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Dev Partners Task C’River, Benue On Counterpart Funds

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The National Coordinator
of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborations Councils (WSSCC) Nigeria, Mrs Priscilla Achakpo, has appealed to the Cross River and Benue State Governments to pay up their counterpart funds to expand rural sanitation and hygiene promotion.
Mrs Achiakpa told newsmen in Abuja that it was important for the state governments to pay up their counterpart funds to reduce incidences of possible outbreak of preventable diseases.
She stated that such timely intervention would matchup to the Global Sanitation fund (GSF) of five million dollars to meet the sanitation and hygiene challenges in the country.
“In June 2014, the Benue and Cross Rivers State Governments indicated commitment to match the initial list financing of 5 million dollars .
These funds will expand the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN)  programme to three additional Local Government Areas in each state.
“The Federal Government further committed one million dollars to ensure that sanitation  facilities are in place in all public places and institutions across the 12 targeted Local  Governments.
“At the programme’s mid-point, the Benue and Cross River States are yet to deliver on their  . pledges,” she said.
Achakpa said the group had in September 2015 carried out evidence-based advocacy campaigns  to Benue state government, saying he confirmed that the counterpart fund was available.
“ One of the things that we must emphasise is the counterpart funding, it is very key.
“In Benue, we visited the governor in 2015, he promised and said the counterpart funding was  there, saying we should go ahead and access it.
“We have not been able to visit the Cross River State governor because their commissioners  were sworn in only last November.
“Presently, we have not been able to get the funds to enable us scale up access to rural sanitation  and hygiene,” she said.
The national coordinator also urged the three tiers of government to encourage policy makers to  increase public funding for improved sanitation and hygiene.
She said diseases caused by poor Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) are the world’s  leading causes of under-five mortality, saying Nigeria has one of the highest rates of these  diseases in Africa.
It would recalls that in June 2014, Nigeria benefitted from the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) of  five million dollars to meet the sanitation and hygiene challenges in the country.
The RUSHPIN is an initiative of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Global  Sanitation Fund, the grant giving body of the UN WSSCC.
RUSHPIN represents a landmark transition from the traditional donor-recipient relationship of most development programmes.
The innovation sees international funding matched by national, regional and local funding,  setting a framework for replication to achieve the national target of an ODF Nigeria by 2025.

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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.

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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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