Lagos, Nigeria, March 22, 2019 – According to a 2017 joint report by WHO and UNICEF, 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation. Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation.
The implication of this is that these people are at risk of various water related diseases, many of which are fatal. At the moment, only 61% of the people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to have access to clean water sources. Similarly, over 40% of all people globally that lack access to drinking water are in sub-Saharan Africa. In these areas, the burden of carrying water falls primarily on women and young girls who are forced to walk several miles in search of water.
The inadequacy of clean water sources have accounted for poor sanitation in the affected areas with rural areas topping the list. A vast majority of rural people still practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities. The consequences of such practices are very devastating for human health and the environment. Even in more developed areas where household toilets are readily available, a large number of the toilets are either connected to septic tanks that are not safely emptied or use other means that discharge sewage into open drains.
In line with its commitment to promote clean water sources and encourage good sanitation, Sahara Foundation is committed to the donation of boreholes in areas of need. The donation of these boreholes have contributed to the eradication of Guinea-worm disease in Nigeria and Ghana, an achievement which has fueled our desire to do more. We have also promoted good sanitation through the donation of public toilets in rural areas and provided training on how to maintain the facilities.
In alignment with the theme for this year’s World Water Day commemoration, Leaving No One Behind, Sahara Group adds her voice and support to the call for making safe water available for all. We support the human right of all to safe water. We remain committed to efforts geared towards making clean and safe water available to all including the marginalized and poor.
Happy World Water Day.
Shell Delivers N150M Capacity Development Programme For Bonny Youths
Apr 14, 2019: No fewer than 12 young entrepreneurs from host communities to the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal in Rivers State have benefitted from a N150 million capacity development and empowerment programme by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).
SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, who handed over the service entry and final settlement to the beneficiaries in Port Harcourt described the initiative as a product of continuous effort by SPDC and its joint venture partners to empower youths, promote Nigerian content and support community participation in Nigeria’s oil and gas value chain.
Weli said, “Developing local skills, talent and contracting capacity in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is very important to SPDC and its partners. That is why we have continued to embark on programmes and projects that have sustainable impact on our host communities and the Nigerian economy. “This is a demonstration of how much benefit a conducive business environment and cordial relationship between host communities and industry players can bring to the people.”
Weli commended the beneficiaries for their industry and determination to champion entrepreneurial rebirth among youths on Bonny Island. He encouraged the beneficiaries to always keep an optimistic business mindset and to translate the opportunities into further empowering others.
The capacity development initiative included one-year vocational training, and obtaining Level 1 City and Guilds certification. The beneficiaries also received equipment and materials worth over N50million in addition to start-up grants.
One of the beneficiaries, Christopher Irimagha, described the opportunity as ‘life-changing’. “The training has been beneficial in positioning us for success in our community.”
This initiative is in addition to SPDC’s 16-year-old Shell LiveWIRE, a flagship enterprise development programme designed to help young people explore the option of starting their own business as a real and viable career option. It provides training, finance, and business mentorship for young entrepreneurs.
Launched in Nigeria in 2003, Shell LiveWIRE has produced thousands of Niger Delta entrepreneurs most of whom are now employers of labour. Some of the beneficiaries are also given the opportunity to play in SPDC’s supply chain as vendors and are provided with access to growth capital.
HealthPoint Promote Health Inclusion For Widows And Orphans In Nigeria
As part of its vision to promote health care inclusion for all in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, Healthpoint has commenced its free health insurance cover for widows, orphans and the less privileged in Nigeria.
Healthpoint is Nigeria’s first on-demand health plan retailer providing health insurance plans at an affordable rate using the monthly subscriptions model.
The exercise which took place recently is one of the startup’s efforts to promote health inclusion, redress health and social inequalities in the country by providing affordable and effective health intervention for the underserved and marginalized population in Nigeria and beyond. This year’s beneficiaries sprang from four orphanages; vulnerable children care homes as well as widows in Nigeria.
The free health insurance which covers a period of one year will cater for the medical consultations, treatments, tests, prescriptions and drugs of the beneficiaries.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Kemi Ayinde stated that the exercise is part of its mission to ensure that everyone in spite of their pocket size is able access proper health care and medical attention when needed.
The startup which is only a few months old provides healthcare solutions right at your fingertips for as low as ₦800 monthly. The Healthpoint app also offers various unique health services like the Doctor-on-Call Service that allows subscribers contact medical specialist for quick consultations, book appointment and follow-ups from anywhere around the world.
With just six months gone since its establishment, Healthpoint is leading the campaign to promote Health inclusiveness and implement innovative health finance solutions that accommodates everyone from all social levels in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
BHGE contributes to Mozambique Cyclone Relief Efforts with $50,000 donation to victims
The donated sum made to Red Cross Mozambique, will support relief and victim support expenses such as food, water, shelter, medical supplies and other essentials
MAPUTO, Mozambique — Both companies supporting relief efforts in the most affected locations; Employees also providing support by donating necessities.
MAPUTO, Mozambique, March 27, 2019/ — Both companies supporting relief efforts in the most affected locations; Employees also providing support by donating necessities.
Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) (BHGE.com) announced today its donation of $50,000 to the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Mozambique, in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which devastated large parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi on March 14, 2019.
The donated sum made to Red Cross Mozambique, will support relief and victim support expenses such as food, water, shelter, medical supplies and other essentials. Likewise, employees have made individual contributions of funds and essentials to support ongoing relief efforts.
In expressing his condolences, Ado Oseragbaje President & CEO, BHGE Sub-Saharan Africa said “it is heartbreaking to see the scale of devastation wrought by the cyclone on innocent lives, particularly in Mozambique. With this contribution to the Red Cross purse, we are complementing efforts to help the affected communities get back on their feet.”
In addition, Farid Fezoua, President & CEO GE Africa stated: “Given our established presence in the country, we share in the deep pain of the people of Mozambique and in particular, the communities directly affected by the cyclone. We stand with them at this difficult time” he added. “We hope this donation helps provide the needed support for the people affected.”
BHGE has operated in Mozambique since 2014 with offices in Maputo and Pemba. Through the extensive supply chains, the company, directly and indirectly, employs several Mozambicans. Also, as champions of localization, BHGE invests heavily in the empowerment, skills development and transfer across multiple economic sectors.
– GE Africa
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