Residents and water consumers in Bauchi State lamented over hike bills of water supplied by the State Water and Sewerage Corporation (BSCWSC).
A spokesman of the residents who is also the Ward head of Gwallaga Alhaji Dandada Ahmadu stated this at a sensitization exercise conducted in Gwallaga, Wunti and Yan-Tifa communities of Bauchi Local Government Area on Thursday.
Ahmadu enumerated other challenges to include low water pressure and low duration of supply of water to consumers which he described as inadequate.
“Some of our challenges also include, pipe blockages, pipe leakages, supply of muddy water, low frequency and unfulfilled promises of free water by politicians “. Dandada added
Our correspondent reports that the sensitization and the awareness meeting was implemented by Rahama Women Development Programme with the support of USAID and WASH coordination project (WCP)
Speaking at advocacy visit to community and Religious leaders, the program manager of RAHAMA, a Bauchi based NGO Mr. Yohanna Yisa Doko said, the sensitization aimed at creating awareness on “consumers rights to access and supply of water, their responsibilities to the public utility and need for community ownership of public facilities”.
He said, as a result of the interaction RAHAMA alongside community representative of three water consumer groups that visited 300 households to educate consumers on need to avoid wastage of water and report damage to public water utility in their respective communities.
“The advocacy exercise gave us the opportunity to create awareness on Water usage, consumer responsibility, water consumers right, reporting water related issues, improve consumers awareness to demand quality, reliable and equity of service from water utility”. Yisa Doko added.
In his remark, the Coordinator of WCP in Bauchi Engineer Soni Elisha implored community leaders to sustain the tempo of the sensitization so as to promote understanding between water consumers and the Bauchi State water and Sewerage Corporation
Bauchi Govt. To Conduct Selection Examination For 2018 Medical Team To Jerusalem.
The Executive Secretary Christian Pilgrimage Welfare Board (CPWB) Bauchi, Engineer Daniel Shawulu on Tuesday says Selection Examination will be Conducted for Medical Personal team willing to work during the 2018 pilgrimage to Jerusalem from the state.
Shawulu stated this at press briefing on the level of preparation for the 2018 Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem in Bauchi.
He said the selection examination for doctors and nurses, that will constitute the medical team to jerusalem this year is necessary to have merit personal and reduced bias in selection.
“The exams will be conducted through Computer-Based Test to the candidates who registered through our websites.
“The selection was an improvement based on merit, rather than bias of selection process of the medical team,” he said
According to him, we want to change the system instead of somebody sitting down in his house and making a list of people to represent the medical team, he added that “We felt that merit should take the fore front in the selection process.
“There is no Godfatherism here and that is what we are advocating for, that everything should be based on merit.
“The doctors will paid a bit more than the nurses, the doctors will pay N7000 and nurses will pay N5000 for registration,” Mr Shawulu said.
The Executive Secretary said registration of intending pilgrims have stated with registration fee of N180, 000 exclusive of Basic travelling allowances and Administrative charges.
He however warned that this year pilgrimage is strictly spiritual inclined not for merchandise or pleasure.
“This year’s pilgrimage is not for pleasure, tourism, merchandise or get way for you to leave the country.
“Pilgrims should be there to perform spiritual activities such as prayers for the nation’s peace and stability, unity prospects and pray for yourself and the family, he said.
Mr.Shawulu noted that arrangement will be concluded before the end of this month of November 24, for pilgrimage to be uplifted
Save our future, invest in Renewable Energy- Africa environmentalists cry out
Environmentalists on the continent of Africa have called on their respective governments to think more of the continent future and less of profiteering by transiting from fossil fuel to renewable energy resources.
They made the call in Abuja where they attended the two weeks long Biannual Meeting of the Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), where Just Energy Transition (JET) was one of the focuses.
The Activists who spoke to Peoples Daily exclusively appealed to the various governments on the continent to follow the global trend and embrace renewable energy sources for sustainable development.
According to David Kureeba of Association of Professional Environmentalists and the Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEI) Uganda, time has come for African Leanders to stop behaving like Rats who eats without remembering tomorrow.
He said apart from the environmental harzards posed to the environment, fossil fuel, which was non renewable, was subject to complete depletion someday, wondering what the continent was leaving for the future generation.
He argued that using job creation and general economic development as reason behind indiscriminate mining and minerals excavation in Africa was not tenable, saying a fully developed renewable energy sector could ensure that and even more.
He said: “In Africa and the world over we are aware that energy is the primary engine for development. Most African countries however see fossil fuel as the only energy and this is a non renewable resources that once depleted there would be a huge challenge.
“So, in the conference we are looking at how the funds gotten from fossil fuel can be invested in the development of the renewable resources for sustainable development.”
He said the task before Africa was to think of how best to transit from the use of fossil fuel to renewable energy.
“This is to ensure that Africa does not continue to mine oil and gas since the devastating effect of climate change is already steering the continent in the face.”
Citing his country, Uganda as example, Kureeba said “There is a creeping experience in Uganda where prolonged drought is being experience now, an experience that was not known to us. As a predominantly agricultural country this experience has come down hard on us since we can no longer predict rain fall.”
He said Uganda recently discovered oil in commercial and the country was already laying a pipe stretching about 1400km, a development he said would exacerbate climate change impact on the country.
“It is unfortunate that most African governments are only concerned with economic growth even when it is at the detriment of the environment. They bother mostly about creating jobs, middle income earners but they overlook the fact that developing renewable energy sector would not only ensure availability of employment opportunity but would also safeguard the future of the environment.”
On her part, Nora Bowvier of Friends of the Earth, Liberia and Coordinator, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Liberia, regretted that while it takes political will to overlook economic boom in favour of the environment, it was the quality lacking in African leaders.
She said: “They lack the courage to do what is right especially when it has to do with what with challenge their revenue sources.
” They must put on their thinking cap and device ways through which we can take advantage of our natural, abundant renewable energy resources for sustainable development.”
Kwami Kpondzo, Friends of the Earth, Togo, said African continent must go with the rest of the world in embracing renewable energy, adding that the continent can not afford to go in opposite direction from the rest of the world.
He said: ” We are calling on the government to do needful by joining the global movement from non renewable energy resources to renewable energy resources. They must know that they cannot continue to move in opposite direction from where the rest of the world is headed.
“We are calling on the governments around the African continent to remember that there is a generation after ours and they have the responsibility to save guard their future and that they should not continue to behave as if we are living for today.”
Toro Science Old Boys Laments Decayed in Education system
Government Science School Toro Old Boys Association Class of 88 in Bauchi State have lamented over decayed in education system that give birth to low quality of knowledge acquired.
The National President of the Association Mr Tanimu Umar stated this at the 30 years of reunion meeting with the theme 30 years after Toro ; the journey so far in Bauchi on Saturday.
He said the decayed in the education system is worrisome ,”30 years back we attend school with all the infrastructure in place, available books, functional libraries and laboratories in the school.
“Look at the situation now very pathetic, poor learning materials, no qualified teacher and many more facilities that are not available for students learning.
“If necessary steps are not taken to address poor funding, infrastructural decay, insecurity, especially as a result of insurgency, and poor performance the system will continue to get decayed.
He however called Toro Science old boys to give back to the school, according to him, we benefited much from the school and took us to where we are now, so we have to give back to the school.
In a paper presented at the meeting, A University Don Dr Usman Aliyu Consultant Pathologist ABU/ ATBUTH Zaria identified lack of harmony, tribal and religious crisis, vandalism, rustling, poor pay and welfare for teachers as the reasons for low quality of education.
“Poor funding of education sector affects feeding, hostels toilets facilities and incessant crisis and strike are the factors.
He said government can not do it alone the old boys need to come in with sacrifice to provide for the young children in the schools.
“We have to redefined a source of resources for the school to enhance its learning ability, make the younger generation feel the way we feel in those days. Dr Aliyu said.
He said there must be active and deliberate commitment by governments to actively invest in all levels of education to promote availability, affordability and accessibility of quality education.
In his remark the Chairman of the meeting Alhaji Mohammed Madugu who is also a old boy called on the members to partner the school authorities and contribute in the areas of learning materials and infrastructural development of the school.
“We have to start a fund to help the orphans and widow left by our friends and classmate who are deceased ,scholarship up keep allowances to ease their difficulties,he said.
The Chairman of the meeting pledged to establish ICT center in Toro Science School Bauchi state with Internet, and learning soft wears.
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