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Expert Wants FG To Train Negotiators

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An environmentalist, Mr
    Atayi Babs, has urged the Federal Government to include plan of actions on how to stop gas flaring in the country’s Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs).
Babs told newsmen in Abuja that the country should take proactive measures to curb gas flaring.
He said that Nigeria should beat the October deadline for submission of the INDCs to outline its national targets on how to address the challenges of climate change.
The INDCs, under UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), require countries across the globe to be committed to creating a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015.
During previous climate negotiations, countries agreed to publicly outline what actions they intend to take to address climate change under a global agreement before the Paris Summit by March.
The environmentalist said that Nigeria had been focusing on adaptation programmes, noting that the country should come up with mitigation compliance INDCs.
“The Ministry of Environment should make it a core issue beyond that, mitigation strategy needs to come on board.
“We know the sources of our emission because we are still contributing to the warming of the planet and one major area we are doing so is in oil and gas.
“Nigeria is among the leading countries when it comes to gas flaring and we must take proactive measures to curb it, “ he said.
He said even though the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) encompasses some plans to curtail gas flaring in the country, it will not be sufficient to address gas flaring.
He said that the country should look beyond the bill and also come with a plan to address oil spillage which, he said had wrecked many communities in the Niger Delta.
Babs, who is also the National Network Coordinator for Climate Change Sustainable Development, a Non-Governmental Organisation (CSDevNet), urged the media to give adequate coverage to environmental issues.
He, however, said that one of the member organisations of CSDevNet, Journalists for Climate Change, said that the group would soon establish the first West African online newspaper on climate and environment issues.
“This online newspaper is going to be the first in our region; it is going to cover issues on climate change and environment across West Africa.
“The online platform is coming to give West African reporters the lead way, the avenue to publish stories that the traditional media will not be able to publish.
“It will do a lot of investigative piece on climate change advocacy, adaptation and mitigation strategy across the sub- region on the impact, success and failures of our government in accessing climate finance.

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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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