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Nigeria: Fashola Commissions Igborosun Micro Water Scheme

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Saturday said that his administration was working to ensure that people in all parts of the state had access to potable water.

He said this at the commissioning of the Igborosun Micro Water Scheme in Badagry Local Government Area of the state.

Fashola, who was represented by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Adetokunbo Abiru, said that the new micro water scheme was one of the projects aimed at achieving the state’s objective.

He said that his administration was passionate about the lives of the people and would continue to inaugurate projects to complement existing water schemes until all the people had access to potable water.

“In the last six years, the government has provided 445 types of water projects of various designs in rural and semi-urban areas, based on their population and topography.

“The government has always complemented the efforts of the state water corporation with different water scheme designs in semi-urban and rural communities where the corporation is yet to extend its services.

“We are passionate about the lives of the people in Lagos State and we are determined to provide portable water for all the people across the state,” he said.

The governor disclosed that he had approved the construction of 28 additional water projects this year, promising that they would not be abandoned.

He charged the community to ensure adequate maintenance of the newly inaugurated water scheme.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr Cornelius Ojelabi, said that the water project was sited in the community to improve and transform the lives of the people of Igborosun and its environs.

He noted that with the commissioning of the water project, the health care and hygiene of the people of the area would improve.

“The micro water scheme has a production capacity of 60,000 litres of wholesome water per run and three runs per day, which will translate to 180, 000 litres per day.

“We urge the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to complement the efforts of the ministry by providing the area with regular electricity in order to maximise the capacity of the water project for the benefit of the people,” he said.

The commissioner appealed to the people to take ownership of the project and ensure that it was well maintained and protected from vandals.

He also urged them to desist from acts that could contaminate the underground water, especially through open defecation and indiscriminate dumping of refuse among others.

In his remark, the chairman of the local government, Mr Husitode Moses Dosu, advised the people to maintain the facility properly to encourage the government to implement more projects in the area.

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Nigeria: ‘Lagos Policy On Water Will Benefit Imo Citizens’

The Special Assistant to the Imo State governor on Lagos/Southwest Liaison, Hon. Lisa Asugha, has said that the move to implement policy on water supply and sanitation by the Lagos State government would be of better benefit to Imo citizens residing in Lagos.

Speaking at the sensitisation exercise which kicked off recently at Ikeja, Asugha said that the policy meant for water and sanitation areas became a major challenge to the government, when it discovered that it hugely affects the welfare of the people following the increase of population and unequalled industrial density.

She noted that the government under the Lagos State Ministry of Environment carried out a research which discovered that the quality and quantity of available surface and underground water had continued to decrease and worsen.

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, at a stakeholders’ meeting and sensitisation programme that held in Ikeja, said that the policy frame work for water and sanitation sector was paramount in the state and that the government had to create and implement a better policy that will align with the rising number of people in the state.

“A policy on water and sanitation is overdue. There must be a synergy between the two. We must ensure control of the extent at which waste water intermingles with ground water for our overall welfare. The policy will also address the issue of quantity and quality of water that is required by the ever increasing population and regulate the use of boreholes,” he said.

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Nigeria: For LSWA, Water Transportation Is It

The Lagos State Waterways Authority is not looking back in its bid to make the state’s waters a veritable avenue for transportation.

If you live in Lagos, then any piece of news that has to do with improving the chaotic traffic situation in one of the world’s fastest growing cities is bound to be of interest. One of such good news came three weeks ago when the Lagos State Waterways Authority published an invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the operation and management of ferry terminals in a couple of national dailies.

This piece of information indicates progress in the plan of the government to encourage water transportation in a state where 22 percent of its physical environment is made up of lagoons and other water bodies.

Many citizens including this writer have over time lamented the fact that the waterways in the state are grossly underutilized. And considering the fact that Lagos is projected to be the third largest city in the world with a population of around 25 million in about 10 years, the traffic situation is bound to get worse if drastic measures are not taken.

The state government seems to have realised this as it embarks on multiple ways to ease the current gridlock, which are synonymous with Nigeria’s commercial nerve-centre. Recently, there was news that a company signed a 30-year franchise agreement to operate cable cars across the metropolis. And possibly top on the list of projects meant to ease transportation in Lagos is the much-vaunted Lagos light rail project, another plan that shows the state government realises the enormity of the task ahead.

Taking to Water

While the light rail and cable car projects are still in the pipeline, the efforts of LASWA have ensured that, despite the perceived aversion of the Nigerian to water transportation, 1.2 million people commute by water monthly, according to the Lagos State agency. LASWA has also developed a master plan that makes provision for 11 major ferry routes, which include Marina to Mile 2, Ikorodu to Falomo, Badore to Five Cowries, and Mile 2 to Marina/CMS among others.

According to LASWA MD Yinka Marinho, “The idea is to open up and ramp up on our infrastructure. We plan to seamlessly connect with rail and land for an effective inter-modal transportation infrastructure within the context of the LSG Transport Master Plan. For example at Mile 2 and at Marina, you will have all three forms of transportation,” he said.

The terminals to be concessioned include Ikorodu, Badore, Mile 2 and Osbourne. Some of the features of the terminals include parking lots – up to 200 cars in most cases – estimated 200 car parking lots and are equipped with fuel dumps, provision for retail outlets including shops, banking halls and restaurants. They are in various stages of completion from Osbourne at 60 percent to Mile 2 at 100 percent.

Speaking on the model of operation the government has decided on, Marinho said: “We build it (the terminals), you (private partners) maintain it and the state gets back a return on its investment.”

He explained why this model was chosen. “The state wanted to avoid a situation where private companies would build terminals and compromise standards in the process. We decided to handle the building because of safety issues. Remember our people generally have a phobia for water so we have had to go the extra mile to construct these terminals to international standards. For example we have built in disability access to the terminals and some of the ferries will also have this feature.”

Apart from easing traffic jams on Lagos roads, Marinho stated additional benefits. “I believe this new initiative will boost tourism because we are redeveloping the social amenities around the terminals. In Ikorodu for example, there are shops at and around the terminals and people now have places where they can relax by the waterfront because of the security brought about the terminal. The initiative is encouraging more social water activities around the waterways. You can see this in the increase in the number of jet skis on our waters.”

In the long run, Lagos will surely be a more attractive place to visit devoid of traffic. If the plan can be fully actualised by taking advantage of its natural resource (water), Lagos and its residents would be the better for it.

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Nigeria: Ribena, Tetra Pak Partner On Sustainable Waste Management

Used packs and PET bottles contribute hugely to mountainous solid wastes that deface Nigerian cities, raising health and environmental concerns. Waste disposal habit of the people militate against effective waste management to attain sustainable development in Nigeria as a whole. To an average Lagos resident, refuse and domestic waste do not constitute any strange sight as streets are littered with tons of garbage.

Though efforts are being made by government and private sector operators who visit homes to collect and dispose refuse, yet inadequate education and enlightenment still bedevil waste management, especially from homes.

In a strategic move to lay a solid foundation for a sustainable programme on waste management, as well as encourage children to start early to participate in activities that would ensure an improved and protected environment adequate for health and well being, Ribena, the premium fruit drink from the stable of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Plc (GSK) is partnering with Tetra Pak, a world leader in food processing and packaging, on a campaign tagged “Drink it, Flatten it and Bin it” campaign to make life better. Ribena /Tetra Pak campaign is a school-based recycling contest requiring collection of used Tetra Pak cartons of Ribena for the production of furniture for school children in less privileged communities in Lagos State.

Expressing the thoughts behind the Ribena/Tetra Pak “Drink it, Flatten it and Bin it” campaign at the press conference held recently at GSK corporate head office , Ribena Brand Manager, Mr. Olawale Akanbi said “we believe that it is our duty as a corporate organisation to continually reinforce attitudes that will help enhance our society and preserve our environment. We are all responsible for our collective future and as a brand that is focused on improving the quality of human life, we see the need to work with the young ones with the hope to help them imbibe the right attitude towards our environment”.

Tetra Pak West Africa Communications Manager, Chidilim Menakaya said, “True to our motto, ‘Protects What’s Good’, Tetra Pak’s commitment to consumers, customers and all stakeholders goes beyond protecting the contents in a Tetra Pak carton, but also actively promoting initiatives that encourage environmental awareness and sustainability. We are always excited to partner with organisations around the globe who share our belief and commitment. I must say that we have found in Ribena, a worthy partner in driving awareness about the benefits of recycling Tetra Pak cartons and how they are ‘Good for Kids’ by providing good nutrition from the Ribena drink loved by all kids and how they are ‘Good for the Earth’ by being recyclable.”

She reiterated the fact that kids can play a role in protecting the environment. Every time they pick up a pack of Ribena, they have the opportunity to create a greener tomorrow. As they are made primarily from renewable resources, Tetra Pak cartons can be recycled into benches, chairs, books, roofing sheets and much more, after you drink, flatten and bin them. “It is our sincere hope that the participants will through this programme learn enduring lessons about how to relate with the environment and on the long run play their part in helping to protect what is good–our environment.”

According to Akanbi, the Ribena/Tetra Pak “Drink it, Flatten it and Bin it” adapts a very simple style that is captured by the title of the campaign which is couched from the process involved – drink and empty the Ribena carton pack, flatten it irrespective of the pack size and then bin it in the special branded Ribena bins that have been stationed in each participating school.

A combination of volunteers from GSK -makers of Ribena and Tetra Pak went on an awareness campaign in all the schools over a period of about six weeks to educate the children and ensure that they understand exactly what the campaign is all about.

Schools in Dustbin Estate in Ajegunle have been designated as the beneficiary of the project as the Ribena – Tetra Pak project will be donating schools furniture produced from the recycled used cartons to the school. Ribena/Tetra Pak “Drink it, Flatten it and Bin it” campaign will be working together with recyclers to ensure that the used Tetra Pak cartons gathered by each school are moved regularly to the recycling site to avoid littering of the school.

It was further revealed that the Ribena/Tetra Pak “Drink it, Flatten it and Bin it” campaign has already kicked off in 20 schools in Lagos State, among which are Tender Stars School, Corona School, Fasta International School, Mind Builders School, Dansol School, Trinity School, Airforce Primary School, Little Saints Montessori School, Primerose School and Chrisland Schools. Other Schools that are participating in the Ribena – Tetra Pak recycling project are Green Springs School, Vicsum Schools, Sunny Side School, Little Rock School, Tender Cradle Schools, Lesorond School, Kingdom Heritage School, Tripple Cross School and Tomobid School.

The Ribena/Tetra Pak “Drink it, Flatten it and Bin it” Campaign is designed with a two-level contest that allows for inter-schools completion as well as intre-school competition. At the inter-school level, all the twenty schools that are participating in the project collect as much of used Ribena cartons as possible. While at the intra-school level, each school is to divide the students into art and craft groups that will work together with the assistance of their teachers to creatively recycle some of the cartons by converting them into pieces of artwork.

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