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Domesticating Climate Action In Nigeria

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Director/CEO Institute for Partnership, Mrs Ogbanga during the lecture at CSS Amadi Ama

Director/CEO Institute for Partnership, Mrs Ogbanga during the lecture at CSS Amadi Ama

The Centre for
Development And Support Initiative (CTDSI), a non governmental organisation in Nigeria recently called for the domestication of the United Nation’s Climate Action in Nigeria to check perennial flooding in the country.
The climate action as presently captured in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 is targeted at combating flooding across the world.
CEDSI’s calls for the domestication of the policy is coming on the heels of the Nigerian Metrological Agency  (NIMET) 2016 prediction of flooding in 26 states of the country this year.
It is also coming at a time when some communities across the state ravaged by flooding last year are yet to fully recover from the disaster.
It would be recalled that, the Rivers State Government under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had responded to the needs of some of these communities through the donation of relief materials and construction of permanent camps for the displaced persons.
Country Director of CEDSI Dr (Mrs) Mina Ogbanga said that SDG 13 focuses on ways of permanently addressing the problem by empowering flood-prone communities with the skills to tackle the problem.
Ogbanga said this in a paper titled: “Take Urgent Action To Combat Climate Change And Its Impact” delivered at the University of Port Harcourt and Community Secondary School Amadi Ama in the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area respectively.
She said that SDG 13 focuses on the strengthening of the capacities of flood prone communities with a view to enabling them cope with the situation as well as institutionalizing collaborations to checkmate flooding.
According to her, SDG 13 stresses the need for the strengthening of resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
“Integration of Climate Change measures into national policies, strategies and planning “improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate mitigation, adaptation impact reduction and early warning”.
She said that by these strategies countries are committed to “implement the commitment undertaken by developed country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalise the Green climate fund through its capitalization as soon as possible”.
Ogbanga also said that SDG13 also promotes mechanism for raising capacity for effective climate change related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing states, including focusing on women, youth and local and margialised communities.
She said that as a foremost development-focused group CEDSI is creating awareness on the value of the SDG to local communities both in Rivers State and beyond.
The Development Expert said that the visit to-some schools in the state was part of the awareness creation programme, adding that at the end of the awareness creation programme, SDG clubs would be set up in all schools across the state.
She said that CEDSI is presently focusing on Health Education, Environment  and partnership (HEAP) stressing that this aspect of the programme stresses the need for collaborative measures by the government, non governmental organizations and the communities in the eradication of climate and health-related problems from communities in the state.
Ogbanga also said that incidence of climate change could be checked in Nigeria if the international oil corporations (IOCs) are willing to adopt a people-oriented approach to their operations.
According to her, both the government and the multination oil companies must work out a framework for addressing the problem of gas flaring and other problems associated with the fossil fuel industry.
Also speaking on last years flood disaster in parts of the state Ogbanga commend the efforts so far made by the government to address the problem, but stressed the need for the communities to be sufficiently supported to overcome the problem.
“Short term measures cannot be used to address long term problem.
“Long term plan should be done in collaboration with the communities to see how to strengthen the potentials of communities to protect themselves.
“Necessary things have to be done, a Jetty can help to prevent an upsurge in flooding” she said. CEDS is one of the numerous Environmental Right Groups in the Niger Delta.
The collaborations of all the groups would go a long way to mitigating the impact of flooding in the state.

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Geoscientists Make Case For Clean Energy

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The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), has called on Nigeria and other African nations to focus on minerals that are critical to transition to clean and green energy.
Newly inducted President of the society, Alabo Charlesye David Charles said this in Port Harcourt shortly after his induction as the 31st President of the society.
Charles also stressed the need for further linkages between the mining sector and the economy through the development and implementation of the local content policies that promote domestic production of inputs as well as value addition through manufacturing skills building, domestic job creation and participation of small and medium enterprises within the value chain.
According to him, “value addition is pivotal to lifting a good percentage of our people from poverty through the activities of the extractive sector.
Charles said multinational mining companies should be encouraged to engage more closely with local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as micro businesses as suppliers in the mines value chain.
He said the Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) is ready to partner the stakeholders in the development of the upstream sector of the industry by providing a specialized pool of professionals that policy makers in both the public and private sectors can rely on for quality interventions and delivery.
The NMGS 31st President also called for continuous massive investment in the mining sector
“In Nigeria, from statistics obtained from NAPIMS show already declining investment. So if there is no fresh capital for either brown field or Greenfield investment, we cannot grow production
“If we don’t grow production, the consequence is that we are building a short supply for tomorrow” he said.
Out-gone president of the society, Engr. Simon O. Nkom thanked members for the confidence reposed on the out-gone executive.
Nkom said the NMGS has come of age and calls on members to support the new executive to enable it execute more programmes for the society.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba said the ceremony will usher in a new era as far as the society is concerned.
Alabraba who was represented by Engr. Main David West said Geoscientists and civil engineers have a lot in common, adding that they must work together to develop the society.
Also speaking, Chairman local organizing committee of the ceremony, Prof. Winston Belgam said the ceremony was a big success.
He said the vision of the new president will transform the society and the mining industry in Nigeria.

By: John Bibor

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A’Ibom Spends N10bn On Erosion Control – Commissioner

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has spent N10 billion on erosion control projects in the state in the last nine months, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Charles Udoh has said.
Udoh told The Tide source in Eket that the money was spent on two major sites – Etim Umana erosion and St. Luke Hospital control projects.
“In the last nine months or so, we have spent close to N10 billion on erosion and the two major sites are Etim Umana Erosion and St. Luke Hospital erosion control projects,’’ he said.
The commissioner noted that businesses, houses and critical infrastructure had been displaced by erosion and flood in the areas.
According to him, more cities in Akwa Ibom are prone to gully erosion due of the natural topography and soil texture in those locations.
“This automatically means that whenever there is down pour, we are in the rain belt, gully erosion will become a problem,’’ he said.
He said building of houses on the right of way and farming on the slope of gully were some causes of gully erosion.
Udoh said the IBB Avenue flood control project, if not checked, could have a spill effect on erosion control.
“We are receiving a major drain to evacuate flood water because if you allow flood water to be there (IBB avenue) for a long time, it will begin to heat the crux of the earth surface.
“Then erosion will begin to prick in, especially in a place like Uyo that the soil texture is loose,’’ Udoh said.
The commissioner said the state government had rescued more than 100 houses, entire St. Luke and School of Nursing in Etim Umana from erosion.
On ecological issue, he noted that the state government alone could not solve the state’s erosion problem, adding that it was seeking for intervention (ecological funds) to do that.

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World Desertification Day: FG Restates Commitment To Tackle Environmental Challenges

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The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring lasting solution to environmental challenges by adopting a sustainable land management practices across the country.
Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, spoke at the commemoration of 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day, organised by his ministry in Abuja.
Abubakar said the government had developed policies, plans building institutional and legislative capacities to enhance effective and far-reaching actions to reduce the impacts of desertification and drought on the citizenry.
According to him, government recognises the importance of partnership in tackling desertification and it has facilitated the involvement of other actors, including the private sectors as well as donor organisations.
Abubakar said the government was concerned about the disruption of ecological system caused by poor land use, population pressure and the devastating activities of insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
He said that the government was also worried about the dire consequences of land degradation, loss of lives and means of livelihood and had put in place the North-East Development Commission.
Abubakar added that the effort was to restore human dignity and bring succour to the people living in the area.
He urged Nigerians to cultivate the culture of planting trees as well as ensuring that any tree cut down was replaced, as this would serve as protection from windstorm and erosion.
 
Matazu said that the effort would help to protect fragile ecosystem and ensure sustainable environmental development of the country.
The theme of the 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day is: ‘Restoration, Land, Recovery’, ”We Build Better with Healthy Land’’.

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