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FG Targets Women For Water Programme

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The Federal Government says plans are under way to establish water kiosks and sanitation facilities that will be strictly managed by women and girls in the FCT, to boost women empowerment.

The Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Samuel Ome said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, recently.

The Tide recalls that the Minster of Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, had earlier hinted that the ministry would embark on a low cost high impact empowerment programme for girls and women.

The pilot programme, she said, would be done in collaboration with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The programme aims to create key target, employment and wealth for girls and women through the management of water kiosk facilities, water supply schemes and other related economic activities.

Ome said that the programme was targeted at increasing women and girls’ access to adequate, appropriate and safe management of waste water sanitation facilities in public places.

The programme would in turn, reduce incidences of water borne diseases and other challenges associated with inadequate water supply and sanitation facilities.

While expatiating on the details of the programme, Ome said the ministries were working out intricacies towards building water kiosks and sanitation facilities in bus terminals, shops and schools, for public use.

“Looking at empowerment of women and girls, gender empowerment, gender is a cross-cutting issue.

“We are working on one— take the ladies for instance, in all our motor parks, you find that most of them hardly address the issue of nature in most public places and they endure, the inconveniences that are there.

“We recognise that in schools also, the reason is that the male and female cultural practices are different; a man may choose to turn behind and do his thing but a lady won’t do that so she bears that pain and whatever inconveniences.

“So we are looking at such public places like markets, motor parks and all these schools and  most of them are not hygienically sound.

“What type of level of sanitation do we introduce there to improve it? if you have gone to some motor parks, bus terminals, bus stops here and there, you see how people half way of the journey they come down, to look for where to ease themselves and such things.

“We are looking at all such areas that particular people, segment of society are disadvantaged, what can we do.

“Government wants to show example, other communities and individuals can come in to complement.”

Ome said that the move by the government would encourage women and girls’ participation at community levels in water management operations and enhance their capacity to take ownership of water schemes.

“It will involve source of water where they can manage water points and its distribution.

“We have also hygienic sanitation environment like toilets and washrooms where people can ease themselves and be happy to use the facility.

“So that is the philosophy of it, and it will lead to the empowerment of keeping them busy, generating some income for them.

“At the same time, providing service and keeping the environment clean and neat so we are still working on it.”

The Ministry of Water Resources, apart from creating these kiosks, hopes to train women on how to get involved in water contract jobs for better economic empowerment.

These women programmes would also be used to acquire statistical data for future water projects in their localities, he said.

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CSOs Partner Govt On Climate Change

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Some civil society organisations have expressed their willingness to partner with the government to address climate change and other environmental challenges in the new year.
Some of the organisations include, the Nigeria Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement at the SDG’s (NCSfPAS) GIFSED, Climate and Sustainable network as well as Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Gender and Environmental Initiatives (GERI).
The Tide source in Abuja reported the Executive Director of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem preservation, Mr. David Terugwa as saying that they were ready to partner government with view to addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.
For us, we are looking at those areas where we can come in and assist and to be partners with the government.
Project Lead, CSDeu Net, Mr. Pius Oko, said that the group will support the government and other stakeholders in the implementation of the law.
“We are here today to make a step forward. We want to first highlight the issues that concern the impact in climate change and have a tangible solution to such problems.
Executive-Director, WEP,Mrs Anne-Marie Abaogu said CSOs were set to develop a partnership that would implement framework to reverse the ugly trend of climate change in the country.

By: Oribim Ibama

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Monarch Advises Community On Sanitation

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The Onuayekein /Amanyanabo of Obonoma Community, King Enenibofori Dateme Obonogina, has charged the community to take the issue of sanitation seriously. Speaking at an interative session recently in the community, the Obonogina said all grasses and bushes must be cleared to expose the face of the community.
He said the situation will improve the hygienic and aesthetic conditions of the community. King Dateme said the community will expand the road recently commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to enable it include more of its hinterland communities.
He said the expansion of the road will boost farming and fishing activities in the areas as well as enable more farmers and fishermen to evacuate their produce to the markets thereby boosting the economy of the area.
He said the community will liaise with Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a view to developing the areas. King Dateme also stressed the need for unity and love among the people. According to him, when there is love, there will be peace and development of the community.
Also speaking, Professor Anyamebo Okorosoye Orubite, urged the people to cultivate the spirit of self help instead of relying solely on government for the development of their communities.
He also said that arrangements were on to build a Kalabari University at Semoo.

By: Oribim Ibama

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NOA Charges Nigerians On Illegal Oil Bunkering

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National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to regard any money generated from illegal oil bunkering business also known as “Kpofire” business as blood money.
Rivers State Director of the Agency, Barrister Young Ayotamuno, made the call in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt.
Ayotamuno also said kpofire business also negated the right to life of Nigerians.
According to him, citizen’s constitutional rights to life are being breached by the proliferation of illegal refinaries in the region.
Ayotamuno, who said deaths related to respiratory tract infection is likely to increase in the next few years in the region also described as baseless, arguments that poverty and unemployment are responsible for the rising cases of illegal oil bunkering activities in the Niger Delta.
“You cannot use poverty to justify the breaking of pipelines, which is a critical national asset”, stressing that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) will continue to sensitise members of the public on the need to protect the nation’s asset.
The NOA director also commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for directing local government chairmen in the state to monitor their areas and ensure the stoppage of illegal oil bunkering activities in their domains.
“NOA is thanking Governor Wike for asking local government chairmen to monitor their areas.
“NOA will continue to sensitise members of the public that you cannot use poverty to justify the breaking of pipelines which is a national assets”.
“The consequence of illegal refinery is that it negates the right to life of the citizen.
“Peoples Constitutional Right to Life is being negated. Peoples environment is being destroyed”, he said.
He said stopping the nefarious activities require a lot of political will add “we must work with state government and federal government to curb it. “Kpofire money is blood money” he declared.
Ayotamuno said the society cannot be battling kpofire and Covid-19 at the same time as reports had it that both incidences are responsible for series of respiratory infections.
He also called on the government to revisit the issues of modular refineries as well as the stoppage of gas flaring in the country.
The NOA Director also called for a half to the practice of burning of tyres and that of bush burning, while destruction of illegal petroleum vessels by military should be stopped.

By: John Bibor

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