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Agbor Community Declares 2 Men Wanted

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Mr Anthony Ehikwe and Mr Ohoh Evans Solomon are being declared wanted by Agbor community for providing shelter to his brother Mr Monday Ehikwe who is wanted for same-sex offences with Mr Godwin Okwose.

The deputy traditional doctor found Anthony Ehikwe and his friend Mr Evans Solomon traditionally liable for the same sex offences and witchcraft practices and shielding his brother Monday Ehikwe.

The community have seized their land accusing them of breaching traditional norms and practice.

Anthony Ehikwe and Solomon were supposed to appear before the chief priest and royal highness, the Obi of Ejeme-Unor on the 5th of May 2018, but they consciously failed to appear.

Meanwhile, their where about are unknown, and they have been declared wanted by the community and civil defence.

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GCF, UNEP seek to fortify the Gambia against droughts, floods

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The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources of the Gambia, Lamin Dibba, has said that a Green Climate Fund (GCF)-funded adaptation project launched on Tuesday, January 24, 2018 will provide benefits across the West African country.
Minster of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources in Gambia, Lamin B. Dibba
“This timely assistance will integrate ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change into planning at the national, district and village levels throughout the Gambia,” said Minister Dibba. “Increasingly severe droughts during the past few years, along with the threat of sea level rise, means the Gambia is particularly susceptible to a changing climate.”

The project , which combines a $20.5 million GCF grant with a $5 million outlay from the government of the Gambia, will restore agricultural landscapes and degraded ecosystems – including forests, mangroves and savannahs – using climate-resilient tree and shrub species across an area of at least 10,000 hectares.
The six-year project along the Gambia River in four of the country’s seven regions is being implemented by UN Environment (UNEP), a GCF Accredited Entity.
Pa Ousman Jarju, GCF’s Director of Country Programming Division, said the project is strengthening the government’s mainstreaming of climate change adaptation across all levels of government. “I am pleased to see this remains a major government priority,” said Mr Jarju.
Mr Jarju added environmental degradation comes with severe economic consequences, as it reduces soil fertility and lowers agricultural productivity. He said this is especially devastating in a country like the Gambia, which relies on agriculture for about 40 percent of its national exports and 26 percent of its GDP.
The geographic nature of this smallest mainland African country, a meandering strip of land which follows the Gambia River and is no wider than 80 km, means it is vulnerable to rising sea levels as well as drought. The combined effects of sea level rise, erosion of coastal embankments and increased river sedimentation threaten to dislocate communities through major flooding.
UN Environment representative Ermira Fida, UN Environment’s Green Climate Fund Coordinator, said during the project launch this initiative is estimated to benefit over 11,000 people, over half of whom will be women.
“UN Environment is particularly proud of this project as its ecosystem-based adaptation approach not only helps vulnerable rural communities build resilience over large landscapes. it also empowers them to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take climate change action,” she said.

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New WaterAid scheme in Bauchi to ‘go beyond just providing toilets and taps’

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The Abuja-based Water Aid Nigeria on Friday, January 26, 2018 announced the commencement of a new project aimed at highlighting how essential clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are to human activity and for national development.
Mai ruwa, or water vendors, in Makurdi, Benue State. The new WaterAid project in Bauchi State, says the group, will go beyond just providing toilets and taps
Titled “Strengthening Water Sanitation and Hygiene Delivery Systems (SWADS)”, the three-year project will be executed in Bauchi State. Supported by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), the initiative seeks, according to WaterAid, to fortify the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to deliver equitable and sustainable access to WASH services to the poor and marginalised people in the state through district wide and rights based approaches.

The project, it was gathered, follows a successful partnership with HSBC from 2012-2016 worth $25 million and implemented in six of WaterAid International’s country programmes – Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria and Ghana. This second phase of the project from 2017-19 is worth $12 million and is being implemented in the same six countries.
WaterAid Nigeria carried out the first phase of the project across three states – Bauchi, Benue and Plateau, transforming the lives of communities in these three states by implementing a mixture of low-cost technologies delivering lasting water, sanitation and hygiene solutions. Over the course of the project, the group said it was able to reach over 220,000 people with clean water and nearly 400,000 with sanitation facilities.
The second phase of the project will however be implemented in Bauchi State, where 65% of the people are said to lack access to sanitation and just over half have access to clean water; even as most of the citizens who do not have access to these services are in the rural areas.
Through the SWADS project, WaterAid says it will strive to support government-led plans in ensuring that WASH is prioritised in policies, plans and budgets; to improve WASH services in communities; to empower citizens to demand their rights and hold government accountable for the provision of sustainable WASH services as well as support to improve cross-sector integration towards increasing access to these basic needs for everyone, everywhere.
Oluseyi Abdulmalik, WaterAid Nigeria’s Communication and Media Manager, said: “Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene is crucial for human and national development yet 33% of Nigeria’s population does not have clean water, 67% do not have a decent toilet and 26% practice open defecation. The impact onhealth, education, livelihoods, women and girls is enormous. We must change the status quo and to do this, we must go beyond just providing toilets and taps; we must deliver sustainable interventions that are driven by a strong sector.
“We are enthusiastic about the SWADS project and we’ve been brainstorming, planning and collaborating with a wide range of partners and stakeholders at different governance levels and with the relevant expertise and skills required to help unblock the challenges and to strengthen the systems responsible for providing increased access to water, sanitation and hygiene to the citizens.
“Our leaders must honour their commitment to ensure everyone everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
“From high level advocacy engagements, political economy analyses, local government area selection processes, assessments of civil society organisations, context analysis and baseline surveys, a project design meeting and a project start-up workshop, WaterAid is working with the government and people of Bauchi State to strengthen systems and structures towards delivering increased and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the state.”

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THE LAYI EROGBOGBO FOUNDATION PLANS ANOTHER FREE THYROID SURGERY

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This is Adenike Adesanya. She is 44yrs old , and has lived with the stigma of goitre for 20 years. She is a married hardworking Lagosian with a promising future. She reached out to us after we were highly recommended by a LASUTH official.
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