LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE

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Title of Project:            LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE

Location:                     Rivers State

Funding:                      Search for Common Ground

Year:                            2015

Background

The growth of human population coupled with increased activities in the towns and villages of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area result in high rate of waste generation. A fundamental attribute of waste is that it is inevitable as almost every human activity involves the generation of waste in solid, liquid and gaseous forms. Social dynamics such as modernization and economic development influence waste generation. This calls for careful planning and adequate resource allocation to forestall a mismatch between the rates of waste generation, rate of collection and disposal.

In line with above, a draft copy of solid waste management plan for Akuku-Toru Local Government Area was presented to stakeholders by Community Initiative for Enhanced Peace and Development (CIEPD). This activity held two meetings for proper review of the document.

The first meeting of the document review was held on Thursday 24th March 2015, the Round Table meeting of the Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Health Units of Akuku Toru Local Government Council on discussion session (Akuku-Toru Draft Sanitation Review). This was an avenue to create awareness on the need for high level co-ordination of all governance structures around sanitation in the LGA. CIEPD through a small fund developed a draft policy on solid waste management for Akuku Toru LGA which we could not push further as result of limited fund, this activity being report was a backward linkage to the draft policy document and forward linkage for making it a reality by reviewing the document with all relevant stakeholders including those that were part of the original design of the document

The second round table meeting to further discuss and agree on the structures to domesticate the proposed Solid Waste Management policy for Akuku Toru LGA, the first meeting was held on Thursday, 24th March, 2016 to flog off the detailed presentation and of the discussion policy document. The various stakeholders present in the last meeting were in attendance because it was a continuation of the previous meeting and was held on Thursday 31st March 2016 and the two meets were held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Nigeria.

Objective(s)

  • To share the content of the draft Sanitation Policy of Akuku Toru Local Government Area with key stakeholders for inputs and comments to enrich the provision in tangent with current sanitation challenges obtainable in the LGA.
  • To identity existing structures involved in managing sanitation issues in all the constituent communities of the LGA and their roles within the provisions of the reviewed sanitation policy framework.
  • To identify new functional structures for the domesticating of the sanitation policy in the constituent communities of the LGA where they do not exist.
  • To review the outcomes of the first roundtable meeting and presentations of different structures recommended for domesticating of the solid waste management policy in the constituent communities of Akuku Toru LGA.
  • To develop modalities and work plan for strengthening the existing structures to be able to implement the solid waste management policy

Outcome

  1. The content of the draft Sanitation Policy of Akuku Toru Local Government Area was shared with key stakeholders; inputs and comments were generated. The following are the discussion that ensued after the presentation which helped to enrich the document.
  • There several policy documents on sanitation and environment at the local government level that supposed to complement each other, but the proponents of such document are not in touch with the reality of creating synergy all the documents. The presentation was very clear on this issue because the document under review was speaking solid waste management policy in the LGA. Issue of solid waste management is generally subsumed by sanitation policy, the draft policy document singled out solid waste from the totality of all issues bundled into sanitation. The confusion and ambiguity stance of some of the health practitioners were laid to rest with this clarifications and identifications of areas of convergence and divergent.
  • There is the Local Development Plan (LDP) which was facilitated by UNICEF through the WASH programme in the LGA, there is a policy similar to this which the WASH Unit of the LGA is pushing for review but the focus of the WASH Unit does not include solid waste management. WASH is mainly concerned with open defecation free (ODF), community led total sanitation (CLTS) and provision of hardware to support their campaign such as water (borehole) and toilet facilities which part of sanitation but not addressing the solid waste management. These clarifications actually brought some issues to rest especially the stance of the WASH Unit team.
  • Aligning some of the policy document with the National Policy on Sanitation and Environment, this is key especially when a policy framework is being put together at the local level, it provision will be have to tangent with the provisions of the national policy and where there is controversy, the national policy overrides the local one. References were made during the presentation and discussion to some the National Policy on Solid Waste Management and the ones being proposed for the LGA.
  • In the course of preparing the draft policy, Abonnema and Obonoma communities were the ones visited by the team that developed the document, it became imperative to mention these communities during the presentation. All the stakeholders in attendance held the view that Abonnema and Obonoma are not the only communities in the LGA if the draft document would have to be adopted for the entire LGA.
  1. Two existing structures identified in managing sanitation issues in all the constituent communities of the LGA. In the meeting, it was discovered that the Community Development Committees would have been the most appropriate structure to strengthen in the domestication of the policy framework of the solid waste management in all the constituent communities in the LGA. Though they are recognized by the state laws through act of parliament, the body is saddled with many responsibilities and sometimes they become political tools by different political parties in some of those communities. After careful deliberation with due consideration to processes and logistics support required to make the moribund committees work, the participants suggested the following structures that are existing, community based and functional.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM)
  • Water consumer Association (WCA)

Modalities for strengthening the existing structures to be able to implement the waste management draft policy.

MODALITIES FOR STRENGTHENING THESE EXISTING STRUCTURES

  • Capacity building programs on solid waste management on personals of the existing structure
  • Adoption of these structured into the community
  • Creating synergy (effective communication and reporting system) between these structures and the host communities and all the leadership structures in the communities
  • Funding for these structures for effective solid waste management repair and maintenance of waste management facilities in the host communities
  • Give legal backing to these structures ( i.e community by law, registration, fine police, civil-defense etc) to help carry out the implementation polices
  • An effective monthly round table discussion forum for an update of the running and challenge of these structures in the host communities
  • carry out community enlighten campaign on the works of these structures in the host community quarterly
  • A general quarterly review meeting between the structures in the entire LGA and the leader ship structures in the various communities in the entire LGA.
  1. Annual appraisal programs to encourage the performances of these structures in the entire LGA by the community leadership in collaboration with the WASH unit in the LGA

CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS                    

  • Solid waste management policy
  • Managing people – team building

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  • Resume mobilization
  • Financial reporting
  • Reporting writing
  • Partnership building

MODALITIES FOR STRENGTHENING WASH COM /WCA TO IMPLEMENT WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Registration of WASH com with the LGA sponsored by the community
  • Funding of WASH com activities
  • Capacity building – training
  • Responding system – progress, situation & finance report to CDC and chief as applicable
  • Meeting reorientation of WASH com / WCA
  • Round table of committee under the CDC ( monthly )
  • Adopt WCA / WASH com in the community ( as water & sanitation)
  • Quarterly enlightenment campaign on water sanitation and hygiene in the respective communities
  • Quarterly meeting of WASH unit, CDC , WASH com /WCA
  • Annual appraisal of WASH com / WCA to encourage performance in the LGA by community leadership in collaboration with WASH unit
  • WASH com / WCA to liase with CDC & chiefs to impose fine on defaulters of indiscriminate waste disposal