CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Our SDG Action on September 25th

I SUPPORT GOAL 6! I STAND FOR CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL

Nigeria Abuja, Nigeria
Number of people taking this action: 50-250
The theme: “Towards safe, adequate and sustainable water supply services and sanitation for Nigerian people” Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (www.CSCSDev.org) is a coalition of over 1000 registered civil society and nongovernmental organizations committed to citizens’ empowerment, human rights protection, development and peace in Nigeria. It is the only registered national coalition of organizations purposely created to be working on the monitoring of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. On the 25th of September 2018, our organization is organizing in Abuja some actions in commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Agenda 2030 and SDGs. The thrust of this our action at the national level is to push for the National Water Resources Bill which is now before the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are in discussions with some major stakeholders such as Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, WaterAid Nigeria, and our WATSAN members so that we could have a roundtable on the way forward on it. We are coming up with a position paper to be submitted to the Senate.  TENTATIVE AGENDA ON A POLICY ROUNDTABLE DISCOURSE ON WATER BILL BEFORE THE SENATE  IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF SDGs (#ACT4SDGs) OPENNING SESSION: PRESS CONFERENCE Opening with National Anthem. Purpose of the press conference and introduction of the participants by the National Coordinator CSCSD Dr Tola Winjobi. Press conference: to be addressed by the Executive Director NIWRMC Engnr. Reuben Habu; Country Director WaterAid, Dr ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye; National Coordinator CSCSD, Dr Tola Winjobi; and Dr Idris Muslim Muhammed, Advisory Board CSCSD Fielding Questions from the Press. Vote of Thanks by Mrs Madina Gertrude, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC). Press conference formally adjourned. Group photograph TECHNICAL SESSION: Policy Roundtable on Water Bill before the Senate (Compere/MC): Mrs Madina Gertrude, NIWRMC and chaired by Country Director WaterAid, Dr ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye). Purpose of the meeting and introduction of the participants by the National Coordinator CSCSD Dr Tola Winjobi. Short speech by the Chairperson, Rev. Fr John Patrick Ngoyi Welcome address by the Chair, BoT Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development Key note address by Executive Director NIWRMC Engnr. Reuben Habu. The National Water Resources Bill: Import, Challenges, and Way Forward Dr Idris Muslim Presentation of CSOs Position Paper on Water Bill by CSCSD. Contributions from participants. Vote of Thanks by Engnr. Sule Peter, CTO, NIWRMC Refreshment/Tea break. Adjournment
SDGs
6 Clean Water & Sanitation
Organising Partners
CAFSO-WRAG for Development Justice Development and Peace Commission Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission

About CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD) formerly known as Campaign2015+ International is a coalition of over 1000 registered civil society and nongovernmental organizations committed to citizens’ empowerment, human rights protection, development and peace in Nigeria. It is the only registered national coalition of organizations purposely created to be working on the monitoring of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

CSCSD collaborates with other like-minded CSOs around the world to promote public debates and discussions on economic and social issues including human rights. A priority in the agenda of CSCSD, among other actions, is campaigning for pro-poor global and national policies that can accelerate broad-based economic growth, poverty reduction and public accountability, as well as the call for immediate action to reduce the debt burden of poor countries and institute fair trade policies and practices, and ODA development effectiveness among the OECD and other developed countries around the globe.

VISION: A society whose centre-stage is justice, peace, fulfillment of human rights and development in all ramifications.

MISSION: CSCSD, in partnership with other civil society, the poor and the marginalized, the donors, the development partners, and international community, aims at pressuring governments and other stakeholders to account to SDGs and give the lives of people a meaning through upholding justice, human rights and development.

PRESS STATEMENT MADE BY DR TOLA WINJOBI THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT A ROUNDTABLE DISCOURSE ON THE NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES BILL BEFORE THE SENATE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF SDGs (#ACT4SDGs) ORGANIZED BY CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH NIGERIA INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COMMISSION AT ROYAL CHOICE HOTEL, CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, ABUJA, NIGERIA ON TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2018 . Gentlemen of the press. All other protocols duly observed. Today’s occasion is significant for two reasons: the 3rd anniversary of the inception of Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; and the push for the National Water Resources Bill before the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As we all know, the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the UN General Assembly on the 25th of September 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which had started 15 years before. The SDGs officially came into effect on the 1st of January 2016 and is expected to drive development efforts of Members States for the next 15 years. The 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDGs represent a global consensus recognising both the achievements and inadequacies of the MDGs and emerging development challenges/aspirations. The SDGs presents a strong commitment by both developed and developing countries to end extreme poverty and hunger, reducing inequalities and promoting inclusive growth. The SDGs also aimed at preventing morbidity and mortality from diseases, providing access to healthcare and quality education, combating climate change as well as promoting global partnership for sustainable development. Unlike the MDGs, the process leading to the adoption of the SDGs had been adjudged to be one of most participatory and consultative in the history of the United Nations. From the global, national and thematic consultations of citizens’ surveys and inter-governmental negotiations, the SDGs processes afforded stakeholders from State Parties to Civil Society Organisations, private sector, the academia amongst others, the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of the new global development agenda. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the inception of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. This occasion is being celebrated simultaneously across the globe by governments, civil society organizations, professional associations, development partners, women’s groups, persons with disability, youth and the minority groups. Tagged the Global Day to #Act4SDGs, it mobilises multi-stakeholders, connects and amplifies the impact of local and global actions for the SDGs, and encourages a global movement for the achievement of SDGs. Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD) is not lagging behind as it has instructed its members across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to #Act4SDGs in their various localities. Its own adopted theme is “Towards safe, adequate and sustainable water supply services and sanitation for Nigerian people”. How have we faired in the last three years in the implementation of SDGs in Nigeria? Achieving the SDGs is dependent on the political will of our leadership. Governments at all levels only need to walk the talk and stop paying lip service to development issues. Although all the 17 goals are important, they however do not have equal weight. Prioritising the goals is necessary because it is obvious government may feign not having enough the resources to bring about the realisation of the 17 goals by 2030. Whereas Nigeria has the resources, it has all it takes to attain SDGs but self-centeredness coupled with endemic corruption has been the bane of our development over time. One of the Goals that need to be prioritised is Goal 6 which mandates the governments to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The second target of that goal encourages government to provide access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. This goal is associated with the realisation of some other goals. For example, sound health can be achieved in our community with availability of quality and quantity water supply and good sanitation thus partly achieving Goal 3 of the SDGs. This Goal 6 is linked to the National Water Resources Bill which the House of Representatives has passed and now before the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is an Act to provide for the equitable, beneficial, efficient and sustainable development, management, use and conservation of Nigeria’s surface and groundwater resources; to establish institutional arrangements for Nigeria’s water resources sector, to regulate the water resources sector and other matters connected thereto. Though the bill may have its pitfalls, the import and benefits of the bill are what one needs to consider. For example, some people opine that though the bill provides for borehole drilling by River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA) in communities of the States Boreholes would be drilled without the engagement with the communities, LGAs and State level agencies. Meaning that there might not be enough consultations before action is taken. The Bill should be made to compel RBDAs and other federal agencies providing water and sanitation services within their areas of jurisdiction to carry the States and LGAs along in their plan so the State apparatus can build community management structure into the plan and include such communities in their investment plans and captured in the monitoring system of the State. The Bill is also largely a water resources bill while the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) seems to be relegated. If there can’t be a separate bill to address WASH, WASH should be factored into this bill. There also seems not to be enough awareness even at the state level as this is seen as a federal bill. There should be enough education and awareness especially on the roles and responsibilities of the federal level agencies including RBDA against the role of the communities, LGAs and State level agencies so as to prevent conflict of interest. The benefits of the bill outweigh its demerits. The importance on water in National Development has been summarized in the statement that emanated from the UN Budapest Water Submit of 11th Oct, 2013 viz; “A sustainable World is a Water-Secured World”. Consequently, for a nation, a sustainable Nation is a Water –Secured Nation. The bill when passed is going to be a compendium of all water related bodies which are already in existence as the National In-Land Water-ways and National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna. In implementing the principles under subsections (1) and (2), the institutions established under this Act shall promote integrated water resources management (IWRM) and the coordinated management of: economic development, social welfare and environmental sustainability; land and water resources; surface water and groundwater resources; the river basins and adjacent marine and coastal environment; and upstream and downstream interests. Other benefits include: 1. Integrated approach for better water resources management for all users to improve their livelihood in the state in terms of agriculture, domestic and industrial supply and sanitation towards good health. 2. Identification and harmonization of stakeholders’ responsibilities with the view to increasing coverage and water resources quality control 3. Improvement on the water resources development through effective control of over extraction. 4. Addressing conflicting issues amongst stakeholders in the water sector usage and effective regulation of the sector surface and underground water 5. Improvement in the revenue drive of the water sector 6. Opportunity for the State Governments to key into and take advantages of funding from Federal Government of Nigeria through water investment. 7. The States would be able to meet the multilateral Institutions and International Development Partners’ conditionalities and prerequisite for financial support. 8. Tendency to meet some of the targets of the SDG 6 on water before 2030. The Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development is ready to partner with Federal Ministry of Water Resources, NIWRMC and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the bill is understood by the senate and passed within this 8th Assembly. We implore the Senate to understand the importance of the bill in contributing towards the socio-economic development and ecosystem sustainability of our country. The Senate, taking a cue from the House of Representatives that has passed it into law with due consultations with stakeholders, should know that passing the bill into law is for the benefit of all Nigerians towards effective, efficient and sustainable water resources management and contributing to the realization of the SDGs. We are ready to further create more awareness on the bill and by sharing the bill to other stakeholders to know the content and understand its importance to water management so as to reduce the risks of environmental hazards as we are witnessing these days. I wish us all happy celebrations of the 3rd anniversary of Agenda 2030. I wish us fruitful deliberations in pushing for the successful passage into law the national water resources bill ensuring , and in pressuring governments “Towards safe, adequate and sustainable water supply services and sanitation for Nigerian people”. Thank you. David Tola Winjobi (PhD) National Coordinator, CSCSD 08030618326 tola.winjobi@cscsdev.org
Countries We Work in
Nigeria
Languages We Work in
English
SDGs We Tackle
6 Clean Water & Sanitation
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