Ortom Sacks Heads Of Water, Sanitation Agencies For Non-Performance

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has sacked the General Manager of the state Water Board Mike Dzungu and his counterpart from the state sanitation agency, Andrew Chile for what he described as their failure to deliver on his administration’s mandate of access to potable water and clean environment.

Governor Ortom disclosed this on Tuesday, during an inspection tour of the state waterworks which began since 2013.

According to him, despite spending over five billion Naira, there is still a lack of sufficient water supply to Makurdi metropolis.

As a result of the insufficient supply, some residents of Makurdi, the state capital have to take long walks to the state water board in order to fetch water.

For others who can afford it, they have to pay between N6,000 and N12,000 for a tanker to supply water to their homes.

Consequently, the Governor has vowed to remove all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies who constitute a clog in the state’s wheel of progress as the administration continues to make effort to improve the state’s infrastructure.

FG Secures €64.7m Loan For Provision Of Potable Water In Kano

 

The Federal Government has secured a €64.7 million loan which it says would be used to provide potable water in Kano, as part of the plans towards key infrastructural reforms in the country.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, said this on Wednesday while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa.

According to her, the fund is specifically targeted towards improving the living conditions of people in Kano State through the rehabilitation of the National Urban Water Sector Reform Facility.

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The loan, which is from a French development agency, comes with an interest rate of 1.02% and a repayment period of 20 years, and a seven-year moratorium.

When completed as planned, it is expected to provide potable water for up to 1.5 million people in the state.

Osun Govt Provides 163 Water Facilities In Schools

The Osun State Government has provided about 163 water facilities and 326 gender friendly latrines in public schools for effective menstrual hygiene management.

The Programme Manager, Osun State Rural Water Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA), Alhaji Posi Adiatu stated this in Osogbo while speaking during the 2017 Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Adiatu, noted that government was committed to providing water facilities in schools in line with global best practices, so as to ease the burden of female students.

The programme manager hinted that the Menstrual Hygiene Day was meant to bring together individuals, organisations, and the media to create a united and strong voice for females around the world.

Adiatu, disclosed that the state in collaboration with EU/UNICEF and AFDB had created awareness on the perceived silence over menstruation, through a workshop for parents, teachers and school administrators.

The PM, therefore called for the full involvement of stakeholders towards the promotion and practice of proper menstrual hygiene management as well as creating the enabling environment in schools through provision of toilets and water facilities.

In a remark, the Special Adviser to the governor on RUWESA, Mr Segun Olanibi noted that the government would continue to provide necessary facilities in schools to aid teaching and learning.

Olanibi, who hinted that healthy living of citizens was key to the present administration in the state, also called for the inclusion of Menstrual Hygiene Management in the school curriculum.

The SA, however, urged residents to continue to support government in its quest to position the state for socio-economic turnaround.

Recognize Water As A Critical Human Right, Group Tells FG

Water-problem-in-NigeriaNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged government at all levels to recognize availability and access to water as a critical human right which must be complied with.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bem Angwe, who made this call as the global community observed the International World Water Day, noted that human right to water places certain responsibilities upon government to ensure that people can enjoy sufficient, safe, accessible and affordable water without discrimination.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Officer of the Commission, Fatima Mohammed, Professor Angwe advised government to take reasonable steps to avoid contaminated water supply and to ensure there are no water access distinctions amongst citizens.

The commission urged the National Assembly to hasten the passage of water-specific bills before it and for the executive arm of government to ensure the full implementation of the policies as well as step up on budgetary allocation to ensure every Nigerian has access to safe and affordable water.

Lagosians To Start Seeking Permit For Private Boreholes – Agency

The Lagos State Water Regulatory Body has informed citizens of Lagos that the trend of extracting water from the ground by both private and public bodies as well as other water-related matters would now be regulated in the state.

Speaking on Sunrise, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Tanwa Koya, said that the rumours circulating in the city about possible taxation on privately owned boreholes prompted the need to explain the issues.

Professor Lanre Fagbohun, an environmental expert who was a guest on the programme, explained that the Commission was saddled with primary duties including the protection of water resources of the state, ensure sustainable provision of water and creating a good business environment for investors.

A management expert, Mr Abimbola Onafowokan, explained that “one of the reasons the public isn’t getting quality service in provision of water is because there is one sole supplier of water, the Lagos State Water Corporation.”

He highlighted the government’s plan “to open up the industry in such a way that there can be alternative sources of getting potable water reasonably priced.”

Investors have started operations in some parts of the city albeit on a small scale, he added.

Mrs Koya revealed that the state would soon release the official Lagos State water quality standard which is the standard that would be used as benchmark against “anybody providing drinking water in Lagos,” whether it is a public or private provider.

Fagbohun also addressed rumours about water taxation. “There is no desire at all by the state to tax you for bringing out water from your boreholes,” he said adding that the agency would only “monitor, guide and advise.”

He warned that the underground water may be depleted if the trend of private bore-holes is not regulated.

Although the exercise is yet to commence, the agency said once the regulation is passed, bore hole drillers will need to be licensed before operating in the state. Also, heavy users of water will be regulated.