The Chairman of the Rivers State House Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo, has stressed the need for planting of trees to protect, sustain and restore the environment.
He said to actually preserve and restore the ecosystem, planting of trees is the surest way to go.
Ahiakwo gave the indication during an advocacy event organised by the Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN) in conjunction with Environmental Law Advocates of Rivers State University Chapter in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, as part of activities to mark this year’s World Environment Day.
He said the theme of this year’s World Environment Day celebration, ‘Our Only Earth’ was apt, and condemned in strong terms what he described as environmental apathy often displayed by Nigerians exemplified in the attendance at the occasion, which he noted is an indication that the issue of environmental management is not taken seriously.
Ahiakwo, also former Chairman of the House Committee on Environment said whereas there is only one earth, mankind still behave as if there is more than one earth, and stressed the need for people to actually work towards restoring the ecosystem.
“We have only one earth. It is our duty to restore it,” he said.
The lawmaker, who was the chairman of the occasion, further narrated a story about a community in India, whose inhabitants took relish in hunting and killing birds for food, and what happened to it when there were no longer birds in the community.
According to him, this resulted in the explosion of the population of anthropods like grasshoppers and other insects in the community, because it had actually distorted a major equilibrium in the society.
The message to take home from this, he said is that “if we are not careful with what we do with the environment, the consequences will be gave.”
Ahiakwo equally emphasised the need for all environmental laws and conventions to be enforced and implemented, saying, the process of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) must also start and end, as recommended by environmental experts before any major projects are executed.
“If we put our efforts together, we can restore the environment. Tree planting is the way to go. Let us continue to plant trees,” he said.
In his opening remarks, the National President of the Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN), Prof. Samuel Dike noted that people do despicable things to degrade the environment, and solicited the support of corporate organisations, government and well-meaning Nigerians to enable the association to intensify its advocacy campaigns on the environment.
The Professor of Energy and Environmental Law at the Rivers State University stressed the need for the conservation of the gifts of nature with a view to sustaining the earth, adding that the association had recently distributed waste bins to the university as a way of keeping its environment clean.
He said the association was committed to engaging in research and promoting clinical digital waste management technology as well as driving its other activities to make the earth a better place for all.
On his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Law in the Rivers State University, Prof. Chris Wigwe (SAN), simply defined the environment as where people stay, live and do business, and stressed the need for the environment to be kept clean at all times.
“Do not diminish the environment by your own actions. Do not deplete it by littering the streets. We care charged with the responsibility of protecting the environment”, he intoned.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Chinedu Mmom poignantly took the participants through the gamut of all that constitutes the environment and the need to preserve and conserve it through our conduct and actions.
Prof Mmom, the Dean of the faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Port Harcourt, while going down memory lane, highlighted the importance of the World Environment Day celebration which began in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden.
He said all hands must be on deck to salvage the environment from the vagaries of degradation and pollution.
Also speaking, the President of Environmental Law Advocates of Rivers State University Chapter, Mr. Onyeso Kelechi ThankGod said students of the organisation had taken steps to mitigate the environmental problems in the university and urged all and sundry to take steps to protect the environment.
AELN presented an award to the Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Evans Bipi for his immense support to the association.
The high point of the event was the unveiling and launch of an endowment fund for the Best Graduating Environmental Law Student; Cleanest Faculty in Rivers State University; and Research Grant on International Best Practices for Proper Waste Management.
The discussants at the event were Dr (Mrs) Rose Tane; Dr. Tony Francis and Dr William Iyama.
By: Donatus Ebi
Fubara/Ordu Ticket’ll Sustain Wike’s Legacies -Tobin
By: Wokoma Emmanuel
The Chairman, Okrika Local Government Council, Hon. Akuro Tobin, has expressed delight at the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Ordu as the running mate to the governorship flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara. He said that the joint ticket would guarantee the sustenance of the enviable legacies of Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration anchored on peace, security and good governance.
Thanking the governor for what he called his leadership role, which, he said, was instrumental to the peaceful conduct of the PDP primaries in the State, Hon. Tobin stated his conviction that guber aspirant is capable of continuing the development f the State.
“Fubara as a humble, peaceful, visionary and Godfearing man, will sustain the worthy legacies of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Dean of quality projects, who has done alot to entrench peace and good governance in Rivers State.
“As a technocrat, brilliant accountant, and dedicated party man, he will uphold the manifesto of the party and the policy thrust of the present administration, if elected Governor of Rivers State come 2023”, he said.
Recalling that Sim Fubara in his acceptance speech as the PDP governorship candidate promised to build on the achievements of the governor, the Council boss called on Rivers people to give him their support, saying “it’s what we owe not just to ourselves, but to our generations.
“Knowing that development is the bedrock of leadership, it’s only right that we give him the opportunity to continue in the development pace set by the Governor,” he urged.
Tobin expressed appreciation to Gov. Wike for his “effective leadership role and enhanced democratic process that gave level playing ground to all aspirants throughout the party primaries”.
NDE Trains 50 Goat Farmers In Rivers
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has commenced a five-day training of 50 farmers on Small Stock Goat Production in Rivers State.
Inaugurating the training in Port Harcourt, Director-General, NDE, Mallam Nuhu Fikpo, who was represented by the Director, Rural Employment Promotion (REP), Mr Edem Duke, said the Federal Government was anxious to roll out more agricultural programmes to enhance food security in the country.
Noting that Rivers State was one of the 18 states that were chosen for the five-day training, Fikpo said the programme had an empowerment component, adding, “we are going to train 50 people, but will resettle those who are serious with the training.
“We believe that at the end of this programme, you will be able to take your destiny in your own hands and start a new life for your good and that of your environment.
“We have a model revolving loan seed. We are going to empower you through the model revolving where you will be given two goats, one male and one female.
“You will pay in kind by giving back a kid reproduced by the goats after three months which we will put together to settle other trainees that will be coming after you.
“We will also teach you how to know the types of breed to train, so that you will make choice of the breed you want after training,” he said.
Fikpo commended NDE in Rivers State for carrying the Federal and State Ministry of Agriculture along in its programmes.
Earlier in her speech, the Rivers State Coordinator of the directorate, Mrs Maureen Okeji, said, “agriculture has taken over the test of time globally as the world works seriously towards food security.”
Okeji urged the participants to focus on the training to enable them to benefit from the empowerment programme at the end.
Similarly, the representative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Sokari Christain, advised the beneficiaries to take the training seriously.
Christian warned the participants against selling the seeds that would be given to them at the end of the programme.
He assured them that the ministry would add the names of the genuine farmers who were participating in the programme in the compendium of farmers in the ministry.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Maurice Ogolo, said, “agriculture is a very good profitable business and cannot be over-emphasised.
“If we don’t embrace agriculture today, it will be very dangerous, because it has the capacity to employ high number of Nigerians.”
He stated that the state ministry of agriculture was desirous to collaborate with NDE.
Ariolu, Others Hail Wike’s Commitment Towards NIESV’s Success
Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council in Rivers State, Barrister George Ariolu, and several other prominent personalities in the area have commended the immediate past President of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Chief Emma Okas Wike, for his dedication and commitment towards the success of NIESV over the last couple of years.
They made the commendation during the thanksgiving reception of the immediate past President of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Chief Emma Okas Wike in Rumuepirikom.
He commended Okas Wike for his dedication and commitment towards the success of his tenure as president and for the successful hosting of the 52nd Annual Conference of NIESV, bringing to bear his knowledge and experience to transform the industry.
Ariolu also spoke at the thanksgiving service of Dame Chinyeru Agbara at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Choba in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Chinyeru, who is the vice chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, organised the special thanksgiving to appreciate God for her investiture as a Knight of St. Mary, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Diobu, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
In his sermon, Rev. Canon Sola Ayesuwa, called on Christians to do what was right and acceptable in the sight of God.
He urged Christians to accept Jesus Christ as their saviour and live in peace with their neighbours.
According to him, Christians should make integrity their watchword at all times, and advised the congregation to always respect and regard those in authority.
He further enjoined them to be proactive and take responsibility while also being bold to confront evil.
Also speaking, Archdeacon/Vicar of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Choba,Dr S. T. Nbete, admonished the congregation to troop out en masses and register for their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), as they prepare to vote credible and competent leaders ahead of the 2023 general election.
He also prayed God to bless Dame Chinyeru Agbara as she journeys through her Knighthood.
Ariolu, during a visit to the residence of former Chairman of Rivers State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Innocent Green Kinikanwo, who was also installed a Knight of St. Christopher alongside Dame Agbara, congratulated him on his investiture at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Diobu.
He further encouraged him to use the period of Knighthood for the benefit of the people.
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