FG to reintroduce national monthly sanitation exercise

THE Federal Government has approved the reintroduction of national monthly sanitation to reduced environmental degradations and the littering of wastes.

The Minister for Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, made the disclosure while making the resolutions of the 10th National Council on Environment known to newsmen on Saturday after a five-day deliberation of the council.

Hajiya Amina, who said the theme of the programme is “Environment And The Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria: Empowering People, Talking Climate Action And Protecting The Environment,” said the council urged state with increasing land degradation problems that requested for approval for funding of erosion control programmes, afforestation projects to embark on bilateral consultations with relevant MDAs, including Ecological Fund Office (EFO).

She also disclosed to newsmen that, the council has “approved the programmes/projects that will help in the mitigation/adaptation of the impacts of climate change such as adoption and implementation of the renewable energy master plan, promoting renewable energy programme in schools; upgrading and repositioning climate change units in MDAs, engaging the private sector in renewable energy programmes through PPP arrangements”.

The Minister added that, the council has also “approved forestry development and afforestation programmes such as enrichment planting in our forest reserves nationwide, promoting the use of alternative source of energy, suspension of further exportation of Pterocapus Spp in Taraba State in the interim, initiation and implementation of Bamboo and rattan value chain development in the States;

Hajiya Amina said the council urged states to relocate Forestry Department and other related Environmental Departments in Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Health Officers in Health Ministries to States Ministries of Environment.

She disclosed that, the council has approved the installation of automated web based flood early warning equipment in flood prone communities nationwide, where there is none presently.

The Minster also said that, “the council has approved the implementation of National requirements and guidelines on registration of Environment friendly Products and Eco-Labeling and encourage manufacturing companies to buy-in into the scheme”.

Nigerian Tribune reports that, the 10th National Council on Environment was attended by Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries of the 36 states of the federation and other relevant stakeholders.