICATION: Twitter Handle Change | From @AsoRock to @NigeriaGov, to more accurately reflect the fact that this handle represents, and exists on behalf of, the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

UN Asks Nigerian Govt To Provide Food, Shelter For Jakana Residents

UN Asks Nigerian Govt To Provide Food, Shelter For Jakana Residents


The United Nations has called on the Nigerian Government to provide humanitarian assistance to up to 10,000 women, men and children in Jakana town in Borno State.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, made the call in a statement on Wednesday by the Head of Communications, OCHA Nigeria, Samantha Newport.

Kallon also urged the government to protect the Jakana residents who he said were forced to relocate to Maiduguri, the state capital.

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He explained that the military had ordered the “immediate departure of and forced the relocation” of up to 10,000 civilians on Monday evening.

The UN envoy added that the relocation took place in the middle of the night, without prior warning as the people were transported by bus or truck from Jakana to the Bakassi Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Maiduguri.

He, however, noted that the military said the civilians were relocated for security reasons ahead of planned operations in the area.

“The entire town of Jakana was emptied, and people were forced to move to Maiduguri with very little time to collect personal belongings,” said Mr Kallon. “Some people said they arrived in Maiduguri with nothing, not even with shoes on their feet.”

He added, “The United Nations is urging the Government to urgently provide safety, shelter, food, water and medical care to the displaced civilians, in addition to information about when they will be allowed to return home.”

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners also called on the Nigeria Government to take all possible practical measures to ensure the protection of civilians.

They also asked the government to ensure full respect of the rights of individuals in accordance with its obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as well as the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

The United Nations reaffirmed its commitment to supporting national and local efforts to ensure that civilians affected by the conflict in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states can access the humanitarian assistance and protection services they require.

USAID Tasks Nigerian Govt On Water Sanitation, Hygiene

USAID, AdamawaThe United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that about 57 Million people in Nigeria do not have access to portable and clean water and are therefore vulnerable to contracting water-borne and other related diseases if nothing is done to address the situation.

The agency has committed the sum of 2.5 million dollars for the improvement of safe water and sanitation in Kaduna and Bauchi states.

At the official launching of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project (WASH) for Kaduna and Bauchi states, USAID mission Director, Mr Stephen Haykin says unsafe water and poor sanitation largely contribute to the high rate of child mortality in Nigeria.

He, however, asked all stakeholders in the water sector to join forces to ensure success in the achievement of the country’s water sanitation target, which according to him, will improve the living conditions of the people.

According to experts, only half of the nation’s population have access to portable drinking water and sanitation. This trend according to USAID and other stakeholders must be reversed if Nigeria must win the war against the child and maternal mortality.

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says it is not unmindful of the situation as it is making effort to correct the trend.

The launching of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project by USAID is to provide support to new reform-minded state governments for the immediate term, and here, Kaduna and Bauchi are the benefiting states.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai represented by his Chief of Staff, Bashir Saidu and his Bauchi state counterpart underscore the importance of water for sustainable development, hence they say they have committed many resources to the expansion of water projects in both urban and rural centres.

Apart from the infrastructural deficit in most States, stakeholders identify population explosion, obsolete legislations and rural-urban migration as some of the major challenges militating against access to clean water and poor sanitation.