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Nigeria: Water Intervention – Bauchi May Lose Funds

Bauchi State Government may likely lose out on the World Bank fifty million dollars ($50,000,000.00) and the Federal Government’s (FG) One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000.00) intervention in the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation sector, if the new water law is not passed by the state.

The team leader of USAID funded project in Bauchi, Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA), Engineer Hossana John Dajan stated this in a workshop organized by SUWASA in Abuja yesterday.

The team leader who applauded Bauchi State Government for coming first at the just concluded third National Urban Water Sector Reform Project accreditation exercise conducted by the World bank, however said that, even though the state came first in the accreditation exercise, the water law bill is the most important requirement that can guarantee the intervention from both World Bank and the FG.

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Nigeria: FCT Administration Completes Lower Usuma Dam Water Project

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has announced the completion of the multi-billion naira Phases III and IV Water Treatment Plants at the Lower Usuma Dam, Bwari, Abuja, which was awarded by the FCT Administration on November, 2011.

Mohammed who stated this Tuesday as one of the highpoint of the Bi-Monthly FCT Operations Briefing Session at the Banquet Hall, FCT Minister’s Residence, Abuja, noted that its is line with the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government and the promise made to the residents of the Nation’s Capital.

The Minister disclosed that the FCTA has already linked these Water Treatment Plants to the existing Phases 1 & 2 Water Treatment Plants being used by the entire 250 Square kilometers of the Federal Capital City, Abuja as well as some of its suburbs.

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Nigeria: Rivers Commissions Water Project in Ogoni Land

Port Harcourt — Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, said at the weekend that completion of multi million naira water project in Ogoni communities by the Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s administration is a clear testimony that the administration is grass-root oriented.

The deputy speaker, who spoke at the commissioning of a water project in Khana Constituency 11 of Ogoni, said the project was part of the many projects the people of Ogoni will benefit from the present administration.

Kwanee, who represents Khana Constituency 11 in the Assembly, said although the projects was suggested by him as his 2013 constituency project for the area in fulfilment of his campaign promises, the Amaechi administration deserved great commendation for the expeditious completion.

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Nigeria: Abuja Airport, Uniabuja, Gwagwalada to Experience Water Disruption for Three Days – Official

The Abuja administration has announced that there will be no water in various parts of the Nigerian capital for three days.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press secretary to the Abuja minister, Muhammad Sule, the disruption in water supply will last from August 23 – 25.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, University of Abuja and Gwagwalada town will be affected, the spokesman said.

Mr. Sule said the disruption will be necessitated by the construction work going on at the Abuja Rail project along that axis to make room for the relocation of a major water trunk line.

The residents dwelling along these axes are advised to store enough water that will last for this period, as normal water supply will be restored by Monday, August 26.

The administration said it regrets any inconveniences this might cause those residing along the axis.

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Nigeria: EU Donates 14.25m Euros for Water, Sanitation in Nigeria – UNICEF Official

The European Union (EU) has allocated 14.25 million euros to the a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector in Nigeria through UNICEF for the improvement of the sector, a UNICEF official has said.

Mr Kanan Nadar, the UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Chief made this known in an interview withe the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Nadar said that the amount was allocated to the sector as part of the EU support to improve sanitation in the country.

He said that the money would be used to execute projects in three states — Plateau, Adamawa and Ekiti — because they were rated lower than 30 per cent in sanitation coverage.

“14.25 million euro was the specific allocation for the WASH sector and looking at three states which are Plateau, Ekiti and Adamawa.

“The EU support to the Nigeria WASH sector had always been there for sometime and some of these states like Plateau, Ekiti and Adamawa have been part of the support.

“If you look at Plateau and Ekiti, their coverage for water and sanitation together is less than 20 per cent; for Adamawa it’s about 27.2 per cent.

“If you look at sanitation, except for Adamawa which is 36 per cent, others are less hitting 26.9 per cent, which is less than the average of 31 per cent.”

According to him, the project is at the inception stage currently, which is establishing baseline and assisting local government areas in the states to double their investment plan.

He noted that the present stage would take about one year, adding that the project would run for five years for the desired goal to be achieved.

Nadar told NAN that the aim of the project was to achieve complete Open Defecation Free status in these states and to provide adequate access to water supply.

He said that the EU was also supporting 14 other states in the country through UNICEF, to ensure total sanitation coverage and adequate access to good water supply.

The WASH chief noted that Nigeria accounted for a significant portion the high mortality rate of children under the age of five in Africa.

He identified the major cause of the high mortality rate as inadequate hygiene management and the lack of access to potable water, resulting to water-borne diseases.

“In Africa, mortality rate of children under the age of five is significantly high unlike in Asia, where it has drastically reduced since 1990.

“And Nigeria is a big contributor to this burden; So for us at UNICEF, it is a burden because WASH is one of the underlining causes for this high under five mortality rate.”

He added that the absence of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Departments in many local government areas in the country constituted a major challenge to UNICEF’s work.

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Nigeria: EU Donates £14.25m for Water, Sanitation in Nigeria

The European Union (EU) has allocated £14.25 million to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Nigeria through UNICEF for the improvement of the sector, a UNICEF official said Thursday.

The UNICEF WASH Chief, Mr. Kanan Nadar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Nadar said the amount was allocated to the sector as part of the EU support to improve sanitation in the country, adding that the money would be used to execute projects in three states-Plateau, Adamawa and Ekiti-because they were rated lower than 30 per cent in sanitation coverage.

“£14.25 million euro was the specific allocation for the sector in the three states. The EU support to the sector had always been there for some time and some of these states have been part of the support.

“If you look at Plateau and Ekiti States, their coverage for water and sanitation it is less than 20 per cent while Adamawa State has about 27.2 per cent.

“If you look at sanitation, except for Adamawa State, which is 36 per cent, others are less hitting 26.9 per cent, which was less than the average of 31 per cent,” Nadar said.

According to him, the project was at the inception stage currently, which was establishing baseline and assisting local government areas in the states to double their investment plan.

He noted that the present stage would take about one year, adding that the project would run for five years for the desired goal to be achieved.

Nadar told NAN that the aim of the project was to achieve complete ‘Open Defecation Free’ status in these states and to provide adequate access to water supply. He said the EU was also supporting 14 other states in the country through UNICEF to ensure total sanitation coverage and adequate access to good water supply.

The WASH chief noted that Nigeria accounted for a significant portion of the high mortality rate of children under the age of five in Africa.

He identified the major cause of the high mortality rate as inadequate hygiene management and the lack of access to potable water, resulting to water-borne diseases.

“In Africa, mortality rate of children under the age of five is significantly high unlike in Asia, where it has drastically reduced since 1990.

“Nigeria is a big contributor to this burden. So for us at UNICEF, it is a burden because WASH is one of the underlining causes for this high under five mortality rate.’

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Nigeria: UK Group Sets to Hold Water, Building Exhibition in Abuja

A United Kingdom-based group, Ace Event Management, is set to hold another edition of its trade exhibition on ‘Water for Africa and Building Construction for West Africa.’

This was made known to THISDAY in a statement signed by the Project Coordinator, Tracey Nolan-Shaw, Thursday.

She said the exhibition, which made its debut in Nigeria in May 2012, recorded a huge success with the support of four federal ministries, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Nigeria Water and Sanitation Association and the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

According to Nolan-Shaw, the exhibition which is scheduled to hold in Abuja from November 25 to 27, would showcase new tools, machineries and techniques for the housing and infrastructure construction sector.

“The exhibition is aimed at helping those providing civil engineering and housing projects in West Africa to see new materials and machinery for use in construction as well as provide a working avenue to talk to experts and see how best to use them.

“A good number of these exhibitors are often new to the West African market and will be looking for local partners to help them sell and distribute their products and services here,” she said.

The project coordinator noted that the seminars would provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitor to identify the problems and needs of the water and built sectors in region and to provide information of their products and services.

Nolan-Shaw, while describing the success recorded by the exhibition earlier in Ghana this year, said the event was an opportunity for companies to again put their products and services before purchasers from states and local governments, industries, non-governmental organisation among other key players in the development of the entire West African region.

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Nigeria: ‘Blame FG for Kankia Dam Collapse’

Katsina — The lawmaker representing Kaita/Kusada/Ingawa federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmad Usman Babba Kaita, has blamed the Federal Government for the recent collapse of Kankia dam.

In a statement, Kaita accused the Federal Government of withholding funds meant for the rehabilitation of the dam, which he said was included in 2012 budget. He said the contract was in the 2012 budget, but that apart from the N40 million mobilization funds the Federal Government released for the rehabilitation of Kankia and Kusada dams, it has not released any other money for the project.

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Nigeria: Nigeria Gets Additional U.S.$350 Million Fund for Water Resources

Apart from the initial $550 million fund given by the World Bank to assist Nigeria to attain her transformation agenda in the water sector, the country is to get additional $350 million from the same international bank before year 2014.

This assistance, according to the Head of Private Public Partnership (PPP) and the Director, Urban Water Sector Reform, Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Benson Ajisegiri, is coming on the heel of the manner the initial money was utilised by the ministry.

Ajisegiri, who spoke in Abuja, during the 2nd Training Workshop on Water Agencies Performance Assessment and Benchmarking, was optimistic that the forthcoming money would go a very long way in actualising the Vision 20-20-20 goal of water resources in Nigeria.

In his words: “Earlier, we have been faced with the problem of non-availability of safe and adequate water supply and resources, but with the initial $500 million assistance we received from the World Bank and the second face of $350 million coming up before 2014, Nigeria will be well sufficient in the area of water resource.”

He explained that the money would be distributed to 12 States, with two from each geo-political zone of the country.

Earlier in his address, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Alhaji Baba Umar Farouk, had called on State governments to give water agencies the necessary support, which he said included the autonomy that would enable them achieve their tasks.

While expressing satisfaction on the growth of water sector despite the difficulties faced by the ministry, which he said included low revenue from customers, weak finances, and neglect of maintenance and assets deterioration, Farouk insisted that the growth would need to be commensurate with the demand of the country’s population growth.

He said: “It is no news that the United Nations World Water Development has reported that the overall economic loss in Africa alone due to lack of access to safe water and basic sanitation is estimated at $28.4 billion a year, which is around five per cent of our GDP. Our nation continues to have the lion share of this loss due to our peculiar situation and the more we delay in addressing our water challenge, the more the loss we will continue to suffer.”

The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Human Resources in the Ministry, Mr. Adeboye Adeoye, therefore, called on all stakeholders in the water sector to ascertain their true positions in the stagnation cycle and begin to address them for enhanced service delivery to the citizens.

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Nigeria: FCTA, SCC Sign N19.4 Billion Karshi Water Supply Agreement

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has signed a N19.438 billion agreement with SCC Nigeria Limited for the construction of a new water supply scheme in Karshi Satellite Town of the FCT.

The Minister of State for FCT, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, and the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Mr. John Obinna Chukwu, signed the agreement on behalf of the FCT Administration while the Managing Director of SCC Nigeria Limited, Mr. Yuval Levy, signed for the contractor. Akinjide explained the water project would address the issue of water scarcity within Karshi and its environs. “The water supply project, which will provide potable water and irrigation to that growing suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is estimated to cost N19,438,012,125 with a completion period of 30 months. “The source of raw water is by means of two dams constructed on the two rivers that cross Karshi town. The water supply system includes the following elements: two dams, one low lift pumping station, raw water conveyance systems, treatment plant, treated water pumping station, treated water rising main, and regulating reservoir of 6,000 cubic metres capacity,” the minister disclosed. She noted the water project would be funded through the “national priority budget”. She added that the project would generate employment for 600 skilled and unskilled workers. It will be recalled that the Federal Government had earlier approved contract for the provision of engineering infrastructure in two districts of Karshi at the cost of N28 billion in 2007, without water provision component.

“Work in the districts have reached advanced stage, hence the need to provide other complementary infrastructure services in the area. Eighty per cent of Nigerians in the city actually live in the satellite towns, therefore, we believe that satellite towns should also receive the same level of infrastructure and attention as the Federal Capital City (FCT),” Akinjide stated.

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