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Kebbi govt. distributes 10,000 date palm, 5,000 oil palm seedlings to councils

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The Kebbi Government on Tuesday distributed 10,000 date palm seedlings and 5,000 seedlings of oil palm to farmers across its 21 local government areas.

The Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Mahmud Kalgo, made this known at the launch and distribution of date palm and oil palm seedlings in Kalgo Local Government Area.

He said the gesture was part of the state government’s commitment to diversifying tree planting, especially Neem trees, Eucalyptus and date palm, among others.

“We will particularly like to thank Gov. Atiku Bagudu for graciously approving the purchase and distribution of 10,000 date palm seedlings and 5,000 seedlings of oil palm in 21 local government areas.

”This is a gesture of the state government on diversification from planting of Neem trees and eucalyptus to fruits trees.

“Fruit trees will undoubtedly lead to the creation of job opportunities as well as poverty reduction among our people in the near future. The socio–economic advantages attached to the planting of fruit trees are enormous,” he said.

Kalgo said the ministry had sent its officials to Katsina state to acquire training and management of the fruit trees.

“The ministry would be ready to assist in the planting and management operation of these seedlings to ensure their sustainability in the state,” he said.

The permanent secretary enjoined the councils to complement the effort of government in diversifying plants through fruit project in the state.

In his remarks, Gov. Atiku Bagudu, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, said the government had consistently produced seedlings of Neem and Eucalyptus in large quantities intended for various afforestation programmes.

“But today, the government intends to diversify the forestry sector of the state by encouraging the planting of date palm and oil palm seedlings which we believe, will go a long way in providing the necessary financial and socio-economic benefit to the people of the state,” he said.

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KTSG spends N6.4bn on 70 drainage projects – Masari

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The Katsina State Government says it spent N6.4 billion on the construction of 70 drainage projects in major towns and villages across the state in the last four years.

Gov. Aminu Masari disclosed this while speaking with journalists on Monday in Katsina.

“The drainage projects were executed with the aim of curbing the perennial incidences of flooding across the state.

“The government will continue to do all that is possible within its limited resources to ensure the provision of good drainage system in the state.

“The state government will also continue to protect its citizens especially those at the grassroots that are yearly being threatened by soil erosion and flooding,” Masari said.

He added that his administration would continue to discharge its primary responsibility of serving the people especially in the provision of water, electricity, youth empowerment and health facilities.

Masari called on the people to make good use of all facilities that were provided for their wellbeing.

The governor advised them to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water ways to avert flooding.

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Nigeria, Burkina Faso collaborate on Waters Safety Plan

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The Federal Government and Burkina Faso plan to collaborate on Community Water Safety Plan and Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance.

Mrs Comfort Ekaro, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources made this known in her office when a delegation from Burkina Faso visited to understudy Nigeria on Community Water Safety Plan, on Monday.

Ekaro represented by Mr Emmanuel Awe, the Director, Water Quality Control in the ministry said the visit by the delegation underscored the country’s commitment to promote safe water service delivery to the people of Burkina Faso and improve public health.

“Water is life; it can also be a carrier of life-threatening diseases if it is unsafe, particularly at the point of consumption. In Nigeria for instance, water transmitted diseases constitute one of the major public health burdens.

“According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2016 to 2017 Report, the per cent of household drinking water contaminated with E. coil in their homes and at the sources were 90.8 and 77.3 respectively.

“These worrisome statistics of Nigerians drinking water, especially at the point of use necessitated Nigeria to adapt Community Water Safety Plan and Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance approaches that are entirely driven by communities.

“In addition, the Nigeria Standard for Drinking Water Quality requires all water service providers including community water system to develop and implement water safety plan for each scheme to assure the drinking water qualities,” he said.

According to her, the Community Water Safety Plan is a practical approach where communities identify risk behaviours, or practices that may introduce contaminations into drinking water and implement planned activities to mitigate drinking water contamination through incremental improvement.

The permanent secretary, therefore, said that the ministry in collaboration with UNICEF in 2015 developed a training manual using WHO guidelines and Tear Fund Manual for Community Water Supply Planning.

Ekaro noted that the manual was reviewed in 2017 in accordance with Delivery Effective WASH Training (DEWT) to make it more practical oriented.

She said that the guideline for Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance was developed to validate the Community Water Safety Plan implementation and other WASH intervention such as the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Hygiene promotion.

She assured the delegation of Nigeria’s support in the development and implementation of Community Water Safety Plan and Rural Drinking Water Quality Surveillance Guidelines in Burkina Faso.

Mr Stanislas Bonkwoungo, the Specialist on WASH, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Burkina Faso, said the visit was to understudy Nigeria on safe water.

”We are here to know how you were able to achieve it and what was the challenges and what are the lessons to be learnt in order for us to implement it,” he said.

Mr Michael Forson, in charge of Water Safe and Water Supply, UNICFE, Nigeria said the visit was imperative as safe water was one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDs).

He said that the Burkina Faso government had heard about the success story of Nigeria to ensure safe water at the community level.

“So, looking at the global SDGs from the point of fetching water, right to the point of use, it is very important as there are certain things that must be put in place involving the users and the operators to make sure that water is safe at every point in time and not contaminated.

“Nigeria, through the Ministry of Water Resources, leading the process and partners like UNICEF, among others are supporting the ministry in putting up a framework involving the communities members, leaders and other NGOs to ensure safe water behaviours and practices.

“We have about 5000 communities that are implementing these strategy. So Burkina Faso heard of it and they send their delegation to understudy it, ” he said.

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Delta Govt. blames rainfall for slow construction works

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The Delta Government has blamed the slow pace of construction work on roads across the state on the rains but assured that work will resume full after the season.

The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye stated this while briefing newsmen on Monday in Asaba.

Augoye appealed to the Asaba-Ase-Abari community, which protested on Sunday, alleging that road construction work in the areas had been abandoned, to remain calm.

The commissioner assured them that contractors would return to site after the rains.

He said with the rains, earth work had become difficult, especially in the coastal communities such as the Asaba-Ase-Abari.

According to him, it is not true that the contractors have abandoned the road contract.

“The rainy season is here and we are facing lots of challenges, construction works are slowed down and it has become source of worries for the residents.

“I want to inform the demonstrators that the state government is in agreement with the contractors and the only works that can go on now is concrete works.

“I appeal to the community that the contractors will mobilise to site fully as soon as the rainy season is over,’’ the commissioner said.

Augoye said that presently government was trying to ensure the completion of storm water and surface drains in Asaba, Warri, Effurun, to facilitate free flow of flood waters to the rivers.

He assured people in the coastal communities that government designed roads projects in their areas would stand the test of time and urged them to ensure that contractors have peaceful environment to work.

The commissioner said that in order to permanently deal with the perennial flooding in the state capital, three rivers -Amilimocha, Iyiabi and Anwai had been approved for dredging.

According to Augoye, the state government is currently carrying out construction works on Ughelli-Asaba dual carriage way and also intervening on other federal highways across the state to enable the people move safely and freely.

“We want to appeal to our people to desist from building houses on waterways; this has been a major setbacks and reason why most cities, particularly, Asaba, Warri, Effurun among others are being flooded.’’

Also speaking, Mr Charles Aniagwu, the Commissioner for Information, said government would continue to partner the media in its efforts to develop the state.

According to him, the ministry of works has remained a booster to government efforts to develop the state through quality roads construction to open up the communities and boost their economic activities.

Aniagwu said although the state government had not got all the funds to meet its projects, it intervened on federal roads because the roads were important to the people of the state.

 

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Flood destroys 12,000 hectares of farmlands in Jigawa

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Flood has ravaged over 12,000 hectares of rice, cassava, sesame and guinea corn farmlands in nine villages of Malammadori Local Government Area of Jigawa.

Bulama said the flood which hit the area on Aug 16, had affected Tashena, Kadumunbari, Hadyan, Azumu, Kadumantudu, Dowawa, Dososo, Allahyayi and Unguwar-Jamaare villages.

He said 8,000 hectares of rice farmlands were destroyed in the flood, while 4,000 hectares of land destroyed contained cassava, sesame and guinea corn.

In his remark, Chairman of the Council,  Alhaji Hussaini Birnin-Kudu, said 5,000 sacks had been distributed to residents to erect sand-bag embankment at the bank of Hadejia River in the area.

He explained that the embankment would check damages as water level kept rising by the day.

Responding, Yalleman sympathized with the victims of the disaster and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear their losses.

He said he was there to assess the level of damage, adding that his personal support would reach them shortly.

The lawmaker however, advised people residing along waterways,  to leave the areas for safety reasons.

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Residents in 6 LGAs prone to flood in Kwara warn to relocate – official

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The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies (NIHSA) has listed six local governments in Kwara that are very prone to flood in 2019 flood alerts.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Environment, Alhaji Amosa Al-Amin made this known on Sunday in Ilorin during a media briefing on the impending flood alert in the country.

Al-Amin listed the six local governments to include Edu, Patigi, Moro, Ilorin East, Ilorin West and Asa.

The permanent secretary, therefore, warned residents of the state against dumping refuse on drains and water ways to guide against flood, especially in flood prone areas of the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies (NIHSA), issued flood alerts across the country, especially in states straddling the River Niger where water levels have risen above the 2010 and 2018 levels.

According to Al-Amin, Kwara State falls within this axis and this administration felt compelled to officially alert the people to this development.

“We appeal to Kwarans to cooperate with the state government on the various measures to mitigate the effects of what is often a combination of natural phenomenon, human activities and failure to heed warnings,” Al-Amin added.

He also appealed to communities located in and near flood plains and other vulnerable areas to relocate to safer locations.

He identified such communities in Edu local government as Iyeluwa, Belle Gbako, Liptata, Edogi, Chewuru.

The permanent secretary advised residents of these communities to relocate to safer places for a while.

“Communities in Jebba and Bacita are also urged to take this very seriously for safety reasons.

“Farming along river bank areas should be discouraged for now,” Al-Amin advised the residents.

He said residents in Patigi can relocate to the Resettlement centres located at Godiwaji in Patigi that was constructed by the Federal Government.

“Residents of communities in Kwara Central like Isale Koko, Dumon, and Abata Sunkere, among others, are advised to heed this warning.

“Government urges residents of the state to avoid dumping of wastes into river channels or drains to allow for easy flow of water, while illegal structures along water ways should be demolished,” he said.

Al-Amin said the ministry will on Monday launch some corrective measures to clear Ilorin, the state capital, of indiscriminate dumping of waste and blockage of drains as part of the efforts to ward off flooding.

He said offenders may be made to face mobile court after which they would be warned to desist from violating environmental laws.

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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

 

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