2019 Science Prize: NLNG hands over 29 entries to Advisory Board



Mr Andy Odeh, the Manager, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Nigeria LNG Ltd., on Tuesday said only 29 entries were received for The Nigeria Prize for Science 2019 edition.

Odeh said this at the Company’s Handover of Entries for the 2019 Nigeria Prize for Science with the theme: ‘Climate. Change, Erosion, Drought and Desertification’ to the Advisory Board in Lagos.

According to him, the number is far less than 85 entries received in 2018 when the theme had to do with Innovation in Energy.

”Nigeria NLG Ltd. has been doing this Nigeria Prize for Science since 2004 and we have been consistent with it.

”Each year a theme is chosen aimed at tackling particular issue along the developments and challenges faced by Nigeria.

”This year, the theme is focusing on ‘Climate Change, Erosion, Drought and Desertification.

”The emphasis is on proffering solutions to Nigeria environmental challenges.

”The 29 entries were received from researchers in these areas within and outside the country.

”It is these entries that we are handing over to the Advisory Board for their final adjudication,” he said.

Odeh said that the company was committed to research works that would help in the development of Nigeria.

Prof. Alfred Susu, the Chairman of the Advisory Board, said that the Board had done its best to select panel of judges that would adjudicate the entries received.

He said that the the panel of judges would also meet to set criteria that would determine the processes.

Susu said that from the 29 entries winners would emerge which would be announced at a gala night that would be held for the award of the prize.

Prof. (Mrs) Debora Ajakaiye, the Chairman 2019 Nigeria Prize for Science Panel of Judges, said that the members of the panel of judges appreciated the great responsibilities given to them.

She said that they realised that it was a duty that would not to be taken lightly.

Ajakaiye said that she had worked on the 2019 theme for more than 30 years adding that the theme would also stimulate scientists to do a lot of work.

She said that the panel would work hard to justify the confidence repose in it.

Ajakaiye said that the panel would ensure that the best entry emerged as winner for the 2019 Nigeria Prize for Science.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the The Nigeria Prize for Science are Prof. Raph Nnaji and Mrs Nike Akande.

Also, it reports that the members of Panel of Judges include Prof. Abdullahi Bala, Department of Geology, University of Lokoja and Prof. Peter Nnabude of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa.


NDDC to resettle Niger Delta flood victims -Project Director



The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it will do everything possible to resettle the over two million persons displaced by flood in the Niger Delta region.

Dr Cairo Ojougboh, the commission’s Executive Director of Project gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, 280 communities in the region were completely submerged by flood, adding that the communities had nothing going on for now.

He listed the most affected states in the region to include Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Abia, saying that areas below sea level in the states were mostly affected.

Ojougboh stressed that the NDDC could no longer sit and watch while the affected persons went through pains.

He added that the commission was working to address the issue by doing everything humanly possible to ensure that persons in the affected communities were resettled and sent back to their homes.

You know that the rains had just stopped and the flood is receding, most of the indigenes of Niger Delta are now in Internally Displaced Persons camps (IDP) and will have to go back home.

When they get home, they will find their homes occupied by dangerous insects and reptiles, including snakes, and their properties would have been damaged.

So we have to find a way of resettling them, these are the things the commission is looking at now.

We are not going to stop there, we most project into the future and find out how we can stop this catastrophe from happening every year, because every year, it is the same story and these are the issues in the Niger Delta.

Ojougboh said the commission had started interfacing with the Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure that things were done according to statuesque, adding that the commission was now more focused to deliver on its mandate.

Speaking on development in the commission, Ojougboh said it was currently going through reformation to ensure more participation between it and the ministry.

He added that the commission had stabilised and functioning properly with a defined focus on delivering on its mandate.

He further added that each department of the commission was now well repositioned for greater delivery of service to the Niger Delta people.

He said most of the issues confronting the commission were being resolved, adding that it was now stable.

Ojougboh further added that the commission was presently looking at how it would honour past obligations and to identify genuine obligations.

This, he said, was what the commission was presently working on, and how it could ameliorate the hardship of the people of Niger Delta region.

According to him, the function of the commission and the Ministry of Works and Housing are intertwined, adding that it will work with the ministry to deliver its mandate.

He, however, noted that one of the commission’s challenges was conflict between tiers of government with regards to contract award for road construction in parts of the country.

You go to some states, you find out that contract that had been awarded by the NDDC is also awarded by the state and Local Government.

And you go to some places, you find out that the NDDC is on a road, and the Ministry of Works and Housing is also on the same road.

We need to know where everybody is, so we don’t pay contractors twice for jobs that had been done. These are the areas where the ministry and the commission must cooperate and collaborate,” he said.

He explained that such circumstances could be caused by genuine mistakes, saying that the way forward was to know who was where and know what was ongoing.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Niger govt begins urban policy sensitisation



Niger State Government has commenced sensitisation of stakeholders in communities across the 25 local government areas as part of the preparation for the formulation of the state urban policy.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government had received a 900,000 dollar grant from the South Korean government for the policy.

The policy seeks to prepare the state urban policy based on the Nigerian National Urban Development Plans for Minna and Suleja.

It will include the development of improved plans, policies and designs for the cities to become more compact, integrated, connected, resident and socially inclusive.

Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, Coordinator the State Urban Support Programme (SUP), while speaking at a town hall meeting for six local government areas in Minna on Monday, said the meeting was aimed at ensuring that all residents of the state were involved in preparation of the policy.

The stakeholders will be discussing about what the challenges of their local governments are, and their hopes and aspirations for their local governments.

We will put all these things together and formulate a draft policy and pass it to the governor who will in turn send it to the state assembly for it to be enacted into law,” he said.

Zubairu noted that similar town hall meetings would be held in Kontagora, Bida and Suleja for other local government areas.

In his remarks, the state Governor, Abubakar Bello, said the effectiveness and sustainability of towns and cities were hinged on their ability to operate on a self- sustaining basis.

Bello, who was represented by Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government, maintained that the local economic potentials of towns have remained undeveloped with inadequate efforts at achieving internal resource mobilisation.

He solicited the support of UN-Habitat to help the state prepare a pilot integrated development plan for Minna and Suleja, and to develop a smart city near Suleja.

“This project is to create an enabling environment for residents and investors to provide products, services and skills required for the economy to grow as well as provide jobs for our people,” he said.

Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Institute concludes environmental impact survey of Lagos, makes recommendations



Institute concludes environmental impact survey of Lagos, makes recommendations

The Environmental Impact Survey team from the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) assigned to Lagos State on Saturday concluded its assignment and issued recommendations to mitigate crisis.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 10-day survey took the IPCR team to the countrysides of the state to find out those environment impact-induced things that could lead to crisis.

NAN reports that the assignment which had security undertone, bordered food security, social welfare and solution to ecological problems, in order to nip crises in the bud.

The team led by Mr Emeka Mba, an Assistant Director with IPCR, recommended that there should be collaboration with traditional institutions to create sustainable peace-building system to mediate in conflict situations in communities.

“There should be a scale up in the role of NGOs and civil societies in peace-building and reconciliation.

“There is need for government to begin conservation activities in communities prone to environmental degradation to stop the mass movement of inhabitants from their area to other areas because of environmental emergencies.

“Climate change awareness campaign should be intensified to create community resilience at combating climate change effects.

“Federal Government needs to provide support in restoration of livelihood, capacity building, empowerment, waste management, vaccination and primary healthcare services in disaster areas to stem frustration and anguish,” he said.

According to Mbah, the team co-opted locals into the work to ensure the survey meets required desire.

He said the implementation of the recommendations will aid Federal and State Governments in nipping crisis in the bud.

Edited & Vetted By: Adeleye Ajayi



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Waste managers pledge to upgrade disposal trucks for better service



Waste managers pledge to upgrade disposal trucks for better service

The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN) has pledged its commitment toward replacing its  rickety waste disposal trucks with stronger one in order to upgrade the standard of waste management in Lagos State and the country at large.

The National President of AWAMN, Mr David Oriyomi made this known during a Gala and Award Night, organised by the association  in Lagos.

The Gala and Award night has the theme: ”Unlocking the Potential in Waste Management through Circular Economy”.

Oriyomi said that the association was already discussing with some banks to assist in equipment financing, toward replacing the trucks.

“The most important thing for me is the growth of the business.

“You can tie that to a clean environment.

“The business cannot grow without the cleanliness of the environment.

“My desire is to make sure that we have a clean environment, and that the business grows, to ensure the peace and professional growth of members,” he said.

The president said that the association was geared toward innovating and moving from refuse collection, transportation, and disposal, to waste recycling.

He said that to fulfill its manifesto, the executive committee of the association would work hard to ensure that waste collectors “are properly kitted, and the trucks branded”.

“The issues of rickety trucks and ill-looking workers will soon be things of the past.

“Within this short time that we have been in office – three months – we have begun discussing with some banks to assist us in equipment financing so we can replace those rickety trucks with stronger ones.

“I am happy that they are responding, and things are going on well,” Oriyomi said.

He expressed appreciation to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for promising to work with banks to assist operators in procuring trucks.

The Publicity Secretary of AWAMN, Mr Adebola Olugbenga stated that political will is key to a sustainable partnership for effective and efficient integrated waste management system in low- and middle-income countries.

Olugbenga said that the PSP system adopted by Lagos State and which had become a model for other states within Nigeria and in some parts of Africa, should be sustained and improved upon.

Among those given awards for their contributions to waste management are the former Governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, and the former Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, Dr Ola Oresanya.

Others are the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa, among others.

Edited & Vetted By: Emmanuel Yashim

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NIDCOM condemns attack on Amaechi in Spain



Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condemned, in its entirety, the attack on Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in Madrid.

NIDCOM condemned the attack in a statement by the Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Friday.

According to NIDCOM, Amaechi was attending an official event in Madrid.

“NIDCOM appeals to Nigerians in diaspora to be of good behavior wherever they are because such incidents tarnish the image of the country in their  host countries.

“Also such attitude has multiplier negative effects on Nigerians living in that country, who are law-abiding,” the commission said.

NIDCOM applauded the prompt intervention of the Nigerian Mission in Spain and the Spanish police who ensured that the attacks did not escalate.

(Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim)

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Emir seeks abolition of GRA in llorin



Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin on Friday called for the abolition of Government Reserved Area (GRA) in the state capital.

Sulu-Gambari, also Chairman, Kwara Traditional Council made the call while receiving members of the Technical Committee on the New Ilorin Master Plan, on a courtesy visit in his palace.

The monarch described some areas in llorin metropolis regarded as GRA as discrimination against the common man in the society.

Ilorin is now more developed than before and needs some modern infrastructure to meet international standard,” he said.

The royal father praised the State Government for its vision on the New llorin Master Plan, which he said will further popularise the ancient city.

Sulu-Gambari assured the committee of support needed to facilitate successful completion of its assignment.

The Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Jacob Olorunfemi in his remarks said the committee was set up by the state government with a mission to make Ilorin a Mega City.

Olorunfemi said the visit was to seek royal blessings towards successful implementation of the programme.


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Shell pledges to implement NOSDRA’s directive on N2.74 remediation of spill site



The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), on Friday said it was committed to remediation of sites impacted by an oil spill from its Trans Ramos export line in Bayelsa and Delta states.

Nigeria News Agency reports that oil spill which occurred on May 17, 2018 had impacted and polluted estimated area of 113.03 hectares in Aghoro and Odumodu communities in Bayelsa and Delta respectively.

A joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the incident obtained by NAN had concluded that the leak on the pipeline at three spots was caused by equipment failure.

The investigation showed that this discharged about 1,114 barrels of crude oil into the environment.

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) had in a post-impact assessment report obtained by NAN recommended that the ecological damages caused by the leak be remediated with N2.74 billion.

Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Media Relations Manager, SPDC, had earlier said that the oil firm regretted the incident and assured that the firm would compensate victims as well as correct the polluted areas of the community.

Reacting to the recommendations of NOSDRA, Mr Michael Adande, Spokesman of SPDC, said the oil firm took full responsibility to correcting and renewing the polluted areas.

Adande said that the N2.74 billion recommended by NOSDRA was not to be paid to victims of the spill incident but a cost to be incurred to remediate the ecological damage caused by the leak.

He explained that the oil firm prioritised the safety of its operations.

He also said it would deploy its expertise of operating in an environmentally sustainable way to go beyond clean up of the polluted areas, but to restore and conserve them.

“The SPDC conducts a comprehensive damage assessment and enumeration exercise with active participation of other members of the JIV team, especially the impacted claimants.

“We also use geomantic map to establish the exact area of impact and extent within SPDC’s Right of Way or third party area and the degree of impact to arrive at a fair compensation value.

“In the case of the regrettable incident in Aghoro in Bayelsa and Odimodi in Delta in 2018, SPDC has paid the agreed compensation to the affected persons and communities.

“The NOSDRA Post-Impact Assessment report, however, included a N2.74 billion as ‘ecological damage assessment’ for environmental restoration and not as compensation.

“SPDC takes responsibility for clean-up, remediation and restoration,” Adande said.

NAN learnt that NOSDRA had recommended a total of N 3.68 billion as compensation while about N930 million was paid out to impacted communities.

Edited & Vetted By: Cecilia Odey/Donald Ugwu

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Environmentalist suggests measures to curb illegal dumpsites in Lagos



An Environmentalist, Mr Emmanuel Emechete, has suggested some proactive measures to curb the increasing illegal dumpsites across Lagos State.

Emechete made the suggestion in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Friday while speaking on the current state of waste management in Lagos.

The environmentalist said it was pertinent to make effective the waste collection process in the state if there is any hope in curbing the rate of illegal dumpsites in the state.

“This epileptic method of picking waste is really affecting the ideal waste management programme Lagos has in mind; the waste managers should end truancy in waste collection.

“The government needs to provide better and effective options for residents of the state to dump their refuse if we are keen in ending these illegal dumpsites.

“If we have the waste collectors coming regularly or as and when due to pick up waste in residential areas, the number of illegal dumpsites across Lagos will drop.

“The body regulating waste management and disposal in the state needs to step up their act to stop this menace of illegal dumpsites.

“There is need to put in place proper waste management processes. If we have effective collection process, there will be less illegal dump site,” he said.

Emechete noted that the unwillingness of residents of the state to pay the legal waste managers also contributed to the rise in illegal dumpsites.

“In addition, the reason for these illegal dumpsites is because of the rise in illegal waste collectors. These illegal collectors cannot take the waste to legal dumpsites.

“Some residents subscribed to illegal waste collectors because it is cheaper, hence the need to regulate the price or fee paid to legal collectors to a make it more affordable.

“The reason why most people dump waste at illegal dumpsites is because they want to escape the payment.

“There are illegal waste collectors who go from house-to-house to pick up waste; these persons do not have any legal right or authority to do so.

“These persons should be stopped or engaged so that they can become legal collectors and gain access to the legal dumping site,” Emechete said.

Edited & Vetted By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi

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WaterAid solicits collaboration on accessible water, sanitation



WaterAid — an international non-governmental organisation — has called on governments, development partners and relevant stakeholder to collaborate on providing access to clean water, decent toilets and sanitation.

Mrs ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye, Country Director of WaterAid, said this in a statement issued by Mrs Oluseyi Abdulmalik, Communications and Media Manager of the organisation on Friday in Abuja.

Aniagolu-Okoye said that clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene services transformed lives and improved livelihoods.

According to her, to make these basic needs normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation, we must keep taps running, toilets working and reinforce good hygiene behaviours.

“Everyone goes to the toilet and everyone is put at risk of deadly waterborne disease if the waste is not properly dealt with.

“So, we should join hands together and ensure that we all work it out for better Nigeria,’’ she said.

The country director also said that sanitation workers could be exposed when carrying out their jobs.

She said that sanitation workers should be provided with adequate equipment to enable them to carry out their duties effectively.

“It is shocking that those sanitation workers are forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and lives.

“Sanitation workers are coping with stigma and marginalisation, rather than have adequate equipment, recognition and celebration of the life-saving work they carry out.

“Women, children, men and youth die daily because of poor sanitation services from both the diseases caused by human waste being released into the environment,’’ she said.

Aniagolu-Okoye, however, called on all the relevant stakeholders to work in oneness to enable provide decent toilets and good hygiene facilities as well as effective sanitation services across the county.

Edited & Vetted By: Kayode Olaitan

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