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Artisans Vs LAWMA: Court Hears Settlement Report, March 27

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A Federal High Court,
Lagos, has fixed March 27, for report of settlement in a suit filed by some artisans against the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
The artisans had filed the suit in November 2012, under the aegis of Motor Mechanics and Technicians Association of Nigeria (MOMTAN), over plans by LAWMA to eject them from their place of business.
In the suit, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is also listed as a defendant.
When the case came up for hearing  Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr David Arisiola, informed the court that parties were exploring settlement options.
Justice Ibrahim Buba, therefore, fixed March 27 to hear how far the efforts being made to resolve the matter had gone.
The artisans had first filed the suit before Justice Okechukwu Okeke.
The suit was however re-assigned to Buba, following Okeke’s retirement.
In the statement of claim, MOMTAN is seeking an order restraining the defendants from ejecting its members from their workshops on Adeniji Adele Road, on Lagos Island.
The association alleged that LAWMA was threatening to eject its members from their business arena on Adeniji Adele Road in line with the state’s ongoing beautification programme.
According to the plaintiff, its members have been carrying on their businesses in the area since 1982 and have been paying taxes to the federal, state and local governments.
It would be recalled that Justice Okeke had granted an interim order restraining the defendants from taking further steps in ejecting the plaintiffs, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Okeke had also ordered hearing notices to be served on the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

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Table Water Producers Increase Price Of Satchet Water

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The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) has increased the price of sachet water.
The Tide source reports that the increase was contained in a statement signed by the ATWAP President, Clementine Ativie.
The statement said ATWAP
has raised the price of sachet (‘pure’) water to N300 per bag.
Ativie said the  decision was unanimously reached during the ATWAP national convention in Abuja.
He explained that the increment was due to current prices of material and Nigeria’s economic situation.
“The price of sachet water popularly known as pure water is now N300 per bag as the company price.
“There will be no extra bag or extra pieces henceforth for wholesale or retail buyers,” she said.
The President added that the cost of production had gone far beyond what they can bear.
She said the new rate would help them to keep up with bills and remain in business.
The statement appealed to citizens to be understanding and bear with the association.
It would be recalled ATWAP had earlier increased the price of a bag of pure water to N200 on November 11, 2021.

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PANDEF, Others Carpet FG Over Niger Delta Environment

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PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, “We The People (WTP),” have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies…
PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, We The People (WTP), have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies (IOCs), which messed up the region, are leaving the area.
They  vowed to sue the IOCs for the destruction of the environment and livelihood of the people in the course of oil exploration and exploitation.
The Executive Director of WTP, Ken Henshaw, while speaking, y in Port Harcourt, in a one-day multi-stakeholders conference on oil company divestment in the Niger Delta, said the damage done by oil companies was enough to take them to court.
Henshaw said: “I think what the oil companies have done to the Niger Delta, the environmental pollution they have caused, the livelihood lost, the destruction of the environment they engendered are well known and we’ll document health risks the companies have created. They are enough grounds to take them to court.
“We think the oil companies can be found wanting on the basis of the fact that they have, for 64 years of extraction, destroyed the traditional livelihood of the people.”
“The oil that has spilled onto the land, into the creeks and rivers of the Niger Delta region, has reduced the life expectancy in the Niger Delta region. Life expectancy in Nigeria is 54 years but life expectancy in Niger Delta is between 41 and 45 years.”
National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, said: “On the issue of divestment, we, the people of Niger Delta need to ask ourselves the question; what do we do? Niger Delta communities are occupied communities and not host communities as it were.

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NEMA ,UNDP Propose National Disaster Database For Nigeria

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have partnered to establish a national disaster database for Nigeria.
The organisations disclosed this at a two-day workshop on “creation of National Disaster Database and Risk Information Management for Sustainable and Risk-informed Development in Nigeria,”  in Abuja.
The workshop, within the context of the “Sahel Resilience Project” of the UNDP, had in attendance stakeholders from MDAs, States Emergency Management Agencies, FRSC, and the academia, among others.
NEMA Director-General, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said that the project covered seven countries in the Sahel Region of West Africa, namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
He described the project as a multi-partnership scheme implemented by UNDP, in collaboration with African Union Commission, ECOWAS, UN Women, Lake Chad Basin Commission and other regional organisations.
Ahmed said that the project was funded under the sole assistance of the Swedish Government.
According to him, the choice of the region is very germane, considering the worrisome physical and human development indices in the area.
He added that the region, which had continued to suffer drought as a major risk factor, had also been faced with continuous deterioration of livelihoods and food security.
The director-general added that the situation required concerted and collective disaster management efforts to ensure that no one was left behind, and as such, data was important.
“It is necessary to stress that management of disaster risks in the contemporary period are anchored on preparedness, mitigation, risk reduction and adaptation.
“This cannot be realised without the full deployment of both quantitative and qualitative data for disaster risk-informed decision, planning and programme implementation.
“I commend UNDP for this laudable workshop on the creation of disaster database for risk informed sustainable development in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, the Project Manager, Sahel Resilience Project, UNDP, Ms Reshmi Theckthil, added that one of the major aspects to effective disaster management was the availability of data.
She added that investment in good, accurate and accessible data would help various communities to develop resilience to disasters in the country.
The project manager also called on government to develop and implement policies that would make the created data useful in the country.

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