A man walks along the former jetty of Ugborodo, Nigeria, June 13, 2016. The water in the area is heavily polluted by oil. Nigeria's president promised to stamp out terrorism in the north and to rebuild the economy. But the nation now faces terrorism, separatism and low oil prices. (Jane Hahn/The New York Times)
Shell Partner On Safe Water in Ogoni
Eni and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a Collaborative Agreement to foster access to safe and clean water in Nigeria by drilling boreholes powered with photovoltaic systems, both for domestic use and irrigation purposes.
According to FAO, the project aims to contribute to the humanitarian interventions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities, suffering from the North East – Lake Chad crisis, which have led to unprecedented levels of population displacements and prolonged disruption of agricultural, livestock and fishing activities.
The collaboration addresses Federal Government’s request to Oil and Gas Companies to provide support in alleviating the sufferings of the victims of insurgency in the North East region, by launching sustainable intervention programmes that will have a positive impact on the lives of affected communities. In this framework the project is aligned to the “The Buhari Plan-Rebuilding the North East” for comprehensive humanitarian relief and socio-economic stabilization of the North-East region.
The FAO Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Suffyan Koroma commended the federal government initiative saying the approach will support the efforts to rebuild livelihoods in the region, paving way for intervention strategies to cascade from humanitarian to development nexus, as the insurgency ebbs out.
He said, “the Northeast is not strange to FAO, our interventions in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the three states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, has helped Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in camps and those returning to liberated communities, including host communities, to return to their farms and pick up the bits and pieces of their lives again”.
Alberto Piatti, Eni’s Executive Vice President for Responsible and Sustainable Enterprise, said: “Public-Private Partnerships allow institutions to leverage on the skills of the private sector, and help companies to respond to development needs identified by institutions. They are an opportunity to enhance the role companies can play in sustainable development”.
The Access to Water project is the first initiative promoted in the FAO – Eni collaboration. Within this project, FAO will provide support in identifying
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