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NGO Advocates Nypa Palm Control Centres

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), has called for the establishment of Nypa palm Control Centres across the coastal areas of the Niger Delta.

Making the call yesterday, in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, a foundation member and Project Coordinator of CIDI in Rivers State, Mr Daniel Akpan, said such establishment will serve dual purposes.

According to him, Nypa  palm on its own constitutes nuisance to the echo-system of the coastal areas of the Niger Delta as it kills mangrove trees, from which sea foods such as periwinkles, oysters and other molluscs feed.

Akpan, who stated that the establishment of the Nypa palm control centre is important in order to sustain the mangroves and sea foods of the coastal areas, explained that the call is the fourth phase of the Nypa palm project.

“Nypa palm is actually a nuisance to the coastal areas because it causes the disappearance of mangrove trees and depletes the environment.  This is why most  sea foods like periwinkle, oysters and  molluscs are gradually going extinct.

“Wherever Nypa palm grows, it depletes mangroves.  So, when mangroves disappear, they (sea foods) also disappear’, he explained further.

While noting that currently, there are over 500 billion Nypa palm seeds floating along the coast of the Niger Delta, he said the essence of establishing the control centres is to teach people in the coastal areas how to put the palm into profitable economic use.

‘We will teach the people how to harvest Nypa palm and put it to economic use.  The seeds can be dried and used as alternative energy as biomass energy, while the branches can  be used to weave various items for domestic  use.

“We will teach the people how to destroy the palm so that it will not affect the mangrove, while also putting it into profitable use”, he said.

Akpan recalled that in the first phase of the Nypa palm, project, awarness was created on the Nypa palm and its economic value.

“In the second phase, we set up demonstration centres and erected platforms along the coastline where we harvested Nypa palm.

“The third phase was actually a demonstration that the Nypa palm can actually be useful.  We’ve demonstrated it in three centres at Okujagu, Marine Base, and Okruama, all in Okrika.

“The people came out to witness it … as we are pulling out from the three centres now, the centres belong to the people.  We’ve taught them how to manage the centres for their own benefit”, he said.

He continued that this last phases “to share our experiences with the national and international communities”.

He thus called on well-meaning individuals, companies and government at all levels to sponsor the establishment of the control centres in strategic areas of the Niger Delta region.

On his part, the National President of CIDI, Mr Raphael Ogali, said the implication of the 500 billion Nypa palm seeds floating along the coast of the Niger Delta could be dangerous.

“This steady spread of the Nypa palm portends more growth of the palm and possible extinction of the mangrove forests and sea food, if not checked.  This is why the establishment of the Nypa palm control centres is very important”, he said.

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Sanitation Marshalls Warn Against Dumping Refuse In Gutters

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The Coordinator of Rivers
State Sanitation Marshalls, Prince Sodin Akiaba has warned residents of Port Harcourt and it environs against dumping of refuse into drainages.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, Prince Akiabo blamed uses of flooding in parts of Port Harcourt especially in the Mile III area of the indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the gutters.
He said that with the approach of the rainy season, there is need for caution on the part of the people against indiscriminate refuse disposal.
Prince Akiaba said that the situation could lead to massive flooding across the city thereby creating health problem for the people.
He said that there is need for neighbourhood vigilantees to check this situation.
“Every street in Port Harcourt should formed a vigilantee to monitor refuse disposal in their street.
“This is the only way to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drains,” he said.
The coordinator said that the sanitation marshalls can help the government to check this trend, if approval is given to that effect by the government.
He used the occasion to commend the Rivers State Ministry of Environment and the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority for the efforts in keeping the city clean, but noted that the two agencies need to work with stakeholders for effective result.

L-R: Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Environment, Mr Taofeek Folami, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello and his Information counterpart, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, at a briefing by Bello on the activities of the ministry in Lagos, recently.

L-R: Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Environment, Mr Taofeek Folami, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello and his Information counterpart, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, at a briefing by Bello on the activities of the ministry in Lagos, recently.

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NOSDRA Seeks Oil Spill Response Base

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The National Oil Spill De
tection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has called on the military to establish an Oil Spill Response Base (OSRB) for quick intervention during oil spill emergencies.
Mr Peter Idabor, the Director General of the agency, made the call during a courtesy visit to Vice Admiral Usman Jibril, the Chief of Naval Staff, in Abuja.
Idabor said the base, if established, would serve as a veritable security for quick response and intervention by the agency during oil spill emergencies.
He recalled the Bonga oil spill incident and commended the Navy for providing a vessel to NOSDRA that ensured quick response.
According to him, crises usually occurred between affected communities and companies involved during oil spill emergencies.
He said partnership with the Navy had become critical due to its role in providing security to the maritime environment.
“It has become more critical for us to partner with the Nigerian Navy, especially when it has to do with issues relating to oil spill in this country.
“When there is a large oil spill, there is usually conflict between the community and the company involved.
“In most cases, it is sabotage and in such cases, we require the military to come in at certain point.’’
He said that most of the deaths in the Niger Delta had positive correlations with oil spillage.
He explained that people were at the risk of being affected by eating food that come from such polluted environment.
He also said the life span of most Nigerians was shortening due to the effect oil spill on the ecosystem.
“The attitudes of our oil explorers, especially when spills occur, it does not bother them that over a million of chemicals are spilled into the sea, which is very dangerous to health.
“The oil spill contaminate our aquatic resources and it affects the entire food chain as long as we survive on the food chain.’’
Responding, Jibril said the Navy was familiar with the operation of the agency, adding that it would support NOSDRA to stop oil spill in the country.
He said the force was also aware of the effects of oil spill to aquatic life and the environment.
The Navy Chief also commended the agency’s cooperation with the military, saying “you have reduced spillage and its attendant effects in the country within this few days.
“We are ready to contribute to stop oil spillage and we are ready to give to you information about spillage whenever they occur.
“Our new boats that we are importing from China have facilities to contain oil spillage.’’
He however, said the delay in the release of boats to the agency was to control their misuse and advised the agency’s management to henceforth, put in its administrative request at their time of need.
He gave an assurance that the Navy would reduce administrative bottlenecks to enable the agency to access the facility during emergencies.
Jibril, however, sought the support of NOSDRA in the provision of infrastructure to the force, saying, “we need to support one another to achieve our goals.
“We have the human capital base to do what we are trained to do; what we need more is the infrastructure and we call on other organisations to support us too.’’

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N300m Debt Worries C’River Water Board

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Mr James Buchan, the
General Manager (Operations) of Cross River State Water Board, said more than N300 million owed it by various consumers in the state posed a challenge to its operations.
Buchan said this in an interview with the newsmen in Calabar last week, saying that the board was worried about the debt.
He said the board spent an average of N25 million monthly on diesel and chemicals to sustain water supply, urging the consumers who owed to settle their bills.
The general manager said that the state government paid its water bills regularly, urging the consumer’s to emulate the government by paying their bills to avoid disconnection.
Buchan further advised the consumers to always make genuine complaints about the services of the board to guarantee uninterrupted clean water supply.
The manager also urged consumers to shun illegal connection and to report to the board, those, including its staff members, who engaged in fraudulent activities.
“We want to supply to the public well treated water, we want to provide 24 hours service to the people, but we can only do this with the help of the people,’’ he said.
Buchan promised that Geographic Information System had been put in place to streamline the operations of the board and improve services.
He said the board was also worried over the damage of its pipelines worth more than N300 million by road construction companies in the state.
Buchan said the board had, however, drawn the attention of the officials of the concerned construction companies to the development.

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