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Welcome to Mokwa town, the headquarters of Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State. The town is on the A1 highway in the west of the vicinity of Mokwa LGA. According to Wikipedia, the long southern border of the local government is formed by the Niger River from Lake Jebba in the west beyond the […]

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Welcome to Mokwa town, the headquarters of Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State. The town is on the A1 highway in the west of the vicinity of Mokwa LGA.

According to Wikipedia, the long southern border of the local government is formed by the Niger River from Lake Jebba in the west beyond the confluence of the Kaduna River in the East.

It has an area of 1,338km² and a population of about 244,937 according to the 2006 census.

Mokwa is a Nupe kingdom. Its leadership style is an emirship headed by the Ndalile.

At Efu Abebe in Mokwa exists a gully of about 1609.344m or 1760 yards, which is equivalent to the length of 21 jumbo jets!

This gully is a pure outgrowth of erosion caused by flood from rains.

Eroded grounds of similar magnitude can be found in four different areas in Mokwa town.

These areas include Kpege, AngwaHausawa, Eti Sheshi, apart from Efu Abebe.

The residents of these areas are far from being happy with the level of  erosion that worsens and becomes more dangerous each year after every downpour.

Residents of the area said that some of these places, before the erosion set in, were proper roads plied by many.

Individual efforts have been employed to stop the erosion from escalating to this magnitude, but such efforts have obviously not been able to solve the problem.

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According to Uthman Salihu Yamman, a resident of Mokwa, “This pit at Efu Abebe has been killing children and grown-ups almost every raining season. Even last year, a young girl fell in this pit and was carried away by the water. We recovered her body later.

“This gully became this worse when, during Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu’s tenure. The General Hospital, Mokwa and Rabba road were constructed and flood was diverted completely to Efu Abebe through Eti Sheshi.”

According to him, the manner in which house projects in new sites in Mokwa town are being done without making proper provisions for drainage is also a contributory factor to the worsening of this erosion.

People of the area say that government intervention has severally been sought, but the government has not positively responded to their call, aside from ceaseless video coverage being done from time to time.

The gullies in Angwa Hausawa and Kpege are of almost the same length and depth with that of Eti Sheshi and Efu-Abebe.

Residents of Angwa Hausawa and Kpege do not sleep with their two eyes closed during the rainy season. The resultant floods have rendered a lot of them homeless. The few houses that are still standing could collapse any time there is heavy rain again.

Considering the magnitude of erosion and flooding in the area, it takes the government to remedy the situation. Residents earnestly hope that the government will soon come to their aid.

His Royal Higness, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu Shaba, the Ndalile of Mokwa, told Ecoscope: “There are two major erosions in Mokwa town. One in northern part and the other in the western part and runs through the eastern part.

“The concrete drainage around the general hospital in the northern part could not forestall the erosion, as runoff water has damaged the drainage. People use wooden bridges to cross the area.

“Some people built on the flood channel thereby obstructing the flood water. Flood has swamped their houses up to the window level. So when I became the traditional head of the town, I told them not to build on the flood channel.

“We have smaller erosions too apart from the two major ones.

“About a month ago, I was with the state governor and he asked the stakeholders to sit and deliberate on the smaller ones to be taken care of by the state government. The stakeholders have started meeting. The Federal Government will take the responsibility of the two major ones.”

Alhaji Shaba hinted that Hon. Usman Gbatamangi, representing the Mokwa/Lavun/Edati in the green chamber, “visited about three weeks ago and promised to see to it that the major ones are solved but this is the usual promise they make without fulfilment.”

The Ndalile said, “We started seeking for help on this erosion since Obasanjo’s regime when it wasn’t this bad.

“There was a time we even made a photo album of these erosions. We gave a copy to the Mokwa Local Government. Hon. Sani Kutigi who was our former representative in the green chamber promised to do something about it but nothing was done. Hon. Ahmed Abu, the successor to Sani Kutigi also came with some Chinese and nothing was done eventually.”

He added: “Now, the Ministry of Environment is trying to do something about it. We just hope that something is done about it this time around.”

 

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13th National Council on Environment, campaign against open defecation begin today https://tribuneonlineng.com/13th-national-council-on-environment-campaign-against-open-defecation-begin-today/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:07:37 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=266662 Tribune Online
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The 13th National Council on Environment begins today in Kaduna State. The National Council on Environment is Nigeria’s highest policy-making body on the environment sector which facilitates intergovernmental deliberations and guides consultation on environment issues at all levels of government. It will end on November 22. The theme is ‘Promoting Environmental Advocacy for Sustainable Development: […]

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The 13th National Council on Environment begins today in Kaduna State.

The National Council on Environment is Nigeria’s highest policy-making body on the environment sector which facilitates intergovernmental deliberations and guides consultation on environment issues at all levels of government. It will end on November 22.

The theme is ‘Promoting Environmental Advocacy for Sustainable Development: A Panacea for Achieving the Next Level Agenda.’

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All heads of agencies and departments in the Federal Ministry of Environment are expected to attend, along with state commissioners for environment.

Also, the Federal Government is set to launch a campaign against open defecation today. Mr Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources had earlier made the announcement at the  Inter-Ministerial Dialogue on Sanitation. He said that on the issue of sanitation, Nigeria was lagging behind, adding that 24.4 per cent of Nigeria’s population, about 47 million people, still practised open defecation.

 

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Environmentalists shine at EETF 2019 Green Awards https://tribuneonlineng.com/environmentalists-shine-at-eetf-2019-green-awards/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:05:17 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=266660 Tribune Online
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On Saturday, November 9, it was the turn of Ibadan to host environmentalists and recognise them for a job well done at the official launch of the Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation, at an event tagged, “EETF 2019 Green Awards,” the first of its kind in the city. The foundation which has been in existence since […]

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On Saturday, November 9, it was the turn of Ibadan to host environmentalists and recognise them for a job well done at the official launch of the Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation, at an event tagged, “EETF 2019 Green Awards,” the first of its kind in the city.

The foundation which has been in existence since early 2018, was not launched until now because, according to the founder, Adetunji Lam-Adesina, “We wanted to have a track record of achievements and show people what we have done at the launch.”

One of such achievements was made earlier this year when the foundation organised a boot camp to support and empower young entrepreneurs in the environmental sector who have innovative ideas to solve problems within this sector.

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At the boot camp, participants were required to pitch their ideas to judges and an audience. From this, a winner would be selected and a grand prize of one million naira will be awarded alongside mentorship and access to other opportunities.

And at the awards night,  Yetunde Fadeyi of Rees Africa emerged winner of the 2019 Green Grant Award, with cash value of N1 million.

Other award winners are: Adebola Sobanjo of RecycleGarb Hub Ltd, winner of the 2019 Under 40 Green Award; Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti from Kenya, winner of the 2019 Africa Green Person Award; Tolulope Aina of Tolulope Foods and Farms, winner of the 2019 Female Green Award; and Iyke Anungba of Louisville Girls High School, Ijebu-Ode, who won the Green Essay competition.

The young Lam-Adesina told Ecoscope that the foundation was borne out of a passion and genuine desire to do something positive for the environment. According to him, the foundation was out to preach best practices and encourage people to do the right things; it would do research related to the environment, and strive to discover, nurture and promote young brilliant minds in the environment sector.

In her response to winning the award, Miss Sobanjo of RecycleGarb, tweeted: “The entire RecycleGarb team won, not just me. Thank you EETF for this award. It means a lot. It only proves that consistency and value creation surely rewards.”

 

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Patronise PSP operators, LAWMA appeals to Lagos residents https://tribuneonlineng.com/patronise-psp-operators-lawma-appeals-to-lagos-residents/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:34:40 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=263990 Tribune Online
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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has called on Lagos residents to properly dispose of their domestic wastes by bagging them and patronising assigned PSP operators. The Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, in a statement, disclosed that measures had been put in place to reposition the services of PSP operators in the state […]

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has called on Lagos residents to properly dispose of their domestic wastes by bagging them and patronising assigned PSP operators.

The Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, in a statement, disclosed that measures had been put in place to reposition the services of PSP operators in the state and ensure that household waste evacuation was carried out at least once in a week.

Gbadegesin said that PSP operators, as partners in progress in achieving a sustainable environment in Lagos, were being empowered by the state government to enable them perform optimally, adding that residents should endeavour to pay for service rendered.

The managing director noted that waste collection and disposal services were never free anywhere in the world, adding that rates currently payable by residents for such services were reasonable, suggesting that no one should indulge in illegal refuse disposal just to avoid payment.

He further noted, that it had continued positioning containers at strategic locations and distributing waste disposal bags across the state under its Blue Box initiative, urging residents to properly sort their waste at source for recycling, and to patronize PSP operators assigned to their areas and pay for waste collection.

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The LAWMA boss reiterated the Authority’s resolve to stamp out all forms of improper waste disposal in the metropolis, which has resulted in environmental degradation, urging residents to support efforts of the Authority to establish a cleaner and liveable environment.

Accordingly, he advised residents to desist from dumping waste indiscriminately on road medians, verges and gutters which in recent times had worsened the problem of flooding in the metropolis and exposed the populace to various degrees of health dangers.

Gbadegesin further reminded the general public of government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, as the Authority commenced total enforcement against indiscriminate waste dumping, insisting that ignorance of the law would not be taken as an excuse.

 

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FRIN showcases green economy approach to ensure food security https://tribuneonlineng.com/frin-showcases-green-economy-approach-to-ensure-food-security/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:34:29 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=263994 Tribune Online
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One of Nigeria’s largest research institutes, the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), has trained farmers on how to combine the growing of trees with arable crops as well as enlightening them on the best tree species to combine with these crops. This is in a bid to address food insecurity and tackle the economic […]

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One of Nigeria’s largest research institutes, the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), has trained farmers on how to combine the growing of trees with arable crops as well as enlightening them on the best tree species to combine with these crops. This is in a bid to address food insecurity and tackle the economic downturn by applying the concept of green economy and environmental activities. This was the highlight of FRIN’s 2019 Farming Systems Workshop held at the institute’s headquarters in Ibadan from November 7 to 8, 2019. The theme was: ‘Economic Recovery and Food Security: Green Economy and Environmental Approach.’

Speaking during his welcome address at the workshop, the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood, noted that one of the major challenges facing the country is how to achieve sustainable food security for 200 million people while minimising further environmental degradation.

The ministry has realised that current food systems are vulnerable to climate change and associated weather extremes causing environmental degradation.

He said that “the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has put the rate of deforestation at 3.5 per cent annually and has predicted that if the current rate of forest depletion continues, the remaining forest area will likely disappear by 2030. Apart from urban and infrastructure development, extensive agriculture is one of the factors that has exacerbated deforestation. The effects of deforestation include soil erosion and flooding, loss of biodiversity, desert encroachment and climate change.”

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The minister, who was represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, noted that “according to FAO, climate change will affect the four dimensions of food security namely: food availability, accessibility, stability and utilisation. Developing countries like Nigeria that are highly vulnerable to climate change effects, it is crucial to understand farmers responses to climate variations as this will help to design appropriate coping strategies that will help in achieving sustainable food production and food security.

“In order to reduce the impacts of environmental challenges on food production and security in Nigeria, research institutes that have mandates on food security and environmental sustainability, particularly FRIN, should focus their research activities on ways to assess climate change and food security dynamics as well as the determinants of adoption of various climate change adaptation strategies.”

The minister noted that “FRIN has recorded some breakthroughs with comparative cost advantage that will be of benefit to all stakeholders in the workshop.”

In his address, the Director-General of FRIN, Professor Adeshola Adepoju said that the farming systems workshop was to exhibit FRIN’s research breakthroughs over the years, for farmers and stakeholders to adopt, in order to alleviate poverty and, combat environmental challenges including flooding and climate change and reduce food insecurity.

He said, the institute has “helped farmers to make the best use of their land, boost crop yields, diversify income and practise climate-smart agriculture for sustainable food production in the country.”

In his keynote address, Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Bogoro, made a case for increased funding for research and development in the country. He charged academics to ensure that their research is not just academic work, but should solve real life problems. He advocated for industries to work with academics to achieve practical solutions from research.

The two-day workshop was attended by farmers, academics, staff of FRIN and officials from environment agencies including the National Park Services (NPS), the Environmental Health Officers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

Dr Adepoju led the minister and other invited dignitaries on a guided tour of the exhibition area that showcased innovative products and services developed by FRIN.

 

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Oyo waste management contract termination: WestAfricaENRG denies breach https://tribuneonlineng.com/oyo-waste-management-contract-termination-westafricaenrg-denies-breach/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:31:12 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=263988 Tribune Online
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WestAfricaENRG has denied any material breach of its waste management contract with the Oyo State Government stating that the termination of its contract not only comes as a rude shock but represents a breach of the procedure for the contract’s termination. In a statement released to the press at the weekend, Mr Paul O’Callaghan, CEO […]

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WestAfricaENRG has denied any material breach of its waste management contract with the Oyo State Government stating that the termination of its contract not only comes as a rude shock but represents a breach of the procedure for the contract’s termination.

In a statement released to the press at the weekend, Mr Paul O’Callaghan, CEO of WestAfricaENRG, said the company is constrained to defend its integrity by responding to the announcement of the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources terminating the contract with Oyo State Government due to material breach.

“We categorically deny any material breach of our contract and this is the first we have heard of any such matter. WestAfricaENRG is an international company working in waste management and recycling in countries throughout the ECOWAS region including many States across Nigeria, of all political persuasions,” he said.

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The CEO further stated that WestAfricaENRG is among the largest private investors in the waste management sector across Nigeria and a major job creator in Oyo State.

He stressed that the company was correctly subjected to the contracts review committee during which no fault was found. Subsequently, the company was invited to several meetings of the ad-hoc committee on waste management to give situation reports, perspectives and solutions to the menace of refuse collection and waste management in the state.

O’Callaghan revealed that the report of the ad-hoc committee presented and accepted by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on October 16, 2019, stated categorically that WestAfricaENRG had performed creditably well, found government to have failed in its enforcement efforts in all local governments on waste and street trading amongst other matters and advised government against the politicisation of waste management, citing this as a key factor in the menace of solid waste in Ibadan specifically.

He said: “In fact, the only mention of WestAfricaENRG in the report stated that we have made tremendous achievements in regards to cleaning the city from the immediate post-election challenges. We are therefore at a loss as to when our company did not live up to expectations. Any PPP contract is a partnership and, in this case, it is the Government of Oyo State which is in significant material breach of the contract through the inaction of the Ministry of Environment. This move can only be described as political and one which we believe will not serve the people of Oyo State well.”

The WestAfricaENRG CEO advised the Oyo State Government to review its action as the company would be left with no choice but to execute the options before it in the contract in the case of unlawful disengagement. He expressed hope that all parties would remain professional and not air any dispute through social media.

 

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COP25: The long, winding journey to Spain https://tribuneonlineng.com/cop25-the-long-winding-journey-to-spain/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 05:27:45 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=261485 Tribune Online
COP25: The long, winding journey to Spain

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) is an international environmental treaty adopted on May 9, 1992. It entered into force on March 21, 1994 after a sufficient number of countries had ratified the convention. These countries, 197 of them,  are called “parties” to the Convention. Each year, UNFCCC organises what it calls […]

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) is an international environmental treaty adopted on May 9, 1992. It entered into force on March 21, 1994 after a sufficient number of countries had ratified the convention. These countries, 197 of them,  are called “parties” to the Convention. Each year, UNFCCC organises what it calls conference of parties (COP). The 2019 conference tagged COP25 has witnessed a winding journey occasioned by political and economic conditions in the countries that were built to host it.

According to the UNFCCC, “hosting a climate COP is a significant political, financial and logistical commitment.”

Serving as a host rotates every year among the five regional groups, and in 2019 it was the turn of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) to host the conference.

The UNFCCC secretariat had received a letter from GRULAC presenting the offer of Brazil to host COP25. This offer would have been presented to and be accepted by the parties at COP24, which held in 2018 in Katowice.

However, in November 2018, Brazil announced that it was withdrawing this offer.

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro decided to withdraw from hosting COP25 due to economic reasons.

The next step was for the GRULAC members to discuss among themselves whether another country in the region will offer to host COP25.

Chile, a country in the region, stepped up to the plate. All roads were leading to a city called Santiago, in Chile, where COP25 was to hold from 2 to 13 December this year. This was until, Wednesday last week, Wednesday, October 30.

In the wake of weeks of civil unrest in which millions have taken to the street in protest over economic inequality, embattled Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera made the announcement that it was withdrawing from hosting COP25, along with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which it was also meant to host.

In her reaction, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, said, “Earlier today, I was informed of the decision by the Government of Chile not to host COP25 in view of the difficult situation that the country is undergoing. We are currently exploring alternative hosting options.”

Thankfully, a bailout came from Europe in 24 hours when Spain offered to be the latest COP25 host.

The government of Chile informed that they received an offer of support from the government of Spain to host COP25 in Madrid on the same dates as originally planned.

With this development, Espinosa said, “It is encouraging to see countries working together in the spirit of multilateralism to address climate change, the biggest challenge facing this and future generations.”

And on November 1, UNFCCC released a statement from its executive secretary saying, “We are pleased to announce the COP Bureau has agreed that COP25 will take place from 2-13 December in IFEMA – Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.”

Spain has its own problems stemming from the self-actualisation agitation from Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain. It is, however, hoped that despite this, Spain will indeed be the last stop for COP25 which is now less than a month away.

 

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Ogun plans waste management reforms for cleaner environment https://tribuneonlineng.com/ogun-plans-waste-management-reforms-for-cleaner-environment/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 05:25:33 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=261483 Tribune Online
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The Ogun State government has announced plans to launch a “clean-up” initiative, as part of efforts to maintain hygienic environment in the state. The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, disclosed this in Abeokuta during a meeting with officials of the state Ministry of Environment and members of the Association of Waste Managers […]

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The Ogun State government has announced plans to launch a “clean-up” initiative, as part of efforts to maintain hygienic environment in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, disclosed this in Abeokuta during a meeting with officials of the state Ministry of Environment and members of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAN) in the state.

Talabi said that the plan had become necessary in order to address the existing waste management system in the state which he described as “capable of endangering peoples’ lives.

“Upon his assumption of office, Gov. Dapo Abiodun observed that the mode of waste collection, as well as its management, was totally not acceptable to the government and the people of the state.

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“We took time to study and observe the existing process of waste management in the state and came to the realisation that the process needed to be overhauled.

“Clearly, we need to reform this aspect of our lives and also plan to turn waste into wealth,” he said.

Talabi also disclosed that government had appointed a waste management expert with proven track record to manage and supervise the collection and management of generated waste in the state.

Addressing the meeting, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, stressed the importance of clean environment to the wellbeing of the people.

Oresanya explained that a department would soon be created by the state government to work harmoniously with its various council areas to ensure successful implementation of the plan.

He also said that plans were underway to upgrade the existing dump sites and build bigger ones across the state.

 

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GEIL to partner biodiversity NGOs to protect endangered animal species https://tribuneonlineng.com/geil-to-partner-biodiversity-ngos-to-protect-endangered-animal-species/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 05:22:02 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=261477 Tribune Online
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AN indigenous oil company, Green Energy International Limited (GEIL) has said it is partnering some biodiversity and environment-focused experts and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to develop a strategy for conservation and protection of some endangered animal species in Andoni Area of Rivers State. The endangered animal species already identified as facing extinction in the area include […]

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AN indigenous oil company, Green Energy International Limited (GEIL) has said it is partnering some biodiversity and environment-focused experts and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to develop a strategy for conservation and protection of some endangered animal species in Andoni Area of Rivers State.

The endangered animal species already identified as facing extinction in the area include the forest elephants, as well as crocodiles and turtles.

The chairman of the company, Professor Anthony Adegbulugbe, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ workshop organised for the company by ‘Akassa Associate’ in Port Harcourt on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

He also said the company would soon begin power generation from its initial 6 MW gas to power facility being constructed on its operational base in Ikuru town in the state.

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The plant, according to him, is expected to provide uninterrupted power supply to its host communities in the state and its production facility.

Professor Adegbulugbe said the 12MMSCFD LPG extraction plant at Ikuru town would be completed and commissioned for use by the second quarter of 2020 as fabrication has been completed in China.

He said the company was committed to the welfare and development of the communities where they operate and would do anything necessary to sustain the good relationship already built with the communities.

The host communities are, Ikuru town, the company’s operational base, Ayama, Ekede, UgamaEkede, Asuk-oye and Asukama.

He was represented at the occasion by the Sustainability Director, Mr Ayodele Olojede.

Also speaking, the Coordinator of Akassa Associates, Chief Bill Knight, pledged that the workshop would come up with sustainability strategies to get the communities to leverage on the resources being provided by the company.

 

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Japan trains two Nigerians on solid waste management https://tribuneonlineng.com/japan-trains-two-nigerians-on-solid-waste-management/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 05:12:47 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=261480 Tribune Online
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Two Nigerians, Adiza Ujo and Adesuwa Obasuyi, have been selected for the Knowledge Co-Creation Programme (KCCP) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is implemented as part of the Official Development Assistance Programme of the government of Japan. The training, taking place in Japan from October 21 to November 16, 2019, is entitled ‘Enhancement […]

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Two Nigerians, Adiza Ujo and Adesuwa Obasuyi, have been selected for the Knowledge Co-Creation Programme (KCCP) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is implemented as part of the Official Development Assistance Programme of the government of Japan. The training, taking place in Japan from October 21 to November 16, 2019, is entitled ‘Enhancement of Solid Waste Management Capacity (Advance, Planning and Policy).’

It is aimed at strengthening human and institutional capacity for sustainable solid waste management (SWM), especially in the field of raising social awareness, environment education, and promotion of 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle).

Ms Adiza Ujo is the founder of Stewards of the Environment for Sustainable Change Initiative AKA Stop Don’t Drop, an anti-litter organisation committed to ending the culture of littering, encouraging recycling and providing engagement opportunities in waste management.

Ms Adesuwa Obasuyi is a social development expert in the environment sector who is passionate about and dedicated to the improvement of the state of solid waste management in Nigeria.

She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Quality Management and currently runs Sustainable African Cities and Communities Initiative through which she works to transform challenges into opportunities, key into the sustainable development agenda and make African cities and communities inclusive, resilient, safe and sustainable.

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At the end of the programme, all participants, including individuals from Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Papua New Guinea, and Sudan, are expected to formulate an action plan concerning measures to build a sound material-cycle society necessary at local, wide-area or national level.

Ujo and Obasuyi are hopeful about implementing their action plans they formulate with the support of the Nigerian government upon their return.

In Nigeria, with an undeveloped solid waste management system, problems such as illegal dumping, open dumping/burning of untreated waste, improper treatment of hazardous waste, and so on, are threatening public health, sanitation, biodiversity and other aspects of development. The increase in population, economic growth, and rural-urban migration in recent years have only worsened the situation.

According to Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), the average Nigerian generates about 500 grams of waste per day which amounts to over 32 million tonnes annually with less than 30 per cent collection rate.

The current quantity of waste generated is expected to triple in 2050, and considering that the urban population of Nigeria is already at 51.9 per cent and expected to increase in the coming years, the magnitude of the problem is likely to grow even larger unless immediate steps are taken.

From information gathered, Japan experienced similar problems and it has come close to achieve a sound material cycle society in recent years. This has been realized through joint efforts of national government, local governments, private companies, associations, and citizens who have worked and played respective roles to optimize collection, transport, recycling, intermediate treatment, final disposal of waste, and more.

The programme targets local government and/or regional government who are in charge of solid waste management, central government and governmental agencies which support local and regional government for improvement of solid waste management, and NGOs or public corporations which are engaged in solid waste management at local level.

UN General Assembly adopted ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets in 2015.

Solid Waste Management is addressed in the related SDGs and targets. For example, Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) articulates, “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

Target 11.6 goes “By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.” Target 12.5 of Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production) states that “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.”

One of the targets of Goal 14 (Life Below Water), 14.1 states the importance of reducing marine pollution in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.

This program provides participants with knowledge on SWM policy instruments, technologies, stakeholder participation based on Japan’s experience through lectures, presentations, exercises, visitations and observations, in collaboration with Japanese local governments in Kansai region.

Topics to be covered are: linkages between SWM (Solid Waste Management) and ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), outline of the SWM Plan at national and local government level, social contribution activities by corporations, waste management activities in community, linkage between solid waste and economic activities, issues on waste collection work, natural disasters and waste problem, conservation of sub-urban agricultural land and resource circulation, product life cycle (production to disposal of goods), strengthening capacity of administrative system and office procedure.

 

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Japan trains two Nigerians on solid waste management
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