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water, sanitation in Nigeria
by Bill Okonedo |
April 12, 2018 10:28 am


LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE
The European Union (EU), on Wednesday, said it had concluded arrangements to support persons with Albinism and Water/Sanitation
in Nigeria, with five projects with a total funding amount of €956,000.
In a statement issued by EU and signed by Modestus Chukwulaka, EU delegation press officer, the Union said it was committed to
promoting and protecting human rights in Nigeria, especially the rights of persons with albinism (PWAs), as well as mitigating the conflict
in the Niger-Delta region.
Chukwulaka said the EU would mitigate in the Niger Delta conflict by addressing the main causes of the unrest and violence, which
include bad governance, youth unemployment, and poor delivery of basic services with the launch of five new projects.
The statement read, “One of the projects is funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
programme, while the other four are funded under Component 3 of the Niger-Delta Support Programme (NDSP).
“With a total funding amount of € 0.956 million, the projects will be implemented over a five-year period. The overall objective of the
EIDHR programme is to help civil society become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights.
“The programme has been running in Nigeria for almost 20 years and has supported local and international civil society organisations
with more than €20 million to implement projects across a wide gamut of human rights issues including the death penalty, press
freedom, torture and ill-treatment, women’s rights, children’s rights, youth leadership, peace building, elections and voter education, and
human trafficking.”
He noted that, while NDSP aims to increase access to safe, adequate, and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services delivery to
underserved populations in 5 EU supported Niger-Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers.
Speaking on the EIDHR project, Ketil Karlsen, head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said, “In October 4, 2017, the
European Parliament passed a Resolution on the Situation of Persons with Albinism in Africa. Part of the Resolution calls for the EU and
its Member States to keep engaging with the countries affected, in order to effectively support their efforts to formulate policies
addressing the specific needs and rights of persons with albinism.
“The European Union is proud to announce that it is the first donor world-wide to support the albinism cause. The EU Delegation to
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