President Bola Tinubu on Friday, 4 August, 2023 sent a letter to the Nigerian Senate, seeking approval for military action and other sanctions against the military officers who have seized power in the Niger Republic.
President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, read the letter on the floor of the Upper Chamber on Friday.
The letter read, “Political situation in Niger.
“Following the unfortunate political situation in the Niger Republic culminating in the overthrow of its President, ECOWAS under my leadership condemned the coup in its entirety and resolved to seek the return of the democratically elected govt. in a bid to restore peace, ECOWAS convened a meeting and came out with a communique.
“Closure and monitoring of all land borders with the Niger Republic and reactivation of the border drilling exercise.
”Cutting off Electricity supply to the Niger Republic
”Mobilizing international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique
“Preventing the operation of commercial and special flights into and from Niger Republic
“Blockade of goods in transit to Niger especially from Lagos and eastern seaports
“Embarking on sensitization of Nigerians and Nigerians on the imperative of these actions, particularly via social media
“Military build-up and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance of the military junta in Niger should they remain recalcitrant”
USAID Provides Access to Clean Water Supply to Over 73,000 People in Rural Communities in Kebbi and Sokoto States
More than 73,000 people in Kebbi and Sokoto States gained access to improved water supply following the construction of 19 new solar-powered boreholes and the rehabilitation of 27 non-functional hand pump boreholes. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) support improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene in health centers, schools, and underserved communities.
The two-year Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Services (i-WASH) activity worked with state ministries, local government WASH units, rural water supply and sanitation agencies, and local communities to improve WASH services in seven schools, four health centers, and 46 rural communities. The activity guaranteed access to 13 improved Latrine and 17 handwashing facilities for school students and users of primary healthcare centers. About 100 remote sensors were deployed to monitor water pumps in Kebbi and Sokoto States.
Speaking on the successful completion of the i-WASH activity recently in Abuja, USAID/Nigeria WASH Team Lead, Latif-ur Rahman said, “Through our partnership with Green Habitat Initiative, we have introduced a new system of remote monitoring of the functionality of water pumps to increase transparency and accountability of WASH investments and reduce the downtime of facilities.”
This $2 million i-WASH activity contributed to the Nigerian government’s efforts to reduce waterborne diseases and associated socio-economic challenges and is helping to accelerate Nigeria’s achievement of health, water, and sanitation targets for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 6.
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