Water in West Africa

  • Nigeria: Buhari Orders NEMA to Assist Victims of Flooding in Benue

    NIGERIA, 2017/09/03 President Muhammadu Buhari last night directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to instantly mobilise personnel and resources to provide a succour to victims of massive flooding in Benue National. The president said he received with great concern, reports of flooding in the national, which has reportedly affected thousands of homes and displaced additional than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.
  • West Africa: 5.6 Million Children in Lake Chad Region At Risk of Waterborne Diseases As Rainy Season Starts

    BENIN, 2017/07/12 As the rainy season begins, United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has warned that additional than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoea infections, in conflict-affected areas of nations around Lake Chad. The humanitarian agency said in a statement Saturday that the threat of disease outbreaks in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria coincides with growing regional insecurity and increased people movements particularly in Nigeria's northeast.
  • For Africa to end chronic hunger, governments must invest in sustainable water supplies, writes Esther Ngumbi.

    AFRICA, 2017/04/30 The fields are bare under the scorching sun and temperatures rise with each passing week. Any crops the extreme temperatures haven’t destroyed, the insect pests have, and for a lot of farmers, there is nothing they can do. Presently, news about hunger across Africa makes mass media headlines daily. Globally, hunger levels are at their highest. In fact, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, over 70 million people across 45 nations will require food emergency assistance in 2017, with Africa being home to three of the four nations deemed to face a critical risk of famine: Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen. African governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian relief agencies, inclunding the United Nations World Food Programme, continue to launch short-term solutions such as food relief supplies to avert the situation. Kenya, for example, is handing cash transfers and food relief to its affected citizens. The UN World Food Programme is as well distributing food to drought-stricken Somalia. And in Zambia, the government is employing each tool inclunding its military to combat insect pest infestation. But why are we here? What happened? Why is there such a large drought?
  • Nigeria: UN expert calls for budget plans to tackle “unacceptable” water crisis in Lagos

    NIGERIA, 2016/12/23
  • Ghana's Akosombo Dam Faces Shutdown

    GHANA, 2015/12/15 The easing electricity crisis in the country may relapse as the Akosombo Hydro generating plant faces a possible shutdown due to a drastic drop in the water level. Water levels in the Volta Lake which supplies the dam keep falling drastically due to the harmattan season. As of Friday, December 11, the water level in the dam stood at 243.55 feet and a further drop of 3.55 feet will mean a total shutdown of the plant. The minimum operating water level for the dam is 240ft, and at this level, authorities are required to shut the turbines to save the plant, TV3's Odelia Ntiamoah Boampong reports.
  • Ghana, Togo sign cross-border project for drinking water

    GHANA, 2014/12/18 Togo and Ghana have signed a memorandum of considerate (MoU) to establish a cross-border water project, dubbed 'Drinking water Sogakope-Lome', which will supply about four million consumers in both nations with drinking water, PANA learnt here from official sources Tuesday. The cross-border project, signed last Friday here, will be supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB). It will cost an estimated 2.195 million euros. The MoU, which followed talks initiated in 2005 between the Ghana water limited and La Togolaise des Eaux (TdE), aims to increase the rate of access to drinking water for the target populations in the project areas.
  • Japan gives Benin FCFA 60m for water project

    JAPAN, 2014/04/06 Japan will grant Benin 60 million CFA francs to enable the West African country to improve access to drinking water in villages of the commune of Dassa-Zoumè in the central part of the country, PANA learned in Cotonou on Thursday from official sources. This grant will enable Benin to purify the water from a river through a system developed by the Japanese company, Yamaha Motors. The objective is to improve access to drinking water to prevent water-borne diseases due to the consumption of water from the river.
  • Mauritania and Senegal are separated by the 700-km long Senegal River

    MAURITANIA, 2014/03/31 The Senegalese-Mauritanian ministerial consultation commission on transport ended its proceedings on Tuesday with a series of recommendations inclunding the decision to build a bridge on the Senegal River at the Rosso border. The region is located 2,100 km south of Nouakchott and 370 km northeast of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Mauritania and Senegal are separated by the 700-km long Senegal River.
  • The European Union releases 1.24 billion CFAF for potable water project in Togo town

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/03/25 The European Union releases 1.24 billion CFAF for potable water project in Togo town - The inhabitants of Anié, about 200 km north of the Togolese capital, Lomé, on Friday inaugurated work on a 1.24 billion CFAF project financed by the European Union (EU) to supply the town with potable water. The project includes a 600 cubic-metre tank, a water tower, a treatment station and a distribution network of 18.75 km. A sanitation component includes toilets for the public and schools.
  • Water Resources and Use In Gambia

    GAMBIA, 2014/03/15 Water Resources and Use The River Gambia originates in Fouta Djallon in the mountain region of Western Guinea and flows through Senegal before entering the Gambia. Within the country, the River Gambia flows from east to west for about 400 km. It is a major waterway and tourist attraction. Its floodplains, riverbanks, and wetlands are important habitats for wildlife and play an important role in local livelihood strategies. Its flow is highly seasonal.