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Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission
(NiDCOM) has commended the efforts of David Alaba, for donating the sum
of N13.3 million to curb open defecation in Nigeria.

The NiDCOM Boss stated this when officials  from Ecobank and the
National Coordinator, Organised Private Sector, Water, Sanitation and
Hygiene (OPS-WASH), visited her in Abuja to present the symbolic Cheque
from David Alaba.

According to a statement signed by Gabriel Odu of the NiDCOM Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, the NiDCOM Chairman who particularly acknowledged the efforts of Nigerians in Diaspora, Europe  (NiDOE) and its umbrella group in Austria
in facilitating the donation,  urged other Nigerians in the Diaspora to
emulate the laudable initiative of David Alaba, the Real Madrid Player.

Receiving the symbolic cheque presentation, the NiDCOM Boss said that
the gesture by the International Star, who is also an OPS-WASH
Ambassador, is highly commendable.

Meanwhile, she thanked the vision of the Presidency and the Ministry of
Water Resources, as well as, other stakeholders in pushing for a cleaner
and healthier Nigeria.

As a facilitating body and neutral player in the project, Hon. Abike
Dabiri-Erewa stated that the project of building modern toilets
facilities aimed at sustainable job creation will begin in Ogun State,
David Alaba’s home state.

Also, she urged that Project Managers should successfully deliver in
record time.

Dr. Nicholas Igwe, the National Coordinator, OPS-WASH, noted that open
defecation has been a concern to the Federal Government, which prompted
the establishment of the WASH Initiative and a 17-Man Presidential
Steering Committee; made up of individuals from the Federal Government,
Public and Private sectors.

Dr. Igwe assured that the state-of-the-art waste equipment will not only
better the ecosystem by reducing pollution, but will be a great source
of biofuel and organic manure, job creation, and lift the economic
structure in Nigeria.

The OPS-WASH National Coordinator appreciated Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
for her tireless efforts in linking Nigerians, home and abroad to
develop the country. According to him, “including NiDCOM as a
facilitating body will effectively mobilise Nigerians in the Diaspora to
key into this plan and enable the project to go a long way.”

In the same vein, Mr. Emeka Amadi, the Regional Manager, Premier Banking
(FCT & North), Ecobank stated that through the bank, as the facilitating
financial institution, the contribution will assist the Clean Nigeria
Initiative to actualise the elimination of open defecation by 2025.

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