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Ecologist urges AEPB to enforce waste disposal laws

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Abuja, March 13, 2019 An Ecologist, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, has urged the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB)

to intensify efforts toward enforcing extant waste disposal laws to ensure dirt-free environment in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Aremu, who is the Director-General, Advocacy for Environmental and Sanitation Integrity, an NGO, made the call

in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the board should deal with those who litter the environment with garbage.

He added that “in the FCT, particularly in suburbs of Abuja, managing waste has become a major concern in spite of efforts by

government and private organisations in that direction.

“That is why it is a common sight today to see heaps of festering waste in many areas of FCT.

“Residential apartments, markets, waterways, highways, streets and undeveloped plots of land have been converted into waste

dumpsites for many households.”

The ecologists urged residents of the FCT to dispose waste properly to prevent water pollution.

He explained that “water pollution can occur from city streets where garbage and chemicals are not disposed properly.”

Aremu said that once water was polluted, it would become unsafe for consumption due to the dangerous or toxic materials in it.

He added that if contaminated, such water could lead to infections, sicknesses and even death when consumed.

“Water pollution has become a growing concern over the last century, as more and more waste is being disposed

into our oceans, rivers and lakes,” he said.

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Kano communities laud FG for prompt intervention over effluent discharge

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Communities located within the Challawa, Bompai and Sharada industrial areas of Kano metropolis have commended the Federal Government for its intervention in addressing the challenges of effluent discharge by companies in the areas.

The federal government, under its intervention programme through the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), is currently constructing concrete chambers and laying pipes that will be connected to the outlets of the tanneries and textile industries for the discharge of their industrial effluents.

The industrial effluents are to be channelled to three treatment plants being constructed in the area.

The communities made the commendation when a team from the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), led by the Director, Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Mr Willie Bassey, visited the project site in Kano on Thursday.

NAN reports that the team was in Kano to inspect the damage caused by the effluent discharge in the industrial areas and the efforts by the EFO to contain environmental damage.

A Leader of one of the communities and Chairman of Sabuwar Gandu Development Association, Alhaji Ado Hamza, told the team that the entire Sharada community living around the industrial area was very happy with the project.

According to Hamza, the establishment of the industrial pollution management facility would go a long way in addressing the indiscriminate discharge of untreated industrial effluents, which affected not only the quality of water they drink but also polluted the soil and air.

“We are really short of words to express our thanks and gratitude to the federal government for its intervention,” he said.

Also, a community leader in Panshekara, Alhaji Nasiru Mohammed, lauded the federal government for its concern.

He said that many residents of the area had died due to challenges arising from the evironmental and ecological pollution.

He appealed to the government to ensure the immediate payment of compensation to persons whose farmlands were acquired for the laying of the pipes in the area.

“We really appreciate the federal government for initiating the project. However, we appeal that it should compensate farmers who are affected by the project,” Mohammed said.

Earlier, the Team Leader, Mr Willie Bassey, expressed satisfaction with the level of work done so far.

Bassey urged the benefitting communities to continue to support the contractor handling the project to enable him to do a quality job.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the team, which was accompanied by officials of the Kano State Ministry of Environment and journalists, also visited the site for the proposed industrial waste treatment plant at Sharada.

(Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Sam Oditah)

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Industrial waste management: Kano govt. pledges compensation to affected farmers

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Kano state government has promised to pay compensation to some farmers at Panshekara industrial area whose farms were affected by the ongoing laying of pipes for the secondary treatment plant for Kano industrial areas.

The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabir Getso, made the pledge when a team from the Ecological Fund Office paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday in Kano.

Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), led the team to Kano to inspect the effluent damages in Challawa, Sharada and Bompai industrial areas.

It was also to assess the level of work on the remedial effort by the Ecological Fund Office to contain the environmental damage in the areas.

He said the Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, had directed the bureau for land management to conduct an assessment of the affected farms, adding that the assessment had been completed.

The commissioner assured the team that as soon the committee submits its report to the state government, the affected farmers would be compensated.

“I want to use this opportunity to assure the affected farmers that they will be paid because of the importance the state government attaches to the project,” the commissioner said.

Getso said the state government would continue to support the Federal Government to ensure the completion of the project, asserting that Ganduje-led administration accorded priority to the issue of environment.

Earlier, the team leader told the commissioner that the team was also in the state to inspect the secondary treatment plant for the Kano industrial areas being executed by the Ecological Fund Office.

“After the SGF and Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund, Dr Habiba Lawal has received various reports on the project and work has since commenced in earnest.

“The contractors are also doing their work and the communities are happy about it,” he said.

He called on the state government to look into the complaint by a community, on nonpayment of compensation, in order to ensure speedy completion of the project.

NAN reports that the laying of pipes and construction of concrete chambers will cover about 10 kilometers while three treatment plants will be constructed, each at Challawa, Sharada and Bompai industrial area.

Edited by Dada Ahmed (NAN)

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Surulere Super Plaza gutted by fire in Lagos

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The Super Plaza on Akerele Street in Surulere area of Lagos was gutted by fire on Wednesday, destroying valuable merchandise, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). NAN correspondent who was at the scene reports that many of the shop owners were seen packing out their goods, including, furniture, to reduce their losses.

NAN reports that the plaza comprised of many shops and churches including Fountain Hall, Dominion City Worship, Omega Fire Ministries, Textiles and Fabrics, Bureau de Change and Gift Gallery, among others.

A witness, Mr. Abayomi Ayelomi, commended the effort of the Lagos State Fire Service and other emergency services who supported in putting out the fire, adding that the building was formally Super Cinema before it was converted to a shopping plaza.

Surulere Super Plaza gutted by fire in Lagos

The Director-General said that the preliminary investigation conducted on-site indicated that the fire resulted from an electrical surge in one of the shops before escalating to other parts of the plaza.

“No loss of life nor injury has been sustained so far at the scene of the fire where properties worth a fortune have been lost to the inferno,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Kebbi Assembly calls for rehabilitation of Koko-Mahuta-Dabai road

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 The Kebbi State House of Assembly, has urged the State Government to rehabilitate Koko-Mahuta-Dabai road in the state.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Alhaji Muhammad Usman (APC-Zuru), at plenary on Wednesday.

Speaking on the motion, Usman explained that the people in the area have been subjected to untold hardship due to the bad state of the road.

“The rehabilitation of the road has social and economic importance to the people because it is one of the areas with largest number of farmers in the state.

“Therefore, if the road is rehabilitated by way of asphalting, it will assist in boosting commerce and farming activities in the area, especially as the state government is on the verge of producing bio- fuel from that area.

“If the road is rehabilitated it will help to improve business and farming activities and this will also boost the economy of the state and increase job opportunities for our unemployed youths ” Usman said.

The lawmaker added that due to the deplorable condition of the road, most civil servants and business people in the area found it difficult to pass the road, especially during rainy season.

The motion was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers after voice vote.

The sitting was presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Abdulmumeen Kamba.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Climate change: stakeholders call for collective effort

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Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 Stakeholders in the Environment sector have called for collective efforts towards mitigating the effects of climate change.

They made this call during The National Consultations on Pre-Conference of Parties(COP 25) Workshop organised by Climate & Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Dr Uzodinma Adirieje, President, Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria, said that humans were the most affected by climate change.

Adirieje, therefore , said it was important for everyone to collectively protect the environment and mitigate the impact of climate change.

He said more than half of the SDGs were linked to climate change which showed how important is was to tackle the issue.

“We are at a big cross road in human development. Everything nature has bestowed on us is at war with human beings.

“From the technologies we apply to the pollution we are all inhaling, to the refuse scattered around both degradable and bio- degradable, to the generators we use and vehicles that carry us around.

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“We are tampering with our environmental equilibrium especially our climate.”

He said Nigeria , must embrace renewable energy, embrace green economy, green environment and green energy which would help reduce the impact of climate change, .

According to him we must do our best to protect and preserve our environment, yes we can, yes we should.

Also speaking, Mr Ochuko Odibo, from the REDD+ secretariat urged participants and Nigerians to come up with nature based solutions , build resilience and adaptation measures.

According to him Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is a nature based solution designed by a student, we use trees to engage and teach people and it has been a successful programme under the UN.

“I want to challenge us to start thinking, you can do REDD+ in any state as long as there are trees irrespective of if those trees are depliting.

“You can be the next person to come up with a solution to address the issue of climate change; i want to challenge us as Nigerians to start thinking of how we can solve this problem that will be adopted internationally.

Also contributing, Dr Pricilia Achakpa, Founder, Women Environment Programme, said CSOs involvement in climate change activities was key because they provide oversight to the government.

Achakpa, , said that nobody was linking the issues such as flooding, herders and farmers clashes, Boko haram, draught and experienced in different regions in the country to climate change.

” We need to come together and we need a voice that will hold government accountability, we cannot always antagonise Government.

“Gender issues must also be looked into in the National Determined Contributions and must be discussed as we go for COP because no one will beat our drum for us.”

Mr Atayi Babs, National Co-ordinator, CSDevNet, said the time to take action was now if ” we want to leave a better planet for our children”

Babs represented by Samuel Jinadu, Programme Officer, CSDevNet urged participants to come up with local solutions to address climate change.

According to him we must know what you all are doing at the local level and in your Various communities.

” Whatever we discuss and arrive at here Will be delibrated at COP25, so your voice needs to be heard.”

Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, in his address said a lot of activities were being done in silence to achieve the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

Tarfa,represented by Chioma Edeh, Principal Scientific Officer, in the Department however said government could not do it alone and platforms should be created to discuss how to address the situation.

According to him, the Ministry is coming out with a mapping on Monotoring Reporting and Verification ( MRV) in 2020 which would put figures on activities of our reduction footprint .

“So this will allow everyone have access to information and data on what we have done.

“We have are going forward . A lot of have been done on all the sectors the National Determined Contributions focus areas but we cannot put figures to it until we have the MRV.

“Government cannot do it alone we have to create a platform where we can all discuss how we all can address the situation.

“The activities towards COP25 is not soley on the government we are open to observation, suggestions, interactions ,whatever it takes for the government to come out with a very objective and good outing is welcomed.”

Mr Pius Oko, Project Officer, CSDevNet, had earlier said that the workshop was aimed at getting government and CSOs perspective as a build up to COP25.

Oko said the initiative seeks to sustain synergy and collaborative effort in Nigeria and the global call for action against climate change, and responses to the challenges posed by global warming.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop is being organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and SDGs (NCSFPAS) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

Other partners are ECOWAS, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment and other

key collaborating agencies at the national level.

CSDevNET us a network of over 300 civil society

organisations cutting across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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FG to push for sustainable awareness campaign to  protect environment – Parm Sec

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The Federal Ministry for Environment on Tuesday said it would promote policies for nationwide sustainable awareness campaign on the importance of environmental protection.

Mrs Ibikun Odusote, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, made this known in Kaduna at the opening of the 13th meeting of the National Council for Environment (NCE).

The meeting has as its theme, Promoting Environmental Advocacy for Sustainable Development: A Panacea for Achieving the Next Level Agenda.

According to her, the council would come up with policies that would create awareness on the consequences of neglecting the environment on the society.

She called for research and innovations to enhance sustainability of nature and securing quality environment conducive for good health and wellbeing of fauna and flora.

“Therefore, the Ministry has sought to proffer solutions to challenges on environment in line with the current administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERPG)”, she said.

Earlier, Ibrahim Hussain, Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, said advocacy is a strong tool for promoting sustainable environmental protection practices.

“Many people in urban and rural areas may not be aware or are negligent of their environmental responsibilities.

“Wilful destruction of forests, poaching, dumping of refuse in drainages, illegal mining, buildings within areas liable to flooding are common place in our communities”, he noted.

He however said through comprehensive advocacy programmes, “I strongly believe that we can educate, sensitize, mobilize and convince people to be aware and responsive to their environment which will make enforcement and compliance easier.”

In a remark, Bolatito Bisesan, Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Environment, called on participants to generate a roadmap for reversing adversities in the sector and build a buffer to wedge the rapidly degrading areas.

Edited by Saidu Adamu/Maharazu Ahmed

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