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Institute Urges Strict Implementation Of EIA Report

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The Nigerian Institute
of Town Planners (NITP) has advised Federal and State Governments to ensure full implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports on major construction works, in the country.
Dr Femi Olomola, the President of the institute, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen recently in Lagos.
According to him, the advice becomes necessary in order to stem the consequences of neglecting the EIA reports in major government constructions projects.
Olomola said that the law provided for EIA to be conducted before a project is started but such report is always neglected or improperly implemented.
“The purpose of the EIA report, before major construction project begins, is for the consultant handling the project to look at the negative and positive impact of the project and come up with ameliorating measures.
“This report can be implemented before, during and after the project.
“EIA report helps to identify likely impacts of a project on the communities but in Nigeria, it is not followed while executing the project,’’ he said.
The NITP president said that EIA was a multidisciplinary report that is not limited to one profession.
He said that the EIA process was coordinated by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).
According to him, EIA is part of the requirements for town planning approval by Ministry of Physical Planning at the state level.
He explained that the assessment must be carried out before major projects like construction of bridges, dams or oil processing plants, among others.
Olomola said that EIA was also required when carrying out town planning for new development areas.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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Environmentalist Seeks Halt To Extraction Of Fossil Fuel In N’Delta

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An environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, has said only a halt in the extraction of fossil fuel by oil multinationals can guarantee a healthy living by people of oil producing states.
Bassey, who is also the Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, made the call during an oil watch global event in Port Harcourt .
He blamed the high level of flooding and pollution in Niger Delta region on oil exploration.
The activist also lamented over the destruction of biodiversity, adding that the oil sector has only created employment for one percent of the entire population in Africa.
While calling on the government to ensure the cleaning of the “polluted environment across the region” also called for adequate “compensation” for communities affected by oil exploration that have refused the oil in their environment to be extracted.
In his words, “If you pay attention to the climate debate and negotiation governments and corporations are talking about achieving net zero”.
“Net zero does not mean zero, it means you keep emitting the carbon but find a way of either capturing or burying it somewhere or you plant some trees or designate some forest at places where carbon is being absorbed”.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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