IMPLEMENTATION OF RIVCHO EU-INSIDE PROJECT GATHERS MOMENTUM

Promoting Hygiene Water & Sanitation, Governance and Development Support for Poverty Reduction for the benefit of Women, Men, Youths (Boys & Girls) and Children of Patani, Warri-South, Warri South-West, Burutu and Bomadi Local Government Areas is the task before RIVCHO in this project.
The Flag-Off Ceremony held 27th August 2010 at Semos Hotel Warri with Officials of all the Local Government Councils, Delta State Ministry of Economic Planning’s Overseas Development Agency and EU-INSIDE South-South Office participating. There were also representatives of Communities, members of Delta State NEWSAN (Society for Water and Sanitation in Nigeria) and gentlemen of the Press who gave the event the publicity it deserves. Ms Ineba Bob-Manuel (EU-INSIDE South-South Mentor) gave the keynote address formally flagging-off the project.
A training to further build capacity of the project team had been undertaken earlier. Needs assessment visits to eighty communities in the targets local government areas was quite tasking but fulfilling for the project team. The lesson for the team was that water transport costs made nonsense of budgetary provisions. Majority of the Communities were very receptive and cooperative, although there were two or three ugly encounters. Thus the baseline survey and validation was very successful. Results were sent to the EU in an INCEPTION REPORT
A number of capacity building-stakeholders trainings for communities have been organized. These include Water and Sanitation, Governance transparency and accountability, project management committee etc. IEC materials have also being printed and distributed in an awareness raising campaign.
Pipe-borne water projects with 8,000 liters storage tanks supported with diesel generators have been provided for three communities – Oteghele in Warri South LGA, Okrika in Burutu LGA and Azama in Warri South West LGA. Public Toilets are been built for the following communities Ukpokiti in Warri South LGA, Oporoza in Warri South West, Ezembiri in Bomadi LGA, Bikorogha in Burutu LGA as well as Aduobu in Patani LGA
Challenges encountered so far include traditional beliefs that prevented women assessors from entering some areas, the menace of water hyacinth on the rivers, demand for gratification from some community leaders & LGA personnel, the very high cost of water transportation both for the project team and participants attending workshops.