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2015: Environment Ministry Focuses On Ouick Win Projects

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The Federal Ministry of
Environment said it would focus more on the implementation of quick win projects in 2015 to address environmental challenges in the country.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Nana Mede, disclosed this at the meeting of the Joint Government-Partners on Climate Change and Environment in Abuja.
Mede said that the ministry had developed a strategic plan that would be implemented between 2015 and 2020.
She said that the ministry would commence the implementation of the strategic plan by focusing on quick win projects that could be achieved within a period of six months in 2015.
She said the implementation of the projects would form the basis for the actualisation of the strategic plan of the ministry.
The permanent secretary said the projects would be on climate change and sustainability; pollution and environmental health; land degradation and natural resources.
“We are also going to be focusing on environmental governance; environmental statistics and information management; policy; advocacy; gender and enforcement,” said the scribe.
Mede said that the ministry would be looking at the projects to finalise the documents on climate change communication and preparation of Nigeria’s Intended National Determined Contribution.
She said that the ministry would also operationalise the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory system and finalise, publicise and disseminate some climate change knowledge products.
Under pollution and environmental health, the permanent secretary said that the ministry would develop a National Policy Framework on pollution management in Nigeria.
“We are going to establish a municipal solid waste database and we will also do a project that will mitigate climate change through urban zonal air pollution monitoring system.”
Mede further listed other projects to include development of guidelines and standards on social impact assessment; review of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedural guidelines and development of EIA automation process.
“We will also do sensitisation workshop on the importance of full implementation of Environmental Management System for all major projects and improve awareness on land degradation.
“We are going to develop appropriate capacity for bio-safety management, install drought early warning system in eight front line states affected by drought.
“We also going to collaborate with National Youth Service Corps on tree planting project to increase National Forest cover to grantee sustainable development,” she said.
Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam, explained that the meeting was initiated last year December to brainstorm on how to move the sector forward.
Mallam said the meeting with the partners would help to address and shape the issues in the sector.
“This meeting is very important for us to discuss on the environment issues because those are the issues that would help to move the country forward.

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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.

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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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