Commission tasks NASS on Water Resources Bill
Abuja, 19, 2020 The Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Commission (NIWRC), has urged National Assembly to ensure quick passage of the Water Resources Bill to enhance revenue generation and create job opportunities in the country.
According to him, the passage of bill will ensure more revenue for government.
“We can generate money from water, because we need to generate money for the government.
“We look at Coca-Cola and other water bottling companies that are taken underground water, they are generating revenue for themselves.
“They need to pay for that water they are taken from underground. These companies suppose to pay government.
“The passage of bill will also enhance job opportunities as well as strengthen activities of the commission in many ways. In essence, it will generate job opportunities, thereby expanding activities in borehole drilling business and other areas in the water sector,’’ he said.
Umar said that the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, had been making efforts to pursue the passage of the bill.
He said that the commission plans to partner with international Non-Governmental Organisations like water-aid, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other donors towards achieving its mandate.
He said that the partnership would help Nigerians; especially those in rural communities to have access to quality and clean water.
“What is really guiding the commission is effective collaboration; collaboration is a pillar to the commission.
“We are working with government agencies, NGOs, we have lots of them in water sector, we are also looking at international NGOs like JICA, wateraids and others that have helped the commission.
“The organisations have actually played lots of roles in the water sector. The essence of collaborating with them is that they bring around training and other things to our staff.
“Through the training our staff will be exposed in their field; sometimes they can distribute equipment for staff after the training.
“These are some of the very important things that we want to pick up,’’ Umar said.
The executive director said that the commission was working with the Nigeria Hydro-logical Services Agency, (NIHSA) and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Commission (NAFDAC) in the same direction.
He added that the action was aimed at regulating water resources development as well as its planning and management.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
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COVID-19: Environmentalist cautions waste collectors on proper disposal
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday advised waste collectors in Lagos on safe disposal so as to prevent a further spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Taiwo, a manager at RecycleNG, a waste management company, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.
He said there was the need to tread with caution in waste collection in order not to trigger the spread of COVID-19 via improper waste management.
Taiwo also called for more training for the stakeholders in waste collection, especially the private sector participants (PSP) and medical waste collectors, on proper waste disposal.
“My concern is that some of the infected COVID-19 patients are in their homes, and even some are in the hotels, while their wastes are treated as general waste.
“But waste from these patients are not really general waste or medical waste.
“The PSP waste collectors are only trained as general wastes’ collectors while those that collect medical waste are trained and they have specialised vehicles and waste bags used for the collections.
“In the last few weeks now, we have so many latex hand gloves and medical nose masks in our general waste bin, which may be infected with COVID-19 virus.
“Eighty per cent of our PSP pick-up teams lack proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“So, I feel there should be a collaboration between the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) on equipping the PSP operators and in-house training,’’ he told NAN.
Taiwo also called on LAWMA to equip the PSP operators with proper waste management protective outfits.
In addition, he cautioned Lagos residents against burning household waste, urging them to “live sustainably’’.
“Although LAWMA is currently fumigating the dumpsites and other waste collection facilities around the state, but are we sure all the PSP trucks are fumigated?
“Are all the PSP operators fully equipped and warned against using bare hands to evacuate waste?
“How many PSP, for instance, has LAWMA penalised for not keeping to safety guidelines? How many PSP operators have been penalised for not picking up waste in the areas allocated to them?’’
According to the environmentalist, the best treatment for COVID-19 waste is through smokeless biomedical incineration under high temperature.
“Burning of household waste is a not ideal. It will cause more harm to the environment.
“The best option is waste sorting and separation at source.
“We should also encourage recycling and backyard composting of organic waste.
“With that, a time will come that the PSP operators will be the ones begging and knocking your door to ask for your general waste,’’ Taiwo said.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde and Olawale Alabi)
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Coronavirus:FCT residents decry sale of fake sanitizers
Some FCT residents on Monday complained over fake hand sanitizers and the adverse effects after using them.
The Nigeria News Agency correspondent, who interviewed the residents around Jikowoyi area in the FCT, gathered that some of the sanitizers the residents bought from different shops were fake.
Mr Richard Ike, a civil servant said that he bought two sanitizers from a particular shop but could not use them because they were peeling his palms.
“I bought two sanitizers in a particular shop costly but I just discovered that the first one I opened no peeling my hands.
“I decided to use the second one, it was also peeling my hands, I threw them in my waste bin,” he said.
Mr James Odia, a trader also in Jikwoyi said that he experienced the same, adding that after using it, his palms started to itch him for some time before they started peeling.
Odia said that he regretted buying the sanitizer from the shop, adding that some Nigerians were taking advantage of the situation to dupe unsuspecting people.
“I don’t know why we Nigerians don’t have human feelings, some of us are enjoying this tough time we are experiencing.
“Everything now is very expensive because we are fighting coronavirus.
“They will manufacture fake sanitizer to sell to people not minding the implications, this is not fair, may God have mercy upon his children.”
Another resident, Mrs Juliana Olamide, a school teacher said that the sanitizer and alcohol she bought to sanitise her house were all fake.
“A friend told me that when you boil water and mixed it with alcohol, it can help to protect the environment.
“So I decided to buy the sanitizer and a bottle of gin, not knowing that what I bought was another sickness.
” Since I used the sanitizer my hands have been scratching me and the gin/alcohol is also mixed with water.
“Imagine how I used my money to buy disease and sickness all in the name of fighting coronavirus, may God save us from this hard time,” she said.
Mr Joseph Effiong, an environmentalist warned Nigerians to be careful with places they went for their sanitizers and face masks.
“Avoid buying things from road side traders because when you buy fake things from them, you cannot see them to return such items.
“But when you go to shops to buy things, you can as well return them when you discover that they are not good,’’ he said.
Effiong, however, urged the government to provide sanitizers to residents, adding that the effort would reduce the danger of buying fake from road side traders.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
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Waste collection still on despite FCT lock-down, AEPB says
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), says the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), lockdown has not stopped the board from carrying out its mandate of waste collection and disposal.
Ms Kate Ogbonna, Head, Environment, Health and Safeguarded Department, AEPB, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Monday in Abuja.
Ogbonna said that AEPB contractors saddled with the responsibility of waste collection have been moving round all the areas under their purview to collect waste since the lock-down.
“The lock-down did not affect our duties, we are essential workers. Our contractors have been moving round to collect refuse to curb disposal of wastes in canals or waterways by residents,” she said.
She explained that prior to the lock-down, AEPB personnel had visited some high risk areas such as markets, motor parks and Jabi village among others to educate FCT residents on COVID-19 pandemic.
Ogbonna said that AEPB had continued to sensitise residents in Kuchigoro and other villages in FCT on hand washing, use of sanitiser and social distancing to curtail it spread.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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Association urges Lagos traders to remain indoors, disregard market reopening rumour
President of Balogun Business Association (BBA), Mr Tony Obih, on Monday urged traders in the Lagos Trade Fair Complex where BBA was situated alongside other markets to remain at home.
Obih told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that, the directive was against the backdrop of misguided information making the rounds that, the industrial and merchandise markets would resume business activities by Thursday.
He said the government order on market closure was still subsisting as against belief that markets had been asked to open, saying only open markets that sold food items were allowed.
“I have been receiving calls from people telling me about market resumption, some even stated date that the market will reopen.
“I know that many of us have goods that are time bound and will want to dispose of such wares before expiring dates. I feel for you people but that should not compel us to run foul of the rule by going to reopen shops now.
“In the light of our current situation and government’s directives of lockdown in Lagos, BBA and other markets within the trade fair complex is not insulated from the state and we are aware some members depend on daily income to live,” he said.
He, however, appealed to the traders to bear the difficult situation of the lockdown, which might be depriving some of their basic needs and they should take it as a national sacrifice.
He added that the leadership of BBA urged all traders to be patient as the association was currently working on a means to reach out to members soon with palliatives to help mitigate the impact of the market closure.
According to him, BBA management may not bring food to individual residences due to movement restriction, but are working on a means to reach out to them through appropriate channels.
The president who stressed the need for everyone to remain law abiding especially this trying period to enable government surmount the CONVID-19 pandemic, noted that the market leadership was liaising with appropriate authorities to ensure the traders got what was due for them as business stimulus.
NAN reports that the market closed shop on March 27 for 7 days, to advance the social distancing meant to check the spread of the Coronavirus.
Traders were still on that before the Federal Government’s 14 days total lockdown on the state commenced.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju
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Lagos Water Corporation rolls out new payment channels
Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) says it has rolled out new and easy payment channels of water bills that customers could access from the comfort of their homes.
LWC Managing Director, Muminu Badmus, said in a statement that Lagos residents could now pay water bills on mobile money operators through Firstmonie, Paga and PocketMoni.
“This means that water customers have varieties of payment channels and can make payments at the comforts of their homes, particularly, this period of lockdown in the State.
According to him, the corporation had earlier introduced some payment channels for easy business transaction and bills payments.
“These channels include payment through any bank’s branch across Lagos State .
“Customers can pay using Paydirect or Pay at any bank in Nigeria, through ATM machines,” Badmus explained in the statement. .
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi
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COVID-19: FCTA begins decontamination of Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has commenced decontamination of Abuja city as part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mr Austin Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to Dr Ramatu Aliyu, the FCT Minister of State, said in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, that the minister launched the programme at the Berger Roundabout, Abuja.
Aliyu called for inter-agency collaboration to achieve the desired result in the battle against COVID-19.
She assured residents of the territory that they were in safe hands as government would continue to do everything possible to contain the spread of the virus.
The minister also assured residents that the FCTA would leave no stone un-turned in making the city safe.
She said the areas to be covered included private estates, bridges, markets, motor parks, bus terminals and many others.
“We are here to symbolically flag-off the decontamination of the city starting from the Berger junction.
“This spot is very significant because it is a point of convergence. This is where you find the hustling and bustling.
“As you can see today, the entire stakeholders are united in this battle against COVID-19.
“You can see the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Fire Fighters, and organised private sector, all gathered here for this fight.
“We will take it to all the nooks and crannies of the city, and from there we will move to all the satellite towns as well.
“I congratulate all the stakeholders because united we are stronger. I want to assure Abuja residents that they are in safe hands as nation building is a collective responsibility,” Aliyu said.
Earlier, Malam Baba Lawan, Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, called on residents to cooperate with the authorities throughout the duration of the exercise.
Lawan assured residents that the chemicals being used were ecologically and humanly friendly.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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NNPC repairs vandalised pipeline at Mosan, Ipaja Lagos – LASEMA
Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said on Saturday that the agency monitored the repair of the vandalised pipeline at Mosan, Ipaja, Lagos State, by officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.
According to him, as early as 8 a.m. we were informed about an uncontrolled leakage of petrol (Premium Motor Spirit) along NNPC Pipeline in Aboru off Kakatin Road, Ipaja, Lagos.
He said that LASEMA responders were deployed and it was discovered that the leakage emanated from a major NNPC pipe which had been tampered with through an illegal set up designed to continuously divert and siphon fuel.
“The NNPC repair team had secured the pipe and the leakage had been addressed.
“We urge well-meaning members of the public to report the unsavoury elements endangering lives and property for selfish purposes to the appropriate authorities whenever they find out,’’ Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He promised not to disclose the identities of informants, saying that prompt action would be taken to avert disaster as the agency and the NNPC did in this instance.
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, said that the combined team of LASEMA responders, Lagos State Fire Service, NNPC, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) worked to secure the area. .
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Adeleye Ajayi
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LASEMA raises alarm over pipeline leakage at Mosan area, Ipaja Lagos
Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), says the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline along the axis at Mosan Bus Stop, Kakatin area, Ipaja, Lagos State, is leaking.
Oke-Osanyintolu made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , in Lagos on Saturday.
According to him, immediately we received an alert from our office concerning the pipeline leakage at about 9:30 a.m., we contacted NNPC officials.
He said that the agency (LASEMA) and other first respondents intended to remain on high alert until the repairs are carried out by NNPC officials.
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution in and around the area to prevent any form of explosion or ignition from naked flame or other activity.
He promised to continue to provide update on the pipeline leakage.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi
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2 shops gutted by fire at Idumota, Lagos — LASEMA
Two shops with household utensils were destroyed in a fire which gutted
two shops at Maola Shopping Mall in Idumota area of Lagos on Friday.
Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu,
Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), told Nigeria News Agency that the fire had been put off by emergency responders.
According to him the combined efforts of emergency agencies put off the fire within 30 minutes.
“Upon arrival of the Emergency Responders at the scene it was revealed that a building (Maola Shopping Mall) was affected by a fire of unknown origin.
“A combined team of LASEMA responders from Lagos Central Zone, Lagos State Fire (Sari Iganmu), Federal Fire service and Nigeria Police Force were able to curtail the flames within shortest period of time.
“Only shops 35 and 36 on the last floor of the building stocked with different goods such as cartoons of detergents, kitchen utensils, were affected with the fire and no casualties,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He said that the responders had returned to their bases and also urged members of the public to comply with the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines laid down by the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to avoid endangering themselves. .
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi
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