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Commissioner Explains Environmental Impact Of Generators

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Anambra Commissioner for Environment, Dr Mike Egbebike says that the health implications of the gaseous emissions from generator are devasting but users are helpless because of the inadequacy of electricity supply in the country.

“We cannot stop people (traders) from buying their individual generating sets; it would be difficult to bring them together to buy just one gigantic generating plant to serve the market.

“I would urge people to buy generating sets that emit little fumes. If their sets are faulty and are emitting so many fumes; they should repair them for the sake of their health.

He further advises that the exhaust pipes of the generators should be positioned in directions that would not cause inconveniences to neighbours.

Vice-Chairman, Tools and Allied Products Dealers Chief Sylvester Ahanonu, Market in Onitsha, says that a plan to purchase a giant generator, to serve the entire market was one of the cards on the table for the market’s executive.

“The market executive has been weighing the option of having a single gigantic generating plant in 2012. In fact, we are considering it if there is no clear-cut improvement in electric supply.

“It would reduce money spent on fuel daily by our members and put a stop to these emissions from thousands of generating sets in the market presently,’’ he says.

On its part, the Anambra government is partnering with an engineering firm to supply uninterrupted electricity to markets in Onitsha, through the use of gigantic diesel plants, to eliminate the multiplicity of individual generators in the markets.

Special Adviser to Gov. Peter Obi on Parks and Markets, Chief Sylvester Nwaobu-Alor, says that the company has commenced feasibility studies and environmental impact assessment of the project to enable its actualisation.

He would not provide further details but simply insists: “Before the first quarter of 2012, you will certainly see signs of work going on at the proposed sites for the generators.

“The government will provide an enabling environment for the company and encourage traders to pay for services rendered. The project will ensure a 24-hour uninterrupted power supply,’’ he assures.

With the life expectancy the Nigerian dropping from 52 to 49 years, the challenge to tackle health risks such as toxic fume inhalation, therefore, becomes a challenge for everyone.

No doubt, the initiatives being explored by the Anambra government and the market organizations are salutary as they will significantly reduce the health risks of the citizens, who daily go to their shops to earn a living.

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CSOs Partner Govt On Climate Change

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Some civil society organisations have expressed their willingness to partner with the government to address climate change and other environmental challenges in the new year.
Some of the organisations include, the Nigeria Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement at the SDG’s (NCSfPAS) GIFSED, Climate and Sustainable network as well as Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Gender and Environmental Initiatives (GERI).
The Tide source in Abuja reported the Executive Director of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem preservation, Mr. David Terugwa as saying that they were ready to partner government with view to addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.
For us, we are looking at those areas where we can come in and assist and to be partners with the government.
Project Lead, CSDeu Net, Mr. Pius Oko, said that the group will support the government and other stakeholders in the implementation of the law.
“We are here today to make a step forward. We want to first highlight the issues that concern the impact in climate change and have a tangible solution to such problems.
Executive-Director, WEP,Mrs Anne-Marie Abaogu said CSOs were set to develop a partnership that would implement framework to reverse the ugly trend of climate change in the country.

By: Oribim Ibama

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Monarch Advises Community On Sanitation

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The Onuayekein /Amanyanabo of Obonoma Community, King Enenibofori Dateme Obonogina, has charged the community to take the issue of sanitation seriously. Speaking at an interative session recently in the community, the Obonogina said all grasses and bushes must be cleared to expose the face of the community.
He said the situation will improve the hygienic and aesthetic conditions of the community. King Dateme said the community will expand the road recently commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to enable it include more of its hinterland communities.
He said the expansion of the road will boost farming and fishing activities in the areas as well as enable more farmers and fishermen to evacuate their produce to the markets thereby boosting the economy of the area.
He said the community will liaise with Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a view to developing the areas. King Dateme also stressed the need for unity and love among the people. According to him, when there is love, there will be peace and development of the community.
Also speaking, Professor Anyamebo Okorosoye Orubite, urged the people to cultivate the spirit of self help instead of relying solely on government for the development of their communities.
He also said that arrangements were on to build a Kalabari University at Semoo.

By: Oribim Ibama

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NOA Charges Nigerians On Illegal Oil Bunkering

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National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to regard any money generated from illegal oil bunkering business also known as “Kpofire” business as blood money.
Rivers State Director of the Agency, Barrister Young Ayotamuno, made the call in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt.
Ayotamuno also said kpofire business also negated the right to life of Nigerians.
According to him, citizen’s constitutional rights to life are being breached by the proliferation of illegal refinaries in the region.
Ayotamuno, who said deaths related to respiratory tract infection is likely to increase in the next few years in the region also described as baseless, arguments that poverty and unemployment are responsible for the rising cases of illegal oil bunkering activities in the Niger Delta.
“You cannot use poverty to justify the breaking of pipelines, which is a critical national asset”, stressing that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) will continue to sensitise members of the public on the need to protect the nation’s asset.
The NOA director also commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for directing local government chairmen in the state to monitor their areas and ensure the stoppage of illegal oil bunkering activities in their domains.
“NOA is thanking Governor Wike for asking local government chairmen to monitor their areas.
“NOA will continue to sensitise members of the public that you cannot use poverty to justify the breaking of pipelines which is a national assets”.
“The consequence of illegal refinery is that it negates the right to life of the citizen.
“Peoples Constitutional Right to Life is being negated. Peoples environment is being destroyed”, he said.
He said stopping the nefarious activities require a lot of political will add “we must work with state government and federal government to curb it. “Kpofire money is blood money” he declared.
Ayotamuno said the society cannot be battling kpofire and Covid-19 at the same time as reports had it that both incidences are responsible for series of respiratory infections.
He also called on the government to revisit the issues of modular refineries as well as the stoppage of gas flaring in the country.
The NOA Director also called for a half to the practice of burning of tyres and that of bush burning, while destruction of illegal petroleum vessels by military should be stopped.

By: John Bibor

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