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FG Wants EU‘s Support To Implement Climate Change Act, Environmental Policies

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The Federal Government has called for European Unions‘ support to ensure effective implementation of Climate Change Act and other environmental policies to achieve a healthy environment in the country.
Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of Environment, made the call when Amb. Samuela Isopi, Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
The Tide source reports that the President, Mohammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021.
The Act paves the way for environmental and economic accounting and a push for a net zero emission deadline plan in the country.
Abdullahi mentioned some of the environmental programmes already implemented and needed the support of the EU such as Climate Change Act, drought and desertification, energy transition planning, plastic waste management and illegal wildlife trading.
“ I am delighted to see you in this ministry because you always show this vibrancy about your job and have as well shown commitment to drive the agenda.
“The discussions we are having with the EU gives us opportunity to understand where we are taking off on the issues that concern planet which is where we are living.
“The presentations you made earlier and issues you raised which basically focused on climate change, energy transition planning and dialoguing on key programmes on the sector.
“Meanwhile, we had this legislation on climate change Act we are working towards implementation of the act.
“ We are trying to see how we can navigate around some challenges of inconsistencies in the act.
“We need the EU and other developed countries to support Nigeria as well as other African countries to address the challenges.
“So, we will need some legal cooperation from the EU,  to bring expertise that will help us to implement the Act and other issues effectively,’’ he said.
Abdullahi said that Nigeria had started preparation of UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (UNFCCC COP 27), adding that the conference would be the 27th session and would take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
He said that Buhari made a strong commitment about meeting zero emission by 2060, adding that the ministry wanted to ensure that the effort was actualised through the EU assistance and other global intervention.
He said that the ministry, in collaboration with UN Office on Drug and Crime, had put in place National Strategy Policy to combat illegal wildlife trade and forest crimes in the country.
He added that the ministry was also working toward providing plans on how to tackle waste management, adding that various activities by people had severely raided the environment.
He said that the ministry collaborated with other relevant stakeholders, both in local and international, to ensure that environmental challenges were effectively tackled in the country.
“We are working hard to ensure that from South to North, West down to East have an environment that is friendly as well as making sure that  our land will be cultivatable.
“We want to also make sure that people have access to clean water so that their livelihood will also be enhanced.
“I hope and have confidence that collaborating with the EU, we will be able to achieve our mandates effectively,’’ he said.
Earlier, Isopi said that the aim of the visit was to express the EU‘s commitment and support as well as strengthen its cooperation with Nigeria toward addressing various environmental challenges.
She said that the EU was working on important framework on political dialogue with Nigeria and the need to continue with such idea for efficient implementation of programmes and policies in the country.
“I want the cooperation to continue with the ministry of environment to enable us tackle climate change, energy transaction and other environmental issues.
“These issues are centre of our cooperation in Nigeria, whereby, we are already having a lot of dialogue with Nigeria.
“Last week, we had a first section of this sectorial dialogue and the ministry was represented, we had a good preliminary discussions on these issues and it was a progressive meeting.
“We hope that the effort will give a better result on those issues we are discussing, we really hope that we can continue the dialogue with Nigeria delegations and EU expertise.
“The dialogue will help us as we are trying to see how together we can work to support Nigeria in the implementation of those priorities.
The ambassador said that the EU had also engaged with public sectors in addressing renewable energy, adding that such involvement would help in addressing environmental issues.
She, however, assured that the EU would ensure that it provided strategy to support in combating illegal wildlife trade, forest crime and other environmental crises in the country. (NAN)

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SanitationTaskforce Inaugurates Enforcement Agents

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The Rivers State Taskforce on Sanitation has charged its enforcement agents to be civil in their approach to duty.
Chairman of the Taskforce, Chief Isoboye Jack gave the charge,at a one day capacity building workshop organised by the taskforce for the enforcement agents in port Harcourt.
Jack urged them to use minimal force in their dealing with the public, adding that anyone caught violating the sanitation laws should be arrested and handed over to the police.
He warned against activities that will tarnish the image of the committee, stressing that the taskforce will not tolerate any act that will bring it into disrepute.
Jack said their responsibility is to enforce all sanitation laws against dumping of refuse at unspecified hours as well as dumping on road medians.
He also said his committee has already mapped out strategies towards sensitising the public on the hazards associated with indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Speaking with newsmen later,the chairman said   plans are underway  to revive the monthly environmental sanitation exercise,as well as bring back the mobile sanitation court.
Also speaking, a member of the taskforce, Hon.Joshua Olu warned them to avoid alcohol while on duty,noting that they are expected to work with the police to get those who violate the law arrested.
He said enforcement agents will be sent to all nooks and crannies of Port Harcourt city and environs to monitor compliance to refuse laws
Meanwhile, the state police command has pledged to cooperate with the committee to ensure its success.
A Chief Superintendent of Police Kerian Ibe from the Operation Department of the State police command said the police will work with the team to ensure compliance with the law.
He also warned them against taking the laws into their hands.
Secretary of the enforcement agents princess  ibiene ogan said they will work hard to return port Harcourt to it garden city status.

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Community Claims Ownership Of Andoni River Estuary

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The Muma Town Local Council of Chiefs, Traditional Rulers and Elders says its ownership of the Andoni River Estuary is not in dispute.
The community said this in a press briefing in Port Harcourt.
The briefing is against the background  of claims by some communities in Andoni Local Government Area disputing the ownership of the Andoni River Estuary.
Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, a member of the Chief Council Chief Joshua Loveday said Muma’s ownership of the Andoni river estuary can never be in dispute since muma is the first community to settle in that estuary.
He said other fishing settlements that sprang up around the estuary were allegedly given lands by muma.
“The issue we have now is that there are alot of information spreading round Andoni over who owns Andoni River estuary .
“We know right from time ,even published by the British government in 1931 by Jeffreys intelligence Report on Andoni tribe .’adding that the report stated that Muma was the first community in that axis of Andoni.
He also said the NGO clan council of Chiefs had also settled the matter in favour of muma adding that since then the council has been inviting the muma council of chiefs to a meeting.
According to him the Andoni Traditional Rulers council ought to liase with the Muma council of chiefs on any issues concerning the Andoni River Estuary.
Chief Elect Joshua also called on companies operating in the Area to deal with mumaOn any matter concerning the area.
Joshua also cited the Rivers state law which stated that any community closer to a place is the host community.

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Councillor Decries Flooding In Rivers Community

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Councillor representing Ward 1 in the Andoni Local Government Legislative Assembly, Hon.Timothy John Bibo, has called for action to save the community from incessant flooding.
This was  contained in a post by the media unit of the office of the councillor.
According to the post the lawmaker who spoke under  motion for urgent importance said something needs to be done to save the community from being submerged by flood.
He said the situation has heighten agitation in the area especially now that the rains has fully set in.
Bibo blamed the situation on the continuous encroachment on water right of ways  by property developers and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canals and drainages thereby blocking the free flow of water into the river.
He also called on the executive arm of the council to put in place policies to check the trend.
Meanwhile some indigenes of Otunria community have sent  a save our soul message to the Andoni Local Government Council and the state government over the continous flooding of the community.
Mr Idante John, an indigene of Otunria Ngo Town said flooding has affected both commercial activities,while the Ngo health centre sited at Otunria is experiencing low activities as a result of the flooding.
Idante called on the government to come to the aid of the community by constructing drainages and roads in the area.
Other residents who spoke on the issue said some of their property have been destroyed by flood in the community.
They said their sources of livelihood have also been affected and called for urgent attention by the government to check the situation.
It would be recalled that Otunria is one of the major communities in Ngo town headquarters of Andoni Local sent Area.
Otunria houses the Ngo health centre,the model secondary school and other government amenities.
Some residents also access the General Hospital and Magistrate Court Ngo through Otunria
It was against this background that the people are calling on the government to come to their aid.

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