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50 percent of Abuja residents defecate openly, FG says

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The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has released a damning data on open defecation in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

It said no fewer than 50 percent of FCT residents defecate openly due to the challenge of non-availability of toilets in public places.

The ministry’s Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Emmanuel Awe, disclosed this at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) Meeting with Head Teachers of Primary Schools in the FCT.

According to him, the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with UNICEF, had conducted the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) NORM survey in Nigeria to collect the latest information on improved water access.

“The data also showed that no fewer than 47 million Nigerians are involved in open defecation, and poor sanitation and hygiene practices.’’

He noted that available data showed that the North Central part of the country has the largest population of open defecation practice, calling for collective action to halt this narrative.

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He said the meeting was apt and in line with the current efforts of the ministry to scale up access to water and sanitation in the county. He said the data also showed that young persons, including school children who spent one-quarter of their time in the school environment, ought to have access to toilets if open defecation practice can stop.

“It is very sad from available data from WASH Norms that the north central part of the country has the largest population of open defecation practices, Abuja is part of it.”

It is worthy to note that we are all affected by open defecation practice one way or the other, even if you don’t practice it, your driver, people around do it, so, we must all rise up to change the culture of open defecation.”

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The director said that efforts of the Federal Government to end open defecation practice includes the inauguration of the Open Defecation Free Roadmap by 2025, and the “Clean Nigeria, Use a Toilet” Campaign.

He said that this would emphasise behavioural change for people to build, use their toilets and efficient application of resources toward the improvement of access to WASH services in Nigeria.

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Earlier, the WASH Ambassador, Ms Ebele Okeke, noted that sanitation and hygiene were critical and central to the health of the children, saying it was key to social, economic development of the country.

She said that the meeting was a call to action to the need for safe drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene practices, stressing that no fewer than 50 percent of schools lack improved sanitation facilities.

“It is clear that the challenges posed by sanitation and hygiene in schools can only be successfully addressed through the collaborative efforts of the parents and teachers of the children.

“It is therefore important that we collectively work towards providing focus and direction for the implementation of hygiene practices for the school environment.”

 

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Lady teams up with her friends to smash boyfriend’s windscreen after he cheated on her (video)

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A video making rounds on social media show the moment a lady teamed up with her friends to smash the windscreen of her lover.

According to the video, it could be heard that the guy cheated on the lady with some of her friends.

This caused the lady to invite some of her friends over to deal with him.

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From the video, the lady can be seen ordering her friend to break the windscreen and her friend obeyed the order to the latter.

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Air Peace evacuates 301 Chinese from Nigeria

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Air Peace has evacuated 301 Chinese from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s most populous, commercial city.

Mr. Stanley Olisa, Spokesman of the airline, said in a statement on Friday that the evacuation which took place on Thursday was arranged by the Chinese government.

Olisa said that the flight took off about 10: 05 p.m. Nigerian time and arrived in China at about 1:15 p.m. Nigerian time on Friday.

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He said that Air Peace was also the airline that evacuated Israelis in Nigeria late March and has been contacted by other countries for evacuation operations.

“Air Peace on Thursday, May 28, operated its second flight to China as we evacuated 301 Chinese nationals back to their country,” he said.

He added The flight departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at exactly 10.05 p.m to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China.

He said Air Peace deployed its Boeing 777 aircraft with the registration number 5N-BWI for the evacuation exercise.

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The Regional Airport Manager, South West, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba, said the flight: P47807 pushed back from the Echo terminal of MMIA at 9:40 p.m. with 325 souls on board – 301 Chinese evacuees and 24 crew members.

She explained that all relevant government agencies such as FAAN, Nigeria Immigration Service, Port Health Services officials, and others were fully on the ground to ensure the success of the evacuation exercise.

“Air Peace is slated to carry out more evacuation operations for other nationals living in Nigeria, as the airline and other domestic operators gear up to resume scheduled flight operations soon.

“There are indications that commercial flight operations would resume early June, as the Nigerian Civil

Aviation Authority (NCAA) has started auditing airlines in preparation for scheduled passenger service,” she said.

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Obiano signs COVID-19 Prevention Bill into law

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Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Friday signed into the Anambra State COVID-19 and Other Dangerous Diseases Prevention and Eradication bill into law.

Speaking at a ceremony before signing the bill into law, Obiano called for strict compliance with the law, saying that his administration was committed to enforcing the law to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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He commended the Speaker of the state’s house of assembly, Mr. Uche Okafor, for the speedy passage of the bill.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Uju Nworgu, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said the new law had to do with how to prevent COVID-19.

According to reports that the bill has 15 sections with many sub-sections, dwelling on the current lockdown, closure of educational institutions, and other issues.

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The new law stipulates N10, 000 fine, community service, or both for non-adherence to face mask-wearing.

Obiano also signed the Public procurement Amendment bill into law.

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