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Only 300 elephants remain in Nigeria’s wildlife – Conservation Foundation



The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) says that only about 300 elephants remain in the wildlife in Nigeria.

Mr Oladapo Soneye, Head of Communication, NCF, said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Ibadan.

Soneye said that the rapidly dwindling number of forest elephants in Nigeria had made it imperative for all stakeholders to scale up the protection of the world’s largest living land animal.

“Two subspecies of the African elephants with an estimated population of about 300 individuals are currently living in the wildlife in Nigeria.

“The population of forest elephants are in dire need of protection in Nigeria,” he said.

According to him, while the NCF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have spearheaded the protection of elephants in the country, there is the need for collaborative support and public awareness to protect them from extinction.

“The increasing interests and supports from corporate institutions towards sustainable practices and actions have added to the expansion of conservation influence in Nigeria.

“Expectedly, these efforts did pay off with the near-zero mortality rate recorded for the elephants in recent times.

“Nevertheless, sustained actions are needed to halt the indiscriminate habitat destruction and human-wildlife conflicts (HWC) triggering unpredictable behaviour and movements of Nigeria’s elephants out of their known home ranges.

“Enhancing civic awareness and galvanising wide-ranging supports for the elephants is visibly the practical pathway to tow,” he said.

Soneye added that there were emerging facts that Nigeria’s elephants needed collaborative engagements to survive beyond this generation.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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Anambra SEMA adivises coastal communities on impending flooding



The Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has expressed the fear that coastal areas of the state may experience severe flooding this year.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Chief Paul Odenigbo, said this during an early warning sensitisation tour of Ayamelum and Awka North Local Government Areas of the state on Thursday.

Odenigbo, who was represented by Mr Emeka Obinwa, the Executive Assistant to Gov. Willie Obiano on SEMA and Media, said that meteorological experts listed Anambra coastal communities among the areas that would experience flooding in 2019.

He said that the tour was intended to avert possible loss of lives and valuables in the area.

He said that government had mapped out holding centres at Omor Health Centre, Ifite Ogwari Health Centre, Skills Acquisition Centre, Ifite Ogwari, Health Centre, Igbakwu and Health Centre Umueje in Ayamelum.

He also said that similar holding centres were sited at Agueke Primary School, Ugbenu, Central School, Ugbenu and Central School, Oba Ofemmili in Awka north.

The SEMA official told participants drawn from coastal communities to assemble their vital documents and relocate to the holding centres for safety once they noticed flooding.

He said that although the centres might not be the best, government set them up as proactive measures to ensure that residents were not caught unawares.

Chief Anthony Achebe, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Fire, Safety and Utilities, warned that flooding in the coastal areas would persist except the River Niger was dredged.

Achebe urged farmers to always seek information on weather from SEMA and other relevant agencies to avoid huge losses to flood.

Mr Anthony Nnaama and Chief Kenneth Onyeabor, the President-Generals of Umumbo and Omor communities, respectively, commemded SEMA for the visit.

Nnaama said that it would be appreciated if government would avail farmers with early information ahead of the planting season.

He said, “last year we were affected by flooding and this year our farm is already flooded.”

Other speakers at the event appealed to governments at all levels to find a lasting solution to recurrent flooding in Nigeria.

“We gathered that River Niger overflowing it’s bank is the cause of the problem, so let government find lasting solution to the phenomenon,” they said.





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We’re set to tackle flood in Lagos State— LASEMA



Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osayintolu, Director-General, Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), says the agency is set to tackle challenges against flood in the state.

Oke-Osayintolu spoke on Thursday at a roadshow for Flood Awareness Campaign and Strengthening of Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMC) in Lagos.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that following the prediction made by NIMET on vulnerability to flood, there was need to sensitise the citizens on how best to prepare and mitigate flood.

The LASEMA chief said the current administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has placed priority on safety of lives and property on his agenda.

“We need to ensure safety of our people, and in conjunction with all key stakeholders that are in emergency, we are kick-starting a road show to create awareness to our people on what they are vulnerable to,” he said.

The director-general said that directives have been given to all local governments to carry out biometrics of all citizens in the community to have comprehensive data in place.

“All local governments in Lagos State that are vulnerable to flood have been directed to carry out a digital biometrics of all citizens in their localities to have comprehensive data.

“The essence of biometric is to know the numbers of our citizens that are vulnerable to flood, and to sure their safety for swift, prompt and efficient response to any citizen that is vulnerable to flood.

“We have also carried out simulation exercises in cases there is any flood, we are best prepared.

“We urge residents to remain calm, no panic as the governor has put measures in place to ameliorate and prevent flood in the state,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

He said that cleaning and clearing of the primary and secondary drainage systems have been done, while the primary healthcare services has been improved by the Ministry of Health for any eventuality during flood.

The director-general said that the relief camp was ready to receive displaced members of the public.

The director-general warned that all buildings and construction along drainage systems had been marked for demolition.

He called for proper approval before any construction.


Edited by Olagoke Olatoye

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Take proactive measures to prevent flooding, Jigawa monarch advises subjects



The Emir of Dutse in Jigawa, Alhaji Nuhu Sunusi, has advised the people to take proactive measures to prevent flooding in their areas.

Sunusi gave the advice when the Deputy Governor of Jigawa, Malam Umar Namadi, paid him a sympathy visit over the recent flooding that ravaged some wards in Dutse and Birnin Kudu Local Government Areas of the state.

He urged the people to always avoid dumping refuse in culverts and drains to avert flooding.

The Emir appealed to the state government to come to the aid of those affected by the recent flooding in his domain.

The traditional ruler lauded Namadi for the visit and promised that the Emirate Council would continue to support the government in achieving its laudable objectives.

Earlier, Namadi noted that he was in Dutse to sympathise with the Emir and his subjects on the recent flood disaster that ravaged the two council areas.

The deputy governor said the state government would bring relief to the victims of the flooding.

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Don wants govts to embrace waste-to-wealth programme to combat unemployment



Dr Joe Okeke of the Faculty of Microbiology, University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka, has called on the three tiers of  government to explore opportunities inherent in  converting waste to wealth for improved economy.


Okeke speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Thursday also pleaded with the relevant authorities to give him a chance to prove his capabilities in the area.


He said that the end products could be sold to corporate organisations  and individuals who were into agriculture-related  sector to generate revenue for  governments.


Okeke added that  the programme would also serve as employment opportunities for several unemployed people.


“It is a known fact that Nigeria with her large population generates huge wastes; if properly converted through waste management it will give the country relief from youth restiveness.


“We can make it big if governments at all levels will support ideas like the one I am offering the nation,” he said.


Okeke said that visitations by government officials to waste recycling plants outside the country should bring about tangible outcomes to the country.


He said that some time ago, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra visited a waste recycling plant in Austria.


He said that the reports from such a visit should be turned to experts in waste management for proper implementation for the good of all.


“There is no way they (the Executive Arm of government) will know what to do when it comes to putting such venture in place.


“I am calling on all that cares to know that there are millions of jobs that can be created by recycling waste to wealth for the benefits of the nation,” he said.


NAN, however, reports that in August 2018, the Anambra  Government  entered into a partnership with an Austrian firm, Energie Verso gung Margarethen, Vienna, on sustainable management of wastes in the state.


Gov. Willie Obiano had then told newsmen after a meeting with a delegation of investors from Austria held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia that the partnership was a fallout of his recent tour of  Austria.


The governor added then that under the partnership, the state government would be able to  convert wastes generated by its citizens into  sustainable energy that would  boost the economic growth of the state.


Obiano said that the environmental technology firm would fund the project while the state government would provide wastes and the site for the establishment of the plant.


The governor  said then that the firm was ready to replicate in Anambra  what it had done in Vienna, Germany and in India.


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