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Private Sector Express Concerns over Rise in Cholera Case

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The Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) Abuja chapter, expressed concerns about the increasing case of cholera outbreak in the country.

Dr Nicholas Igwe, its National Coordinator of Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, told the News Agency that recent cholera outbreaks were worrisome and called for concerted efforts to improve waste management in Nigeria.

He said: “We observed Nigeria’s most recent cholera outbreaks with keen interest. It is within our duty as part of the Clean Nigeria Campaign to create strategies to eliminate cholera, a water-borne disease.

“In the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) alone, there are 1,885 cases, resulting in 31 deaths. In totality, the country is dealing with a whopping 20,000 cases which exceeds that of COVID-19.

“More than half of Nigeria has been impacted by this outbreak,’’ he complained.

Igwe said it was the responsibility of all to reverse this trend and noted that sewage treatment systems, particularly in urban cities such as Abuja and Lagos, were at an unacceptable standard.

He noted that water bodies in surrounding communities contained faecal matters believed to be a major contributing factor to the outbreak.

He said OPS-WASH as the umbrella body for private sector engagement in WASH, had received full cooperation from the FCT and real estate developers in the true spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration.

“We would also like to announce that as we are a product of Sanitation and Water for All, we have welcomed the first international company to the private sector component of the Clean Nigeria Campaign,’’ he said.

The national coordinator hinted that a Dubai-based company would be working closely with the OPS-WASH team to ensure the provision of the most efficient solutions to the problem.

Igwe commended all stakeholders taking the lead in achieving the Clean Nigeria campaign and enjoined them to keep the 2025 Open Defecation-free target date at heart.

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Kano State: Ganduje to Establish Mega Schools on Illegal Lands

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has began the establish Mega Schools on Illegal lands in Kano state, metropolitan area amid mass abduction of schoolchildren by bandits in Nigeria.

The Kano governor Ganduje has began the revocation of properties not properly documented and those illegally owned within the Kano state metropolitan area to establish mega secondary schools.

Kano state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, made this known in a statement in Kano.

In view of the recent prevailing security challenges, coupled with the congestion of schools on the outskirts of the city, Kano state government has commenced revocation of illegally acquired or not properly documented properties and structures within the metropolitan area for the establishment mega secondary schools,” said the statement.

The Kano state government explained that it took the step to decongest boarding schools in Kano, following abductions of students from boarding schools in neighbouring states.

According to the statement, the Kano government has begin reviewing the security situation to counter bandits.

A property located at Filin Bola, along Court Road in Tarauni local government, was seized by the Kano government without a building permit.

The government confiscated it and will establish such school on it,” said the information commissioner.

He revealed that the government would also confiscate properties developed in areas not earmarked for them.

Mr Garba added that the government was also currently “looking into cases of land approvals for residential purposes, but converted to shops or commercial plots that are now turned to residential buildings and vice versa.”

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Live Update: Remo 1-1 Insurance FC in NNL Super8

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The live Update of Remo Stars FC Vs Bendel Insurance FC, as it is the match is currently at halftime and both teams have settled for 1-1 draw.

Imade Osarenkhoe, Bendel Insurance FC striker once again justifies his inclusion in the starting 11 by giving his side the lead after he advanced into the box to poke home the opener in the midst of a the crowded box. In getting the equaliser, Nduka Junior rose head home from his team’s free kick to level things up for the Soname boys.

It’s been a tough one so far in the first half, with both side playing with determination to end the game on positive end

Bendel Insurance 1-1 Remo Stars in the Nigeria National League (NNL)

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Igbo are in Charge of Economy in Nigeria – President Buhari

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President Buhari has stated that the Igbo are in charge of economy in Nigeria, this was made known via his verified Facebook page while thanking Imo state for their warm reception they gave him during his commissioning visit.

In his words he wrote: I thank the Government and people of Imo State for the very warm reception accorded me during my visit yesterday. It was a pleasure to visit Imo State and to be hosted by Governor Hope Uzodimma.

I was pleased to see and commission his impactful infrastructure projects, and to note that he is giving infrastructure the same kind of priority that we are giving it at the Federal level.

I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses. And the Igbos will especially benefit from this ongoing infrastructure revolution, because, as a group, they are truly the most enterprising.

There is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of economic activities. The evidence is there for everyone to see, that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.

It is therefore unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.

Let me again say that I was very pleased with what I saw in Imo State, and I would like to assure that I will support Imo State and the entire region within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Federal Government will complete all ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge, and other major highways, as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.

This have however spark several reactions on social media with some in support of some of his words while others are against it.

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