Ripple Heights promises clean water, others for more rural communities in Africa

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ripple Heights has promised to provide clean water for more rural communities in Nigeria and Africa at large in 2019. The organization established in the late 2016 in the United Kingdom is saddled with the responsibility of combating extreme poverty in Africa. Under its three-plan fold which are Water Is Life project, Go-Agro Initiative and Slum To League. The he water is life project, boreholes will be sunk in communities which did not have access to good water. The Go-Agro is designed to improve agriculture in…

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Epidemic looms in Lagos over water scarcity

There is palpable fear of an epidemic outbreak in Lagos as some parts of the state have been hit by a scarcity of water in the last three weeks. Some major areas of the state had been without potable water in the last three weeks, forcing residents to seek services of water vendors pushing carts, popularly known as Meruwas. Parts of the state without running water include Omole, Ketu, Ikosi, Alapere, Akiode, Ogudu, Ojota, Iju, among other neighbourhoods. Speaking with New Telegraph, a resident of Ikosi, who simply identified himself…

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Curbing water borne diseases in rural Akwa Ibom

In most rural communities In Nigeria, the people drink mostly water from rivers, streams and in very few instances, bore holes. For those low income earners who cannot afford to sink a personal bore hole, they resort to making use of the community borehole where it is available. Current statistics by the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) shows that about 57 million Nigerians do not have access to safe water, relatedly; the World Health Organisation (WHO) said 3.4 million people die annually as a result of preventable waterborne diseases…

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Reclamation: Lagos emerging water cities

Effort to protect Lagos against incessant ocean surge and erosion has partly led to land reclamation for shoreline protection and housing projects. Dayo Ayeyemi reports Between 2005 and 2007 when Victoria Island and former Bar Beach were subjected to extreme storm conditions, leading to flooding in adjoining streets and houses, several efforts were made to check the situation. Strategically, the Lagos state government had been able to achieve a two-pronged success by repelling the surge and also providing accommodation. While the second phase of Bar Beach’s restoration gave birth to…

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FG obtains $770m loan for water, spends $1.5b on water – Minister

The Federal Government has obtained $770million loan to provide water to some states of the federation in order to reduce waterborne diseases and provide water to farmers for irrigation purposes, it was learnt yesterday. Some of the states that have benefitted from the loan arrangement according to Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, included Kaduna, Ogun, Enugu, Lagos, Cross River, Rivers, Ekiti and Bauchi. Adamu said nine other states including, Ondo, Kano, Jigawa, Gombe, Benue, Plateau, Anambra, Abia and Bayelsa are being prepared for follow up investment in the…

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Policewoman bathes 15-year-old housemaid with hot soup, water

A 15 year-old housemaid, Chinyere Igwe, is in excruciating pains after her policewoman mistress, Mrs. Okochi Joy Ugo, poured hot melon soup and boiling water on her body at Mile 50, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Mrs. Okochi, who delivered a set of twins two weeks ago through a cesarean section, bathed Chinyere Igwe with hot soup and poured hot water on her for not making the soup the way she wanted it. Okochi’s husband was also reported to have beaten up the housemaid immediately he returned from work when his wife…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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Ogoni clean-up is all noise, says Niger Delta monarch

Chairman, Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, King Suanu Baridam, the Kasimene Bangha VII, yesterday said that the Ogoni cleanup exercise that was launched by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta, was all noise as there was no sign to suggest that the government was serious with the exercise. Already, reports said some concerned citizens in the region would be filing legal action against the Federal Government at an Abuja high court today. Also, our visit to the devastated communities revealed so much worries…

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Varsity, Bethel College sign MoU to run degree programmes

The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), has reiterated the university’s determination to sustain its position as a leading centre of excellence in academic and research in the country and the world in general. This was as the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun pointed out that the university would not rest on its oars in sustaining excellence in all spheres of the university development. He, however, disclosed this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on affiliation agreement with the Bethel College of Education, a private institution located at…

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