RCE Minna-2015

1. Project Title: 
New Design for safer Canoes: Documentary
2. Thematic area/s addressed by the project
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3. Project partner contact information : 
Development Initiative for West Africa (DIWA)
Funding and research on the idea
Main Contact: 
Nurudeen Lemu
4. Project type
5. Project description
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Every year, boat mishaps occur about four times in Doron Baga and Borgu, twice in Numan and Shiroro, three times in Jimeta and Lau, five times in Ibi, three times in Donga and four times in Lokoja with loss of lives in at least one accident per annum.

No fewer than 14 children, ages between 7-10 years feared dead in boats mishaps that occurred at Guni and Sarkin Pawa rivers in Muya LGA of Niger State on 21st August, 2015

When such accidents happened, the government usually direct the necessary organisation to ensure compliance to stated safety measures like wearing of live-jacket and ensuring boats are not overloaded. Due to cultural hinderance ( our mode of dressing and child carrying on the back) this jackets are rarely use.

it is for this reason that we came up with this simple idea of improving the balance of normal canoe using readily available materials.

The documentary is design to be used to attract the attention of the government while RCE Minna has identified local canoe makers who are trained on how to add the necessary attachment. The idea is that local canoe makers would now have additional knowledge of making different canoe from his traditional mode of operation.

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6. Project status
The project is to produce a documentary on a new improve canoe that is more stable and safer using our local canoe makers. We have identified the canoe maker and provided the resources and material for him to produce the canoe. It is one of the canoes produced that we showed in the documentary.
8. Tagging
Africa and Middle East