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FG seeks innovation, renewed partnerships, to end poor sanitation indices



By Tosin Kolade.

The Nigerian Government on Monday called for more innovative ideas and partnerships that would help to accelerate progress in scaling up sanitation and hygiene in the country.

This was the focus at the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS) meeting, a coalition of stakeholders working in the water and sanitation sector in Abuja.

Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, said the role of innovation could not be overlooked, following recommendations from all experts as a necessity to changing poor narratives in the sector.

While commending NTGS members for their tenacity in validating former open defecation communities to become open defecation – free, Adamu however urged them to be steadfast and credible in their efforts.

According to him, efforts are on to introduce the School, Health and Youth Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme through their parent ministries so as to scale up sanitation in the country.

Adamu said findings from the WASH Normal Routine mapping showed low progress on defecation-free local government areas.

He said with collective efforts, the negative indices would be reversed, for the overall good of the country.

Mrs Chizoma Opara, National Coordinator, Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat, said efforts were on to train information officers on its activities so as to promote awareness for the populace.

Opara said Nasarawa State has shown major progress in its implementation of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Plus programme, with 11 local government areas currently being supported.

Dr Jane Bevan, UNICEF Chief of WASH, said there was need for introduction of subsidies for most vulnerable persons in communities, so as to improve their wellbeing.

According to Bevan, this could be introduced during the triggering stages of CLTS processes in the communities.

“We are thinking about introducing subsidies to encourage vulnerable people to build their toilets, we are working to do this through introduction of loans in Bauchi and Oyo states,” she said.

Highlight of the meeting was the introduction of new consultants to work on the development of a National Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategy and a Strategy for Scaling Up Sanitation Market in some states.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
poor sanitation is costing the country the equivalent of $3 billion annually, or 1.3 per cent of its GDP, in productivity losses, deaths and healthcare expenses.

For Nigeria to be on track to achieve SDG 6, new and innovative sanitation solutions must be provided and a whole sanitation economy developed. (NAN)


Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic




Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.


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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso



President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro



Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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