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Open Defecation: NIDCOM hails Real Madrid player, David Alaba for N13.3m donation!

Open Defecation: NIDCOM hails Real Madrid player, David Alaba for N13.3m donation! 2

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has praised David Alaba for contributing N13.3 million to combat open defecation in Nigeria.

She expressed this in Abuja over the weekend, when she accepted a symbolic cheque from Ecobank and the National Coordinator, Organised Private Sector, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) on behalf of Alaba.

Dabiri-Erewa, who praised the efforts of Nigerians in Diaspora, Europe (NiDOE) and its umbrella organization in Austria in enabling the donation, asked more Nigerians in the Diaspora to follow in the footsteps of Real Madrid player David Alaba.

The NiDCOM Boss, according to Gabriel Odu, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, stated that the International Star’s gesture, who is also an OPS-WASH Ambassador, is highly commendable.

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She also praised the Presidency’s and the Ministry of Water Resources’ visions, as well as the efforts of other stakeholders in promoting a cleaner and healthier Nigeria.

Dabiri-Erewa claimed that the initiative of creating new toilet facilities aimed at sustainable employment creation will begin in Ogun State, David Alaba’s home state, as a facilitating body and neutral player in the project.

She also advised Project Managers to complete their work promptly.

Dr. Nicholas Igwe, National Coordinator, OPS-WASH, stated that open defecation has been a source of concern for the Federal Government, prompting the formation of the WASH Initiative and a 17-man Presidential Steering Committee made up of representatives from the Federal Government, the public and private sectors.

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Igwe stated that the cutting-edge waste technology will not only benefit the environment by lowering pollution but will also provide a valuable source of biofuel and organic manure, as well as create jobs and raise the economy.

He also praised Dabiri-Erewa for her hard efforts to bring Nigerians together, both at home and abroad, to help the country prosper. “Including NiDCOM as a facilitating agency will effectively mobilize Nigerians in the Diaspora to key into this strategy, enabling the project to go a long way,” he says.

In a same vein, Mr Emeka Amadi, Ecobank’s Regional Manager, Premier Banking (FCT & North), remarked that the gift will help the Clean Nigeria Initiative achieve its goal of eliminating open defecation by 2025 through the bank’s role as a facilitating financial institution.

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