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Ministry Urges Support To Check Desertification

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The Director, Drought
and Desertification Amelioration Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Bukar Hassan,  has solicited for stakeholders’ support for the successful implementation of the Great Green Wall (GGW) project meant to check deserfication encroachment.
Hassan, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja said that the programme was for planting  trees to stop deforestation and desertification in affected states.
“GGW is an environmental  programme meant to check the ravaging desert encroachment in the northern part of the country he said.
“But it intends to protect the whole eco-system by ensuring that attention is given to water, plants and animals, among others.
“In programme  like this, we dant only need money, don’t  also need terminal input and the good will of the people.
“We also need the institutions like the state and local governments to work with in order to achieve the objectives.
“These are all input which are expecting to receive from stakeholders at the level,” Hassan said.
The director also said the committee set up to implement  the programme was aggressive pursuing sensitisation programmes, to ensure the participation of the stakeholders.
He said the move was essential in order not to involve not only the communities or farmers, but also police makers at all levels.
“Thefaith groups, the women association and the farmers association so that we work with them because this is a community-based programme.
“And community-based must be seen to driven by the communities.
“That way you will be able to ensure “ownership and sustainability of the programme,” he said.
Our correspondent  reports that some of the things in the work plan include capacity building, upgrading of training facilities, site identification and delineation and environmental impact assessment studies.
The list also includes land preparation, planning and nurturing, and the provision of support to communities to raise seedlings and procurement from private sector.”

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Table Water Producers Increase Price Of Satchet Water

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The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) has increased the price of sachet water.
The Tide source reports that the increase was contained in a statement signed by the ATWAP President, Clementine Ativie.
The statement said ATWAP
has raised the price of sachet (‘pure’) water to N300 per bag.
Ativie said the  decision was unanimously reached during the ATWAP national convention in Abuja.
He explained that the increment was due to current prices of material and Nigeria’s economic situation.
“The price of sachet water popularly known as pure water is now N300 per bag as the company price.
“There will be no extra bag or extra pieces henceforth for wholesale or retail buyers,” she said.
The President added that the cost of production had gone far beyond what they can bear.
She said the new rate would help them to keep up with bills and remain in business.
The statement appealed to citizens to be understanding and bear with the association.
It would be recalled ATWAP had earlier increased the price of a bag of pure water to N200 on November 11, 2021.

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PANDEF, Others Carpet FG Over Niger Delta Environment

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PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, “We The People (WTP),” have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies…
PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, We The People (WTP), have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies (IOCs), which messed up the region, are leaving the area.
They  vowed to sue the IOCs for the destruction of the environment and livelihood of the people in the course of oil exploration and exploitation.
The Executive Director of WTP, Ken Henshaw, while speaking, y in Port Harcourt, in a one-day multi-stakeholders conference on oil company divestment in the Niger Delta, said the damage done by oil companies was enough to take them to court.
Henshaw said: “I think what the oil companies have done to the Niger Delta, the environmental pollution they have caused, the livelihood lost, the destruction of the environment they engendered are well known and we’ll document health risks the companies have created. They are enough grounds to take them to court.
“We think the oil companies can be found wanting on the basis of the fact that they have, for 64 years of extraction, destroyed the traditional livelihood of the people.”
“The oil that has spilled onto the land, into the creeks and rivers of the Niger Delta region, has reduced the life expectancy in the Niger Delta region. Life expectancy in Nigeria is 54 years but life expectancy in Niger Delta is between 41 and 45 years.”
National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, said: “On the issue of divestment, we, the people of Niger Delta need to ask ourselves the question; what do we do? Niger Delta communities are occupied communities and not host communities as it were.

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NEMA ,UNDP Propose National Disaster Database For Nigeria

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have partnered to establish a national disaster database for Nigeria.
The organisations disclosed this at a two-day workshop on “creation of National Disaster Database and Risk Information Management for Sustainable and Risk-informed Development in Nigeria,”  in Abuja.
The workshop, within the context of the “Sahel Resilience Project” of the UNDP, had in attendance stakeholders from MDAs, States Emergency Management Agencies, FRSC, and the academia, among others.
NEMA Director-General, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said that the project covered seven countries in the Sahel Region of West Africa, namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
He described the project as a multi-partnership scheme implemented by UNDP, in collaboration with African Union Commission, ECOWAS, UN Women, Lake Chad Basin Commission and other regional organisations.
Ahmed said that the project was funded under the sole assistance of the Swedish Government.
According to him, the choice of the region is very germane, considering the worrisome physical and human development indices in the area.
He added that the region, which had continued to suffer drought as a major risk factor, had also been faced with continuous deterioration of livelihoods and food security.
The director-general added that the situation required concerted and collective disaster management efforts to ensure that no one was left behind, and as such, data was important.
“It is necessary to stress that management of disaster risks in the contemporary period are anchored on preparedness, mitigation, risk reduction and adaptation.
“This cannot be realised without the full deployment of both quantitative and qualitative data for disaster risk-informed decision, planning and programme implementation.
“I commend UNDP for this laudable workshop on the creation of disaster database for risk informed sustainable development in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, the Project Manager, Sahel Resilience Project, UNDP, Ms Reshmi Theckthil, added that one of the major aspects to effective disaster management was the availability of data.
She added that investment in good, accurate and accessible data would help various communities to develop resilience to disasters in the country.
The project manager also called on government to develop and implement policies that would make the created data useful in the country.

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