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Dumping of refuse endangers aquatic animals -Environmentalist

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Mr Mohammed Zakari, an environmentalist, on Friday called for more enlightenment of residents on dangers of dumping refuse in rivers.

Zakari, who is the Director, African Climate Reporters made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna, said that  dumping of refuse in rivers “is endangering aquatic animals’’.

According to him, water pollution is getting worse daily due to lack of awareness to the public on the dangers of throwing all sorts of refuse into Rivers, ponds and small lakes.

He said that human attitudes of dumping all sorts of trash, hazardous chemical and other poisonous waste into rivers were causing serious threats to the existence of aquatics animals and human being.

He said that serious water pollutin in certain areas, can destroy the soil, kill plants, animals, fish, and even insects.

“Fish that live in polluted water source die off quickly, which in turn causes death of animals that eat those fish for survival.”

Zakari said that his NGO had been organising enlightenments toward cleaning up the entire surrounding of river banks to protect animals in the water, and humans from water borne-diseases.

“Animals, who eat plastic often starve because they cannot digest the plastic and it fills their stomachs as such and this will prevent them from eating real food, at the end the animals will die.

“There is need to recycled all the wastes to save aquatics lives and other animals from the threat of hazardous chemical and other forms of garbage killing our water animals.”

The director said that more awareness was needed for the public to stop throwing all sorts of refuse into gutters.

“Also to let them know that these ugly attitudes destroy lives of thousands of aquatic animals which can equally affect humans.’’

He, however, adviced the public to use less plastics, and take the recyclable options, while calling on Nigerians to use environmentally friendly detergents to stop chemical pollution.

Edited by Grace Yussuf

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Association lists hurdles at Ojota dumpsite

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Waste Association lists hurdles at Ojota dump site

The Chairman, TopSand Waste Pickers Association, Mr Taiwo Abiodun, on Wednesday identified insufficient trucks, lack of First Aid Centre and good road networks as major challenges at the Ojota dump site.

Abiodun made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

According to him, the  seven trucks currently at the dump site are not enough to push the waste far away from the surface of the roads into the swampy areas.

”The dump site can still serve its purpose for the next 10 years.

”There are still many swampy areas yet to be filled up and compacted.

”At present, there are just  seven trucks at the dumpsite and this is not enough as you can see.

”We need more caterpillars for the waste to be properly taking care of, and we are appealing to the Lagos State Government to mobilise more caterpillars to the dump site,” he said.

Abiodun said that the dump site had over 3, 000 waste pickers currently working  there and were registered with the association and that the association was there to take care of the welfare of all its members and others visiting the dumpsite daily.

Mr Julius Amaechi, the association’s secretary said that there was a dare need of a  First Aid centre at the dump site.

”How we operate here is that when the trucks gets to the platform to off load, the waste pickets in larger numbers rushed to the platform to pick materials dear to them.

”In the process, some of them get injured by some sharp materials or by the truck or by the caterpillar when its coming to push the waste out of the platform.

”We have cases like that every day and our task force will rush and rescue them.

”When they bring them out the problems had been to get prompt first aid treatment for the victims,” he said.

Amaechi said that the areas needed a good road networks so that trucks would enter from one gate and go out through the other gate.

He said that it would help to decongest the roads and facilitate trucks off loading easily and doing as many trips as possible.

Mr Raymond Ikenna, the Association’s Vice Chairman, said that some of the resourceful waste picked by the waste pickers included iron, pet and normal bottles, nylons and cartons.

He said that others were aluminium products such as cans, scrap coppers, brass and panels among others.

According to him, the materials were sold by scales of one kilo, five kilos, 10 kilos among others.

He said that  the pet bottles were sold for N44 per kilo, adding that prices varies per kilo for other waste materials.

Ikenna said that when a particular waste materials reached 10 tonnes to fill a truck, the buyers would then arrange for trucks to take them outside the dump sites to various companies that needed them.

He said that the association  had taskforce that maintained law and order in the dumpsite, and ensure that no good was stolen from the place.

Ikenna said that the waste pickers needed financial support and necessary training  on good practices and how to take care of their health as well as sanitise the dumpsite.

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Ministers pledges to reposition Ministry of Water Resources roadmap

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Mr Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources, has pledged to re-position the ministry’s roadmap, geared toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) six for quality water and sanitation in the country.

Adamu gave the pledge when addressing member of staff as he resumed office at the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja.

Adamu said repositioning was critical as the roadmap was  expected to give direction to water quality in the country.

NAN reports that in line with 2019 Annual Work Plan to achieve SDGs six, a Technical Committee to develop the Water Quality Management Roadmap was set up.

“I want to assure you that I will put the Federal Ministry of Water Resources back on the roadmap.

“We are going to reposition the ministry on the roadmap through our collective efforts.

” I am result oriented and I just want to see results, so I will urge you all to put more efforts in your duties.

“I also want to assure you that every department in the ministry will be given a fair hearing. I will maintain an open door policy,” he said.

The minister also urged the staff to always be open and bear their minds on issues pertaining to the development if the ministry.

“I am back home, so let us get back to work. I am also very touched by the flow of emotions that I saw and I want you to translate these emotions and happiness to work.’’

Mrs Comfort Ekaro, the Permanent Secretary, of the ministry commended the minister for his reappointment.

”This is a long awaited hope and we are grateful to God for answered prayers. We are happy that you are back to continue your good works and we are sure that you will deliver on your mandate,” she said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Suleiman Adamu, an engineer, is from Jigawa.

He was born on April 19, 1963.

He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1984 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Masters from University of Reading, UK.

Adamu was the Managing Director of Integrated Engineering Associates (IEA), a leading firm of civil/ structural, electrical, mechanical, and environmental engineering consultancy based in Kaduna, before his appointment as the immediate past Minister of Water Resources.

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Association tasks govt. on air pollution research analysis

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He said that such reports were useful for government and policy makers to use in improving the quality of air by deploring necessary machineries to ensure improvement in air quality.

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Minister assures good working relations, protection of environment

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Mr Mohammed Abubakar, the Minister of Environment on Wednesday assured Nigerians and staff of the ministry of good working relations and effective protection of the nation’s environment.

Abubakar gave the assurance in Abuja while addressing staff of the ministry as he assumed duty.

He said that environment generally was a sensitive area because it was all about people and their behaviours, adding that it must be protected to prevent spreading of diseases.

“Most people don’t know the importance of environment, I want to let them know that everything about environment is about people and when the environment is not healthy, nothing else is healthy.

“I know much about the ministry even before the name was changed; I already have good relationship with the ministry.

“So, we should all know and believe that everything about environment is life and that particular life must be protected.

“We must provide a good healthy living environment to avoid spreading of any form of diseases in the country; that is our major mandate,’’ he said.

Abubbakar urged all the staff of the ministry to be committed in order to achieve greater result.

He also welcomed Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, who was also appointed as a State of Minister of the ministry.

He said that the Ikeazor had been a committed person, adding that cordial working relationship would help the ministry achieve it mandates and objectives.

Ikeazor, while appreciating the minister and the staff, she said that she would put all her best to achieve the goals of the ministry.

She said that she would ensure that all the agencies and departments of the ministry would bring out the best for the betterment of the ministry and the country at large.

Mrs Odusote Abimbola, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry earlier welcomed the two ministers and assured them of good working relations.

“I want to assure you that all the staff of the ministry are  ready and committed to work with you.

“We are very friendly people and ready to do our job as it should be.

“On behalf of the staff, we are going to work with you and give you the best to ensure that the mandates and the objectives of the ministry are achieved adequately,’’ she said.

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Edited by Grace Yussuf

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Flood renders residents of 3 wards in Dutse homeless

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Flooding which ravaged some local government areas in Jigawa, has also rendered residents of three wards in Dutse metropolis homeless and destroyed property worth millions of naira.

The wards are Danmasara, Kachi and Zai, where affected persons are currently taking refuge in primary schools within the metropolis.

Malam Umar Namadi, Deputy Governor of Jigawa, who visited the areas on Wednesday to assess the situation, described the disaster as an act of God.

Namadi pledged that the state government would assist the victims.

Nigeria News Agency reports that though no life was lost following the disaster, however, houses, food items and farm lands were destroyed.

Ward Head of Kachi, Alh. Haruna Nababa, who spoke on behalf of the victims, appealed to the state and Federal Government to come to their aid.

Nababa told NAN in an exclusive interview that it would take residents of Kachi a while to recover from their losses.

“We really thank the Deputy Governor, Malam Umar Namadi, who visited us in our camps to see our situation with a view to assisting us.

“We are therefore appealing to the state and federal governments, through the relevant agencies and NGOs, to come to our aid,’’ Nababa said.

NAN recalls that Flood recently ravaged four local government areas of Jigawa namely; Miga, Auyo, Guri and Kirikasamma, where many lives and properties worth millions of naira, were lost.

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Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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