Posts tagged ‘babalobi’

February 22, 2012

Babalobi Babatope, Secretary General WASH-JN, speaks during the General Assembly 2012 in Monrovia, Liberia, on the role of the network and individual journalists to bring about change in WASH services delivery and access

February 15, 2012

Afrique de l’Ouest de l’eau et l’assainissement des journalistes se réunissent à Monrovia

Delegates in a group picture

                                                                                                                   By Babatope Babalobi

L’assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) de l’eau et l’assainissement Afrique de l’Ouest journalistes Réseau(WASH-JN) www.wash-jn.net a débuté à Monrovia, au Libéria, hier.


La réunion rassemble 17 représentants des plates-formes nationales de journalistes qui l’eau etl’assainissement dans 14 pays d’Afrique occidentale et le Nigeria, le Sénégal, le Mali, le Bénin, le Togo, le Ghana, le Niger, la Côte d’Ivoire, le Libéria, la Guinée, le Cameroun, la Sierra Leone et la Guinée Bissau.
Haut de l’ordre du jour de l’Assemblée Générale qui dure une semaine est un examen des progrès réalisés jusqu’à présent par l’organisme régional depuis sa création en 2010, discussion sur le plan de travail 2012, et les mains sur la formation sur la façon dont la participation des journalistes peuvent utiliser la nouvellemédias à rendre compte du secteur de mieux.
Se félicitant des délégués à la réunion, chef d’équipe de WaterAid au Libéria, M. Apollos Nwafor a souligné la nécessité “pour les médias pour influencer positivement les gouvernements nationaux pour relever les défisdans le secteur grâce à l’action politique, le soutien financier et une meilleure gestion du programme.”
Prenant également la parole aux délégués, Mohammed Abdul-Nashiru, Directeur Régional de l’Advocacy,WaterAid Afrique de l’Ouest a dit: “la valeur du réseau va être déterminée par la qualité des histoires que ses membres sur les questions WASH publié, en particulier les histoires que se concentrer sur les défisauxquels sont confrontés les pauvres à accéder aux services d’eau et d’assainissement “.
«Nous devons amener les médias à prôner que le gouvernement devrait consacrer davantage de ressourcesdans le secteur et aussi la priorité au secteur”, a déclaré Abdul-Nashiru.

October 28, 2011

Forum mondial sur l’hygiène et l’assainissement de Mumbai

By Alain TOSSOUNON (Envoyé spécial)

 

 

C’est une première dans le monde. Un forum exclusivement consacré aux questions d’hygiène et d’assainissement. Mais, pour les organisateurs comme pour le participants à ce rendez-vous inhabituel, mieux vaut tard que jamais.

 

 Entre renouvèlement d’engagement, partage d’énergie et d’expériences innovantes, le forum de Mumbai sonne comme un appel pressant aux gouvernants de nos Etats pour mettre les questions d’hygiène et d’assainissement au cœur des politiques de développement.

 

Comment doter les 2,6 milliards de personnes qui vivent sans toilettes et sauver les 1,2 milliard d’êtres humains qui boivent chaque jour de l’eau insalubre ? Il était temps pour les militants de cette cause de sonner la cloche de la mobilisation pour mettre en commun leurs expériences et surtout se donner un nouveau souffle à leur  combat citoyen.

 

Ouvert par une cérémonie à la taille de l’événement dans cette ville de Mumbai confrontée au défi de l’assainissement dans les bidonvilles, le forum a démarré sur une note d’espoir et d’espérances d’un monde nouveau. Oui, le changement est possible !

July 22, 2011

Africasan3: Governments fail to make commitments

The Africa Sanitation and Hygiene Conference (Africasan3) www.africasan3.com ended yesterday in Kigali, Rwanda, with Africa national governments reaffirming their commitments to implementing the eThekwini Declaration (2008).

The 42 African Ministers of water, health, environment and education that participated in Africasan3, also agreed on detailed action plans to address key blockages to progress in the sanitation sector, but failed to make financial commitments on allocating 0.5% of their national GDP to sanitation.

Read More: http://assemblyonline.info/?p=8215

 

July 20, 2011

Africasan 3 pictures

 

Faces of Nigerians at the Africasan3, Kigali, Rwanda

May 10, 2011

Effects of climate change on water supply in Lagos


By

Babatope Babalobi

Babalobi@yahoo.com

 

With a geographical size of 3,577 square kilometres, Lagos State is one of the smallest states in Nigeria, representing 0.4% of the entire geographical area Nigeria. Lagos State is located on the South-Western part of Nigeria on the narrow Coastal flood plain of the Bight of Benin.

Lagos State has an area of 356,861hectares, out of which 75,755 hectares are wetlands with the dominant vegetation of tropical swamp forest, comprising fresh waters and mangrove swamp forests. It shares a double rainfall pattern, with two climatic seasons – Dry (November-March) and wet (April-October). The drainage system of the State is characterized by a maze of Lagoons and waterways which constitute about 22% or 787 sq. km of the State total landmass.

The state has the highest population in the country, with over five percent 5% of the national estimate. The 1991 National Census figures put the population of the State at 5,725,116, out of a national estimate of 88,992,220. The UN Habitat Study and the UNDP assisted state Regional Master Plan estimated Lagos State population in year 2000 at 13.4million and over 15 million inhabitants in 2004.

The recent UN study (1999) expected the City of Lagos to hit the 20million population flux in Year 2010, thus progressively reaching 24.5million population in year 2015, at which time Lagos will be the third most populous city in the world. Thus Lagos population is growing ten times faster than New York and Los Angeles, with grave implication for urban sustainability.

The major water bodies in the state are the Lagos and Lekki Lagoons, Yewa and Ogun Rivers. The raw water supply is obtained by the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) mainly from two rivers, the Iju and the Owo (170,000 and 265,000 m3 per day respectively).

The location of the state within the coastline implies that it is vulnerable to climate change, while its high urban population implies that  provision of potable drinking water by the state’s water utility- the Lagos Water Corporation will be a major challenge.

The Lagos Water Corporation is in charge of supplying drinking water services to all parts of urban and semi urban areas of the state. However, the size and growth rate of Lagos means that needs are growing very rapidly.

The LWC currently has an installed water supply capacity of 160 million gallons per day (MGD) (712.9 million litres per day (MLD)), but ageing supply lines, water works and poor public electricity hamper the services of the corporation, hence it is operating at only 48% capacity, or only 36% of water demand. It supplies water to about 60% of the population. Only about 4million of the state’s 15million population have access to piped water.

The general shortage of water supply that is a result of this low capacity utilisation is then met by privately operated tankers, porters and privately owned boreholes and wells. This in turn has its own issues with regards to water purity standards, higher delivery costs and the ultimate impact on the state’s water levels from the improper tapping of ground water reserves and wastage in its collection and delivery.

The LWC believes that between 2000 and 2025 demand for potable water will grow from 200 to 1,200 million gallons per day (MGD), capital investment of US$100 million per annum will be required in order to reach 80% coverage.

Water is involved in all components of the climate system (atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, land surface and biosphere). Therefore, climate change affects water through a number of mechanisms. Water supply services are highly vulnerable to drought, extreme precipitation, and sea level rise.

Nigeria is likely to experience an increase in global warming from 1.4 °C  to 5.8°C over the period 1990 to 2100. This national increase in atmospheric temperature and an increase in surface water temperature  may also cause a decreased flows in Ogun/Osun River Basins caused by longer and more frequent dry seasons; and a reduction in dissolved oxygen content, mixing patterns, and self purification capacity and increase in algal blooms respectively Ogun/Osun River Basins. The Lagos Water Corporation sources it’s raw from these basins.

The changing climate is likely to exacerbate water management problems in Lagos generally through rising sea levels in the costliness, variable rainfall and extreme events like floods. Increase in inter annual Precipitation variability will evidently increase the difficulty of flood control and reservoir utilization during the flooding season.

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