The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) has donated various receptacles to Kano State Government to complement efforts towards providing clean and healthy environment.
Presenting the items at the Ministry of Environment on Friday in Kano, the Head, Corporate Services of the bank, Mr Idris Salihu, said the move was pertinent to recognition of government effort.
Salihu said that in spite of numerous challenges, the government had continued to strive to provide a clean environment.
“As an institution which has the mandate of ensuring a clean and safe environment, we recognise the efforts you have put in place and we feel it is important to complement and encourage you by presenting to you these receptacles,’’ he said.
According to him, Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) talks about climate action and how corporate, including private and public sectors, should work together to pursue issues that ensure sustainability.
“This is also tied into the 16 elements of the 2030 that Nigeria has signed to on the Millennium Development Goals,” said Salihu.
He added that no doubt, going by the records, the state government has committed much effort towards achieving these goals.
Salihu stated that in line with this year’s World Environmental Day, the receptacles would help in refuse collection thereby preventing environmental pollution which has become a major source of concern worldwide.
“The campaign for a clean and safe environment is a joint responsibility for both the private and public sector.
“Goal 13 of the SDG has made this clear and I must say that we are impressed at what the Kano State Government is doing through this Ministry of Environment.
“This donation today marks the beginning of our journey together and I assure you that our doors are open to assist you in providing a cleaner, safe and pollution free environment in the state,’’ he said.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Aliyu Garo, while expressing gratitude over the kind gesture, said the state has done a lot in terms of climate change mitigation and waste management.
He said it was important to note that Gov. Abba Yusuf of Kano state has passion for the environment which was a source of relief.
Garo commended the bank and assured that the ministry would make judicious use of the donated items by making sure they are placed at strategic locations for waste collections. (NAN)
Tinubu Inaugurates Rural Water Projects in Benue
President Bola Tinubu on Thursday inaugurated 15 motorised boreholes in Benue to address the problem of portable drinking water in the state. .
President Tinubu while inaugurating the projects at Wannue, Tarka Local Government Area, said the boreholes were funded by the National Lottery Trust Fund.
He was represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr Zaphaniah Jisalo.
He said that a total of 19 motorised boreholes were constructed by the Trust Fund, adding that 15 of them were located in Tarka and Gboko Local Government Areas of Benue.
“Let me commend the management of the Trust Fund for successfully delivering 19 motorized boreholes across the nation within the shortest possible time.
“These noble projects in water and sanitation will no doubt bring access to clean portable water closer to the beneficiaries, curb the spread of diseases, and improve the health of the benefiting communities,“he said.
He said the lottery has huge potential both as a wealth generator and its impact on the growth of the economy, therefore the Government will strengthen the lottery legislation.
“Over the years across jurisdictions, wealth generated from lottery has been used to transform societies through the provision of infrastructural, and socio-economic development across the world.
“Given the potential of the lottery/gaming business, one can easily appreciate the enormous prospect that it holds for a country like Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million people.
“Accordingly, the government will do everything humanly possible to revitalise this industry that holds great promise for Nigeria in raising enormous revenues.
“Therefore, the government is committed to putting policies meant to automate revenue collections, repealing the National Lottery Act (NLA), 2005 with the National Gaming Act, in order to accommodate the growing dynamism of lottery business in the country.
“This will help to steer the industry to international best practices for improved returns to good causes and interventions across the country.” he said
The President appealed to the benefiting communities to own the projects and protect the same for improved sanitation and hygiene.
Earlier, Dr Bello Maigari, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Lottery Trust Fund, said they have constructed a total of 15 motorized boreholes in 15 selected communities in Benue.
Dr Maigari said all the 15 motorised boreholes were completed and will be commissioned and handed over for public use.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the government to continue the programme, until every community in dire need of portable water across the six geo-political zones of the country was reached.
“The World Bank estimates that 70 million Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water. Nigeria has abundant water resources, but poor water management practices and inadequate infrastructure.
“This knowledge has further consolidated the agency’s initiative to provide the basic infrastructure needed to strengthen access to clean portable water.
“This will in turn curb the spread of diseases and improve good health and wellbeing of the benefiting communities,”he said.
Also speaking, a representative of the late JS Tarka family, Mr Moses Tarka, said water remained their greatest challenge within the area.
Tarka said that before the construction of the motorised borehole, they usually trek for about two to three kilometres to access water that was not even clean.
He said with the construction of the borehole the whole area now have access to clean water, and commended the Federal Government for remembering them.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the motorised borehole situated at Wannue was sited at the ancestral home of late JS Tarka.(NAN)
Ebonyi Fire Fighters Rescue Fuel Tanker, Station from Fire – Official
The Ebonyi Fire Service Commission said that it successfully rescued a tanker that was dispensing Premium Motor Spirit at SunPet Filling Station from being consumed by fire on Friday.
The Director of the commission, Mr Raphael Ibiam, said this in Abakaliki.
Ibiam said that the tanker caught fire from the heat emitted by a generating set used for dispensing the product.
He said that the fire was quickly averted by his team of firefighters.
He said the team arrived at the station, located at Ishieke Junction on the Abakaliki-Enugu highway, and acted promptly to prevent further escalation of the fire to the station.
Ibiam also said that an official of the station was partially wounded and currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed health facility.
He further said that the fire burnt the generator, tyres of the truck and the hose for offloading of products.
“The incident happened around 10:38am from the generator to the tyres but we were able to manage the fire.
“The driver of the truck quickly drove out from the station to avoid escalation,” Ibiam said.
He called on the public to adhere to precautionary measures to prevent fire outbreaks.
He also admonished the residents, traders, petrol service stations, among other outlets, to keep a fire extinguisher to control fire outbreaks. (NAN)
80-year-old Woman Dies in Oyingbo Building Collapse
Oyingbo building collapse has claimed the life of an 80-year-old-woman and displaced seven families on Thursday.
The Territorial Coordinator, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development in Lagos.
Farinloye said the building had shown signs of distress for a very long time and finally collapsed partially on Thursday morning.
He said two households were fortunate to escape from the building shortly before the incident occurred at about 7.45 a.m.
“It was reported that the two storey building located at No 34, Oloto Street, off Borno way, Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area with GPS coordinates: N6°28’42.09 – E3°23’11.09 had been showing signs of distressed earlier.
“In order to prevent further threats to the residents of the neighbourhood, the officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency has commenced immediate and tactical demolitions of the remaining parts of the building,” Farinloye said. (NAN)
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