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Deforestation: Stakeholders Urge Strict Enforcement Of Forestry Laws

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Stakeholders in forestry have advocated the strict enforcement of forestry laws, to check increasing rate of deforestation in the country.
They stakeholders made the call in a communiqué signed by the Oyo State Chairman, Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN), Mr Kayode Ariori, after a one-day symposium organised by the association.
The title of the symposium held in Ibadan was: ‘State of Forest, Forest Industry in Oyo State: Matters Arising and Way Forward.”
The symposium was attended by the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan’s Director-General, Prof. Adeshola Adepoju and the Provost, Federal College of Forestry (FCF), Ibadan, Dr Funmilayo Aderounmu.
Others were FAN’s National Secretary, Prof. Olukayode Ogunsowo, Chairman, Charcoal Association of Nigeria, Oyo State, Alhaji Ibrahim Ayeriyina; Chairman, Saw Millers Association, Alhaji Kabiru Olajide, Oyo State; a forester, Dr David Ladipo and others.
The stakeholders emphasised that forest industry should be resuscitated and overhauled with modern equipment procured.
They equally suggested serious staff training in improved technology of wood utilization, saying this would contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as reduce unemployment.
They stated that government should release fund as and when due to sponsor planting programmes.
“There should be an enabling act to make forest policy work; private forestry should be encouraged.
“The Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) should resuscitate extension services available for private sectors interested in forestry and create awareness on forestry sustainable management.
“All stakeholders should work together for sustainability of forestry; land use act should be reviewed to accommodate the interest of forestry and its industry.
“FAN should have sub-technical committee on different forest issues. There should be specialised training courses for stakeholders and all stakeholders should work together for sustainability of forestry,” they stated.
According to the stakeholders, the Federal Government should allow professionals to formulate and execute policies in accordance with the extant rules and regulations.
They added that proper monitoring, evaluation of funds released and project report should be submitted and appraised regularly.
“Comprehensive modern database should also be kept in a systematic way that will be accessible,” they stated.

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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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