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October 10, 2016

Nigeria: Zaria Water Project to Cost 69 Billion Naira

Mohammad Ibrahim
October 10, 2016

Kaduna State government has vowed to complete the multibillion Naira Zaria water project that would supply water to eight local government areas of the state in July 2017. The project will cost 69 billion naira.

The state government said the work is now 90% completion, stressing that the gigantic water treatment plant would be completed in December while the entire project will be completed next year to end the decades of suffering by residents over unsafe water.

The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Aliyu Lere gave the deadline while addressing newsmen during an inspection tour of the water project sites.

“we are expecting the whole project to be completed by July 2017, that is the aspect of the construction of the transmission lines and the distribution, but the construction of the water treatment plant will be completed in December and by that time there will be serious improvement in the supply of water even before2017”

“By the time we are completing the project in 2017 we would have spent an estimated sum of 69 Billion Naira that includes, the construction of the water treatment plant constructed by the state government and the Dam constructed by the Federal government and others already outlined.

“Water requirements currently for Zaria and environs is about 100 million litters a day and what we have on ground is 60 million liters now. Even though, it is not operating at optimal capacity because of the dilapidated nature of the old water works and the challenges of power, but by the time this new ones come on board we will have a total capacity of 210 million liters a day, which will have the potential of not only supplying to Zaria and Sabon Gari with potable water but additional communities within the 6 local government areas that surround Zaria and Sabon Gari,” he said.

Zaria water project in Kaduna state, Nigeria

Zaria water project in Kaduna state, Nigeria

The commissioner added: “There are other areas that have to do with expansion and the rehabilitation of the old pipes that has already been laid tens of years ago. There is also the construction of the booster stations that will take water to Zaria and other envisaged local government areas that are
to benefit from the project. There is also the water treatment plant that hopefully would be completed by end of this year.

Dr. Henry Kiemeg, Project Manager Gamji Nigeria Limited, handling part of the Zaria water complained
about some residents who illegally built on right of way saying the ongoing laying of water pipelines in some areas was a challenge.

Kiemeg who commended the present administration for its commitment to end water problem in Zaria and environs said: “the way the Kaduna state government under Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has supported us, it is on record that unlike what obtains before now, in the past where government will be pushing your left, right and center, rather we were given support.

Real support to deliver and this is unprecedented, this is a great motivation because any contractor that has a smooth way to do your job without any kick back and front, perform better, thank the commissioner who works so hard, diligent and committed.

September 20, 2016

Nigeria: Floods Kill One, Destroy 100 Houses in Zamfara

Mohammad Ibrahim
September 20, 2016

Climate-related natural disasters including floods, storms and heat waves have steadily increased across the globe over the past 40 years. Photo by Muchunguzi Emmy

Climate-related natural disasters including floods, storms and heat waves have steadily increased across the globe over the past 40 years. Photo by Muchunguzi Emmy

Following torrential rains across northern Nigeria, floods have destroyed about 100 houses and rendered over 500 people homeless in Zamfara State Northwest part of the country.

A 60-year old woman was also reported to have been killed in the floods which occurred at the weekend. Victims are now calling for assistance from the government.

The floods which occurred in Gumi and Gayari towns of Gumi Local Government Area also destroyed farmlands and killed several animals.

Speaking on behalf of the victims, Muhammad Bala called on governments at the federal, state and local government levels to come to their aid by providing them with relief materials to alleviate their loses.

Confirming the incidence, Vice Chairman of Gumi Local Council Area of the state, Sa’idu Bawa said a request for assistance would be forwarded to both state and federal governments after the official compilation of the extent of the damage.

“Apart from the disaster in Gumi town, the floods also happened in Gayari district. After the assessment, we will compile the list of the victims after which the local government council will give its support to the victims,” he said.

The floods affected Albarkawa, Yardiga, Yartsayasu and Lemawa areas of Gummi town. Recently six people lost their lives in a boat mishap in the local government area in Zamfara State.

August 30, 2016

Nigeria: 60 Houses Submerge In Kaduna Communities

Mohammad Ibrahim
August 30, 2016

One of the households affected by floods in Kaduna

One of the households affected by floods in Kaduna

About 60 houses were submerged by flood in Kaduna communities as a result of heavy rainfall which occurred as a result of long hours of heavy downpour that started on Friday morning till evening of that day.

The flood affected houses, schools and shops within the state metropolis including Hayin Dan Mani, Hayin Bello new extension, Abubakar Kigo road new extension, Barnawa, Narayi , Romi, Kinkino and Kurmin Mashi among others.

The flood occurred weeks after the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA warned that floods will likely occur in eight major rivers and their tributaries in the course of 2016.

It was reported that the Director-General of the agency, Dr Moses Beckley, gave the warning at the presentation of the 2016 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja Nigeria’s capital in July 2016.

Beckley listed the rivers as Niger, Benue, Sokoto-Rima, Anambra-Imo, Cross River, Niger Delta, Komadougu-Yobe, Ogun-Osun and several other sub-basins of the country.

It was gathered that the Kaduna flood forced hundreds of people out of their homes as a result of the flood while the roads too were covered by water making it difficult for residents to evacuate their properties.

Most of the affected houses are located near the bank of River Kaduna and those built without drainage or with blocked drainages.

Similarly, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) weeks ago raised alarm that eight LGs in the state were likely to experience flood; thereby warning residents close to river banks and flood prone areas to vacate for their safety.

Kaduna State Emergency Management SEMA already sent their staff to assess the extent of damage caused by the flood.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Ezekiel Baba Karik said so far about 60 houses were affected by the flood.

“The flood was mild below what we expected based on NEIMET prediction. Few houses within Kaduna metropolis and Kafanchan were affected. We are still assessing the extent of damage but the houses will not be more than 60 because the water came and passed. Water will always find its way,” he said.

According to him, the flood was caused by human induced factors including lack of proper drainage and blocked drainages among others. “Most of the affected victims are already taking their properties back to their houses because the water level has gone down,” he said.

August 16, 2016

Nigeria: President Buhari Urges International Communities to Save Lake Chad from Extinction

Mohammad Ibrahim
August 16, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has urged rich countries to do something urgent to save the Lake Chad from extinction, arising from effects of climate change.

Receiving the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, in Abuja, President Buhari warned that failure to regenerate the Lake Chad will lead to another round of migration by people living in the areas.

The President, who led seven ministers to an interactive meeting with the UNESCO chief, said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.

Senior Special Assistance to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu disclosed this in a statement.

“Those living in the Lake Chad region have suffered untold hardship and displacement because of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists.

‘‘If there is no farming and fishing, they will dare the desert to migrate.

“Unless the developed countries make concerted efforts to complete the feasibility study, mobilize resources and technology to start the water transfer from the Congo Basin, the Lake Chad will dry up.

‘‘The people will go somewhere and they will create problems for those countries,” the President told the visiting UN official.

President Buhari commended UNESCO’s support to Nigeria particularly on the ongoing rehabilitation work in the North East and reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

He said the pathetic situation of IDPs requires immediate and urgent response from international organisations such as UNSECO to provide infrastructure, health and education for the people in the area.

The UNESCO Director-General, Mrs. Bokova, who commenced a week-long visit to West and Central Africa on August 6, said she was in Nigeria to strengthen the organization’s programme in the areas of science and technology, gender and youth development, culture, water resources development, health and environment.

August 16, 2016

Nigeria: Kakura Residents Laments Lack of Portable Drinking Water

Mohammad Ibrahim
August 16, 2016

Residents of Kakura community in Chikun Local government Area of Kaduna State northwest are lamenting lack of portable water within their village despite their closeness to the city.

The people drink from a pond covered with dirts particularly during dried season.

A visit by water Journalists Africa reporter to the village with about 1000 inhabitants discovered that the community lacks access to good and clean water to drink.

Woman fetching water to drink from a pond covered with dirt

Woman fetching water to drink from a pond covered with dirt

Lamenting on the issue, the Village head, Ishaya Gwamna said in rainy reason all well in the village get dried off.

” We do suffered a lot during dried season because all wells within the village get dried off. The only borehole provided to us by an NGO in year 2000 has stopped working.

“Now our women fetched water from well but as soon as the rain stop they move to the pond to fetch water,” he said.

Another Community Leader Sunday Kakura said they are not happy drinking from a pond shared by people and cows.

“We have no option but to drink from same pond because we just have to survive. But we need assistance from any individual to provide us with boreholes in the village. We are subsistence farmers and need government intervention in our village,” he said.

The village head Ishaya Gwamna also expressed sadness with regards to lack of portable water for his people.

“We vote during elections because politicians do come to seek for our votes. But they never fulfilled their promises to us.

“We are appealing to philanthropists, other agencies and even the state government to provide us with primary health care center where our women and children can access health care. We equally need drinking water in the community which is a big challenge to us,” he said.

July 24, 2016

Nigeria: UNICEF Constructs 280 Hand Pumps in Kaduna Local Communities

Mohammad Ibrahim
July 24, 2016

Boreholes offer the cheapest technology option for safe water supply in most rural areas of Africa

Boreholes offer the cheapest technology option for safe water supply in most rural areas of Africa

(WASH) Specialist in Kaduna State Mrs Theresa Pamma has said 280 hand pump boreholes were constructed and 16 others were rehabilitated under Phase I of Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN I) project in the three Local Government Areas of Kaduna State in Nigeria.

The communities are in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau Local Government Areas of the state.

Pamma stated this at a side line of a two-day mid-year review meeting held in the state.

“As a result, household water safety has improved in the 320 communities, with 220,000 beneficiaries having access to improved water sources.

“The objective of the project is to ensure that children and women have protected access to sufficient safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities,” she said.

The WASH specialist said that the three councils had also implemented local government wide Open Defecation Free (ODF) plans, targeting 2,512 communities.

According to her, 748 communities are targeted for attainment of ODF status, out of which 320 communities were certified ODF within the last six months.

She said that 64 primary schools in the three SHAWN council areas were currently promoting group hand washing using taps innovation.

She said 7,200 pupils in 24 primary schools in the area had access to and utilize child-friendly gender-sensitive WASH facilities.

The specialist said that 71 local government officials and teachers had been trained and had acquired capacity for promotion of hygiene practices and management of school WASH facilities in SHAWN benefiting councils.

“Based on the achievement recorded in the three council areas, eight new councils have been selected to commence the second phase of SHAWN project in the state,’’ she said.

She identified delay in the release of counterpart and operational funds, change in government, dismissal and redeployment of key decision makers and staff verification as major challenges affecting the project.

She said that 84 communities in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau council areas were under security threats, thereby temporarily limiting implementation of intervention programme in the affected areas.

She urged the State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) to liase with the Ministry of Finance to ensure timely release of funds.

Pamma also urged Kaduna state government to conduct training for selected technical officials as supervisors in charge of construction of WASH facilities to improve quality of services.

July 16, 2016

Investigation: Anxiety in Kaduna Local Communities Following Fresh Cases of River Blindness

Mohammad Ibrahim
July 16, 2016

There was anxiety in Kaduna State, Northwest part of Nigeria following outbreak of fresh cases of River blindness in local communities of the state, particularly southern part of the state.

Facts gathered at Department of health, Kajuru Local Government Area secretariat indicated that 14 districts were affected by river blindness in the Local government area alone.

Reports from the areas showed that many people within the affected communities have already gone blind while hundreds are suffering from eye infections that may lead to blindness.

The affected districts are Maro ward 1 district Maro District, Idon ward – 2 districts Idon and Iri districts, Tantatu ward – 1 district Tantatu. Afogoh ward – 1 Afogoh district, Kufana ward – 2 Kufana and Angwan Aku districts.

Others are Rimau ward – 1 Rimau district, Kalla ward – 1 Kalla district, Kajuru ward – 4 districts, Kyamara, Dawaki, Buda and districts, Kasuwan Magani ward – 1 Dustsen Gaiya district, Others include Ungwan Makama village in Robo and Angwan Fada and Angwan Aku in Fadama kuroro districts.

All these districts are within Iri districts axis which is one of the areas with high prevalent cases of river blindness in the Local government.

This discovery followed a month investigation carried out by a team of five investigative journalists including our Correspondent in the villages affected.

The team discovered that River Iri which served as a source of water to the communities within Iri Station and Makoro districts was said to be the breeding place for tsetse flies which caused river blindness within Iri village.

Outbreak of fresh cases of River blindness in local communities of Kaduna state has left several blind

Outbreak of fresh cases of River blindness in local communities of Kaduna state has left several blind

According to findings the villagers got bitten by tsetse flies whenever they go to the river to fetch water and the flies carried a warm that caused blindness to those bitten.

Lack of access to clean water has always being the problem of the communities around Iri with population of over 100 thousand.

Findings further showed that villagers using water from river Iri are from Hayin Sarki, Sabon Gida, Inkirmi, Karmai, Makoro , Gadan Malam Mamman among others.

People of hayin Sarki a village across River Iri Bridge built by World Bank still fetch water from the river known for spreading the tsetse flies despite the risk involved.

The villagers claimed they have no access to clean water so they still go to the river to fetch water while leaders within the community expressed fear because the flies still breed around the riverside.

An Elderly woman, Yawo Yuguda and mother of two children explained how she got blind years back.

” I got blind years back and till date nobody tell me the reason for my blindness, I even went to Kafanchan hospital for treatment they couldn’t explained to me the main reason for the blindness, so I took it as my destiny,” she said.

Alisabaltu Zankwa is another blind woman within Iri village who said she got blind 30 years back. ” Well, when people started going blind in the village nobody came to explain the reason behind it, we were only left to go looking for help. Mine started like a joke with itching before I later lost my sight completely,” she said.

60 year old Abdulmumini Ali said his eye problem started 3 years ago. “I started having this eye problem three years ago, it started with itching, sometimes I feel as if I’m being bitten inside.

” My elder brother already lost his sight and the problem is the same. It all started last three years. We know something was wrong in the village but we don’t know what it’s,” he said.

Village Head of Hausa Community in the village 65 year old Malam Garba lost complete sight of his left eye.

“I can’t see with my left eye as I talked to you now and this problem just started last year. I don’t know the cause but it began with inching, now the right eye too is having problem which is making me worried because it seems soon I will lose my sight completely.

“The last time I could remember some people came and fumigated river Iri was in the 70s. Because they said the problem was the river. We were told that there were tsetse flies in the riverside,” he said.

Paul Sanda a retired Soldier said he returned to the village with his family in 3 years ago and soon started losing his sight.

“When I was in the city my eyes were fine but since I returned home after my retirement my eyes started having problems. That was in 2003. I visited National Eye centre where I was operated upon but still I’m not seeing clearly,” he said.

80 year old Doma Obandoma said he lost his sight completely in 2012. ” The problem is some of us don’t go to hospital because we are poor and we don’t know the real cause of the blindness in the community but people said it’s has to do with the river, We just need help,” he said.

65 year old Alex Danladi said hers began pain started 5 years ago. ” It began with itching before I went to hospital once and they gave me drugs but still the pains and itching still continues. My daughter too 18 year old have started complaining about same eye itching last year.

“The truth is before we moved from city to village we never had this symptoms. So, we were all worried because we don’t know the cause,” she said.

District Head of Iri Peter -A-Magaji who was caught unaware by the investigative journalists expressed worried over the re-emergence of the flies in the area.

“Well, your visit made us to realize the gravity of the issue. My people came out in their numbers to explain that they are going blind and we suspected river Iri.

” The river was fumigated years back which helped killed the flies but now I heard that the flies are resurfacing which means something urgent need to be done.

“We are appealing to government to help provide us with boreholes in Iri Station district because River Iri is the only source of water for this village and those around us. The river sometimes get dried off but people still go there to dig in search of water.

“I’m afraid that people from Hayin Sarki and negbouring villages still fetch water from the dried river despite the risk involved. I think if the local government can provide us with a borehole it will go a long way in addressing the water problem,” he said.

The district head also appealed to government for a frequent fumigation of the river to control the flies.

part of River Iri

Part of River Iri

The team also discovered that government need to wake up to its responsibility in terms of provision of health care service delivery in the state because as it’s now only Sight Saver an NGO that is providing mectizan to victims of river blindness in the state.

According to budget document of Kaduna State, Sight Savers spends over 11 million naira annually for provision of mectizan and other services in the State.

This implies if the NGO decides to withdraw it intervention the situation will be disastrous for the villagers and the state.

Programme Officer of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) at the Health Department of Kajuru Local government area, Mr. Francis Habakuk said last year, in November, the received a delegation of some visitors from United States, U.S in collaboration with NPHCDA in Abuja.

He said Communities visited by the Team included Rafin Kunu and Angwan Fada all under Kajuru but Iri not included. They were led here by our Coordinator, Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTD, Kaduna State.

“We ask the Community members to report cases of river blindness to us, but they don’t report to us. They just sit at home.

“Since I assume office in the last five years, it’s only old cases of river blindness that we have on record, except for the one new case M&E reported in Agwala in Afogoh district – Afogoh,” he said.

As It’s now Hundreds are going blind in the area. Why? Because the communities are neglected, there is a gap that needs to be filled between government and people in rural areas.

June 12, 2016

Nigeria: Military Rescues Kaduna Community with Borehole to Ease Water Problem

Mohammad Ibrahim
June 12, 2016

Moved by a publication on plight of residents of Kanti village a community in west of Rigasa, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis North- West part of the country, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade has constructed a borehole to the community.

This follows a story by Water Journalists Africa that reported on the plight of this community pitting emphasis on the lack of access to clean water.

Prior before the bore-hole was dug in the community, their only source of water was a pond covered with dried lives and dirt.

Women of Unguwa Kanti community dancing round the bore hole in appreciation

Women of Unguwa Kanti community dancing round the bore hole in appreciation

 

 

Commissioning the bore-hole at the village of about 20 kilometres away from Kaduna city town, the Army GOC said, he was touched by the news report about their suffering.

General Oyebade assured the villagers of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration and other state governments effort to ensure welfare of all Nigerians, but the Army having recognized that government cannot do it alone with always reach out to the needy populace.

“I read recently about your community that your major problem is lack of portable drinking water, so, I told myself that my heart will not be at peace until I give you water. So, I asked one of my officers to locate this place, so that I can give you borehole.

“I want to assure you that President Muhammadu Buhari led administration and the respective state governments are working tirelessly to ensure welfare of all Nigerians, but government cannot do everything for everybody, so we can always support the government.

“Also, the Army is not just about fighting war, we also assist the civil populace, because the Army under the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai is very friendly with the civil populace.”

Responding on behalf of the community, the Village Head, Aliyu Bala expressed appreciation to the GOC for giving the community life as he also appealed for more social amenities in the area.

June 8, 2016

Nigeria: UNICEF Prepares Nigerians on How to Handle Flood Disaster

Mohammad Ibrahim
June 08, 2016

Following the commencement of rainy season in parts of Nigeria, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sensitized stakeholders on the need to start early preparation against flood in the country.

In 2015 hundreds of houses and lives were destroyed by floods that affected more than 10 states across the country. Thousands of people in both rural and urban communities were displaced by the floods.

Participants at the UNICEF flood workshop

Participants at the UNICEF flood workshop

Some of the 2015 floods victims recently received government assistance from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

A 3-day Emergency and Preparedness Response workshop on Flood was organized by UNICEF for emergency stakeholders in 13 states in the Northern part of the country plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and media practitioners.

UNICEF, Emergency Specialist, Olusoji Adeniyi stressed the need for people to ‎start emergency preparedness in their homes, saying rains are here and the floods are going to come whether people like it or not.

He explained that emergency preparedness and response is everybody’s business, “if we prepare, we are likely to have better chance of responding appropriately.

“So, if you know you are living in a place that was flooded before, this is the time you should know that it’s likely to flood again and you should have plan B of when you need to relocate to higher ground or to clear your drains. Make sure that sufficient provisions are made for the water to flow away rather than flow into your apartment, if your environment is clean and the drains are well taken care of you are likely not to suffer flood,” he said.

‎in his remarks, Media and External Relations Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, Rabiu Musa who delivered a paper on “Media Engagement in Emergencies” noted that emergencies are facts which is part of people’s daily lives and as such must be prepared for, addressed and responded appropriately and timely too.

He seeks for the cooperation of the media which he said has a greater role to play in sensitizing the public on emergency response.

Rabiu called on media to continue to deliver on positive reportage in constantly educating and informing the people on issues of emergencies and to also respect people’s privacy especially when it concern children and women.

May 24, 2016

Nigeria: Dirty Water Riles Some Kaduna State Residents

Mohammad Ibrahim
May 24, 2016

Lack of good access to clean water has forced Residents of Unguwar Kanti village located in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state North-West Nigeria to drinks from a pond covered with dried lives.

For the people of this community, clean water is a scarce commodity in the village as women trek a distance to fetch water from the only pond serving the whole community.

It was learn that the community which is close to Kaduna main city but far from development have a total of 3000 inhabitants and surrounded by four other rural villages.

Women Fetching Water From a Pond in Unguwar Kanti village

Women Fetching Water From a Pond in Unguwar Kanti village

The residents there say that lack of clean water has made them drink from the pond, even though the water makes their children sick.

A housewife, Talatu Iliya seen fetching from the pond in company of other women said “The water smells and it’s covered by dried leaves, but that is what we use to cook, because we have no choice,” she said

The women lamented that their children complain of frequent stomach ache and also suffer from cholera.

“You can see the kind of water we drink. Even dogs wouldn’t drink from the pond. The water smells and that is what we use to cook our food,” she said.

It was further gathered that the only surviving well in the village was dug by a white lady as all other wells have sunk down due to nature of the soil and because they have no rings, hardly dish out more than a bucket of water to whoever is fetching.

“The water is only fetched very early in the morning. Hence the decision to reserve the well water to primary school pupils who attend the community primary school,” she explained.

The residents appealed to Kaduna State government and other international Non-Governmental Organizations to come to their aid by constructing a bore-hole that will provide water to communities in the area.

Water Which Some Residents of Unguwar Kanti Village Drink

Water Which Some Residents of Unguwar Kanti Village Drink

Chairman of School Based Management Committee (SBMC) Peter Alkali said during rainy season the only road linking them with other villages usually get flooded for months which means they will be stranded until the water subside.

“The School lacks chairs and other teaching materials. The pupils miss classes during rainy season, because the only route linking the community with others get flooded and so it’s not safe for them to attend classes,” he said.

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