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id21 highlights special issue on sanitation


The December 2008 special issue of “id21 highlights” on sanitation was produced by in collaboration with the IDS research and action learning programme, ‘Going to Scale? The Potential of Community-Led Total Sanitation’.

The 4-page issue includes the following items:

  • Zambian villagers meet sanitation goals
  • Useful resources
  • Ending open defecation in Nigeria
  • Scaling up CLTS
  • Community selfmobilisation

Read the full issue here

Visit the project web site here

Nigeria, Kano State: NGO Constructs 40 Toilets in Schools

A Kano based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), has constructed about 40 modern toilets in schools and primary health care facilities across the state. Disclosing this on the occasion of commissioning the toilets as part of activities to mark the International Women Day at Gabasawa Local Government of Kano state, the Director of WOFAN, Hajiya Salamatu Garba, said the gesture was to ensure good environment of the schools and the health centers.

She said WOFAN has earlier on constructed and commissioned about 96 toilets in 23 schools in 6 local government areas of the state with additional 42 boreholes. [...] Salamatu noted that many a times, children were being hit by vehicles while crossing the roads in search of water or toilet.

[...] In her speech, the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Amina Shekarau who doubled as ambassador for Gender and Water Alliance said they have decided to celebrate the International Women’s Day in Kano to impact directly on the lives of women and children.  “It was because of this that we decided to give the theme for this year’s event as women and men united to provide adequate water and ensure good and healthy environment in the rural areas.”

Source: Halima Musa, Daily Trust / allAfrica.com, 11 Mar 2009

Nigeria: Country Doesn’t Have Health Care Waste Management Plan – USAID

Nigeria does not have health care waste management plan thus putting its citizens at the risk of infecting blood related diseases, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID], Country Director, said in Abuja weekend.

Health care wastes are ones driven from used syringes, scissors and other hospital wastes that need to be disposed after use because of their risk to humans and the environment.

However, Dr. Abimbola Soyande told newsmen after her team’s courtesy visit to the Minister of Environment, Mr John Odey, the country does not have any plan for health care waste management.

Said she: “Right now, the waste management of the country is in limbo because we don’t have a plan. We don’t have any policy for healthcare waste especially our wastes from hospitals are just mixed with municipal waste. And that means the whole community is at risk of infecting HIV, hepatitis and other blood related illnesses.

Soyande said the purpose of their visit is to intimate the Minister on their efforts to partner the Ministry to develop some documents towards having a proper healthcare waste management in the country.

She said: “we have been working with the Ministries of Environment, Health and other partners to develop three major documents. These are Healthcare Waste Management Guideline, Healthcare Waste Management Policy and Healthcare Waste Management Implementation Plan.”

According to her, the project started in 2002 by the Ministry of Environment where USAID, under a project called Making Medical Injection Safer, helped them in capacity building and technical support.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Environment, Mr John Odey, assured that the documents will be presented to the Federal Executive Council [FEC] for consideration and adoption.

Source – Daily Trust

Nigeria: DMT Mobile Toilets to produce gas from human waste

DMT Mobile Toilet's motto

DMT Mobile Toilet's motto

DMT Mobile Toilets, has unveiled a programme [to] generate at least 35 per cent gas for domestic use and electricity from human and animal waste for the Lagos mega city project [in 2009]. The mega city project is jointly being promoted by the Federal Government, Lagos and Ogun State governments.

According to the Chairman of DMT Mobile Toilets, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, the biogas plant is designed to process and convert sanitation waste into cooking gas and other gases that could be used to generate electricity at its site on the Lagos-Ibadan Experssway.

[...] The plant, which was developed with technical assistance from DMT‘s foreign partner, Environmental Resource Management Foundation, will commence production in 2009. [R]aw materials for the plant would be sourced from DMT’s mobile toilets, abattoirs and septic tanks.

[T]he plant would power a housing estate near it on an experimental basis.

DMT founder Isaac Durojaiye

Former bodyguard, DMT founder Isaac Durojaiye

[DMT plans to introduce] six new designs [...] within the first quarter of 2009 that will incorporate overhead 300-litre tanks, solar lighting and air freshener dispensers. Plastic will also replace ceramic toilet fittings to prevent breakages and to act as an added safety measure, especially in schools.

[DMT runs a] Basic Toilet for Schools Scheme through which schools [are] offered mobile toilets at special discounts. The company had earlier donated 100 toilets to public schools in Lagos and Ogun states.

DMT stands for Dignified Mobile Toilets.  At the beginning of 2008, DMT founder and Managing Director, Isaac Durojaiye, was one of five Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows, who were recognised for developing innovative sanitation business models.

See a Sept 2008 Reuters video on DMT here.

Source: Akinpelu Dada, The Punch, 22 Dec 2008

Nigeria – Sokoto Establishes Sanitation Mobile Courts

Following the re-introduction of monthly sanitation in Sokoto by the state government, sanitation mobile courts are to be established to try violators of sanitation laws.

Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry of Environment Engr. Muhammed Jabi Shagari said this while addressing offenders during the flag off of the monthly exercise at the weekend. Six vehicles and 32 motorcycles were apprehended for violating sanitation rules.

According to Engr. Jabi Shagari, the Sokoto state Task Force Committee on Environmental Sanitation was lenient to them as the exercise was re-launched that day.

He said the committee would be very strict during subsequent exercise and that anyone apprehended would be punished accordingly.

The permanent secretary called on motorists and motorcyclists to refrain from movement during the exercise, while urging all members of the public to cooperate with the state government in order to ensure good sanitary condition of the state capital.

He said it is vital that traders and residents ensure that their surroundings are kept clean at all times.

Chairman of the committee and state commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Tsalha Sidi Mamman who noted the large turn out of the various groups and organizations for the sanitation exercise, said the gesture contributed to the success recorded.

He said it is their determination to ensure the restoration of the lost glory of the state capital as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

Read More – allAfrica.com

Improving community sanitation in Uchi, Nigeria

UCHI, Nigeria, 12 November 2008 – UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai visited Uchi Community Primary School, located in Benue State, Nigeria recently, where she toured the school’s improved water and sanitation facilites. (…)

After the tour, the pupils gave Dr. Sakai a demonstration of how to properly wash your hands. Dr. Sakai said that she was happy that the children can learn through their actions what it means to have good hygiene.

“We all know in our heads, in our minds that it is healthy, but when you start as a child, it becomes a habit,” she stressed. (…)

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Nigeria: N198 Million Released to States for Sanitation – Unicef

Daily Champion (Lagos)

More than N198 million has been released for the implementation of International Year of sanitation (IYS) activities in 33 states of the federation for this year. (…)

Mr. Bisi Agberemi, UNICEF Water and Sanitation (WASH) activities specialist disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja last Sunday. (…)

At the national level, he said, Hand Washing campaign had been launched by the first Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua and similar campaign had been conducted in 16 states and various Local Government Areas. (…)

Read all All Africa.com 

Original story Daily Champion

Nigeria: 1 Million Latrines – Benue to Get 29,000 Units

Benue State is expected to get 29,716 out of the one million latrines to be provided in the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nigeria by the Federal Government and UNICEF.

The latrines, according to reports, are to be provided between now and 2015 for improved health of the people, as provided for in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In Benue State, each of the 23 Local Councils are to get 1,292 latrines for the convenience of the people, with the hope that the number will increase with time.

Read more: Abel Orih Idoma, This Day (Lagos) / allAfrica.com, 26 Aug 2008

Nigeria: Landlord beats 70-yr-old tenant to death – For failure to flush toilet

A landlord in Benin City, the Edo State capital, [...] allegedly beat a 70-year-old tenant to death following disagreement over the use of a toilet in the house.

The landlord of the house, located at Isirukhe Street in Benin City, who was said to have inherited the property from his late father, reportedly beat the septuagenarian to a pulp for failing to flush the toilet after use.

Read more: Uchechukwu Olisah, Nigerian Tribune, 03 Sep 2008

Nigeria: Nigeria: ‘Improved Sanitation Will Lead to Development’

This Day (Lagos), posted to the web 6 August 2008, Yinka Kolawole, Osogbo

In line with the International Year of Sanitation in the country, the Osun State Government has mapped out strategies to combat factors militating against improved environment sanitation in the state. Speaking with THISDAY exclusively, the State Commissioner of Environment Alhaji Ademola Adio Kazeem noted that to make the strategies work, awareness and proper education would be mounted to assist in eradicating the environmental problem. (…)

Read all AllAfrica.com, original source ThisDay(Lagos)