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Ilorin, March 12, 2019 Mr Bisi Oyewole, the Director of Kwara Art and Culture in Ilorin, has advocated for teaching of children in elementary classes in native languages for the preservation of such languages.

Oyewole told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ilorin that teaching children in elementary classes in English language was a defeat of the essence of education.

“We as Nigerians are deceiving ourselves and a lot of educational institutions are also deceiving themselves.

“If you go to pre-primary schools, you see kids being taught in English, it a total defeat of a whole essence of education and culture.

“So, government must wake up to its responsibility that we must preserve our culture and tradition because there is no culture without language.

“The dignity of a human being is embedded in the totality of his identity and culture and as Nigerians we are losing that dignity.

“Most Nigerians now want to be like whites, you see kids sagging and they don’t even speak their language.

“I am absolutely in support of schools redirecting themselves to the reality of using our languages in schools,’’ he said.

The director advised parents to desist from speaking English language to their children at home.

“The parents too should stop speaking foreign languages to their children because charity begins at home.

“A parent, who knows the importance of his language, will not send his children to schools where they speak English in elementary school.

“So, we need to bring ourselves back,’’ Oyewole said.

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Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response –WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says expertise in polio eradication that has put Africa on the verge of being certified free of wild poliovirus has been brought to the frontlines of COVID-19 fight.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo disclosed this in a statement posted on its website and also on its twitter handle on Friday.

“À network of responders from WHO Polio Eradication Programme and partner organisations is providing critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While testing is the core of any strategy to contain the virus, the region has had a relatively low number of tests performed.

“Since the outbreak started, nearly two million tests have been carried out in the WHO African Region, with an average test rate of 15.3 per 10 000 population.

“To boost diagnosis, the WHO-coordinated polio laboratory network comprising 16 laboratories in 15 countries is now dedicating 50 per cent of its capacity to COVID-19 testing.

“Hundreds of tests are carried out every day using polio testing machines in Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.’’

The statement quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, as saying: “in Africa, no one has the footprint of the polio programme nor the expertise for mounting effective response campaigns.

So with COVID-19 threatening to overwhelm health systems, the extensive polio response network is once again lending crucial support as countries build up systems to contain COVID-19,’’ she said.

Contact tracing has been a central pillar of the WHO polio programme’s support to the COVID-19 response.

Mobile phone applications originally developed for health workers to use in polio outbreak response and disease surveillance have been adapted by WHO to be used against COVID-19.

In Zimbabwe, for example, over 100 disease surveillance officers are using these tools for case investigations and contact tracing in many provinces where COVID-19 has been confirmed.

In addition, WHO Geographic Information System (GIS) centre in Brazzaville is using its huge experience in outbreak response and disease surveillance to support countries with a range of GIS and software technology and manual solutions to respond to COVID-19.

The GIS team is now working around the clock supporting countries to take up the technology for COVID-19 response.

More than 2,000 polio response experts from WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, as well as STOP consultants from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supporting the COVID-19 response in the African Region.

A quarter of WHO polio staff are dedicating more than 80 per cent of their time towards COVID-19 efforts, with 65 per cent anticipating a commitment of six months or more.

Alongside the support to the COVID-19 response, WHO polio staff are also maintaining critical functions and planning to resume mass polio immunisation campaigns once the situation permits.

The statement further quoted Moeti as saying: “It is important that the support to COVID-19 response does not jeopardize the progress made in stopping all forms of polio transmission in the region.

“The fight against the pandemic should not come at the detriment of other health emergencies.’’

Across the continent, COVID-19 has disrupted mass polio vaccination campaigns in line with the global physical distancing recommendations that limit COVID-19 transmission.

The suspension of high-quality immunisation rounds may risk new polio outbreaks due to low coverage.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Make Lagos more natural, greening, Expert urges Govt, corporate bodies

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Prof. Babajide Alo, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), has called on Lagos State Government, corporate bodies and individuals to embrace greening as a way of improving the health and wellbeing of the citizenry.

Alo made the call on Friday in Lagos, at a Virtual conference organised by the University of Lagos Green Club to commemorate the World Environment Day 2020 (WED).

He also urged the state government to return and improve on the parks and garden beautification era to provide and make the state more natural and greening.

The topic of the conference was: “Nurturing Nature Between the Town and Gown.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Environment Day was observed annually on June 5.

It stresses on the importance of active participation in environment conservation and sustainable living.

The theme was: “Celebrate Biodiversity.”

Alo said that greening has a great impact on the health of citizens and the environment, by reducing the emission of carbon dioxide.

He said biodiversity was important to man as an ecological life support, providing functioning ecosystem that supply oxygen, clean air, water and other ecosystem services.

The expert, however, noted that biodiversity was under threat due to human activities.

“Universities have opened up more to the external world, and have given much attention to the diffusion and economic exploitation of their research.

“There is need to focus more on making the gown assist the town, our communities to conserve nature to protect biodiversity,” he said.

Alo said biodiversity and the ecosystem loss had generated tremendous concern globally, as the extinction of plants and animal species were decreasing earth’s biodiversity, thereby depriving humans of potential resources such as food, medicine and enjoyment of nature.

He identified global trade in wildlife and global shipping as issues affecting and destroying nature and biodiversity.

Alo said with the COVID-19 experience, there was need for action for nature.

“The outbreak and experience of Coronavirus disease has left a significant environmental and health impact in the world.

“The pandemic is teaching us to take biodiversity conservation and protection seriously, and it reminds us that biodiversity degration leads to destruction of Mother Earth and planet gets impacted.

“Hence, this pandemic must, therefore, be teaching us a lesson that it is time to re-build for people and the planet,” he said.

Alo called on the universities to develop systematic environmental and biodiversity data collection for improved management and application.

He said: “Universities can join in the vanguard to reverse the degration; we must encourage all experts in biodiversity.

“We must fund them and make our curricula to have compulsory courses in biodiversity conservation and protection.

“Universities should make our teaching and research at all levels incorporate nature studies, inclusion of studies and text on biodiversity conservation into the national primary and secondary education as stipulated in the 2015 National Implementation document.”


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Interview: CABI expert sees “strong commitment” in ecological conservation in China

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China, with its “strong commitment” in ecological conservation, has achieved some “remarkable outcomes” in its long-term national strategy for promoting sustainable development, an expert from Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) said.

“We applaud the Chinese government for its strong commitment and increasing investment in ecological conservation in recent years,” Dr Hariet L. Hinz told Xinhua in an interview ahead of World Environment Day, a UN campaign celebrated every year on June 5 to raise awareness about the protection of the environment.

China has highlighted ecological civilization as a long-term national strategy for promoting sustainable development, aiming at achieving harmony between people and nature, and by pursuing green development and guiding the transformation of production methods and lifestyle of the entire society,” said Dr Hinz, co-director of China MARA (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs)-CABI European Joint Laboratory.

China‘s immense efforts in fighting pollution, restoring forest land and protecting wildlife are commendable,” said Dr Hinz, who is also the country director of CABI Switzerland.

To conserve the environment, China has adopted measures including massive tree-planting and coral restoration campaigns, clamping down on illegal wastewater discharge, treating polluted rivers and launching public education activities.

“Some of China‘s national ecological sustainability and protected area programs are among the world‘s largest, and they together have achieved remarkable outcomes,” said Dr Hinz.

“What other developing countries can learn is that to make these programs succeed requires strong political will and foresight to balance economic development with environment protection, the development of a sound policy and legislation framework, substantial financial commitment, mindset change, and public education and awareness-raising etc,” said Dr Hinz.

Dr Hinz also believes that international collaboration is “of paramount importance” to the development of greener agriculture in China and beyond.

CABI, headquartered in Britain, is an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

With a close partnership for over 30 years, China and CABI have achieved outstanding results through the establishment of joint laboratories in China and Switzerland and implementation of many joint research and development cooperation projects.

“In addition to those projects benefiting China directly, the joint labs have also assisted in introducing China‘s green plant protection products/techniques to developing countries under the umbrella of South-South cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative,” Dr Hinz said.

Many of these programs have helped pave the way for more sustainable crop production, as well as establishing a better environment and healthier lives for the farm households in the target region, according to Dr Hinz.

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Roundup: Experts root for deepening South-South cooperation in fight against COVID-19

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Developing countries in Africa and beyond should strengthen partnership and solidarity under the South-South Cooperation modality to jointly address common socio-economic impacts imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, experts argued.

Costantinos Bt. Costantinos, who served as an economic advisor to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), told Xinhua on Friday that the South-South cooperation platform as a viable way to deepen technical and financial cooperation among developing countries in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South-South cooperation refers to the technical cooperation among developing countries in the Global South. It is a tool used by the states, international organisations, academics, civil society and the private sector to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and successful initiatives in specific areas,” the scholar said.

Noting Africa in particular accounting for a small fraction of the infections globally, Costantinos stressed that “African countries have taken a disproportionate hit due to plummeting oil and commodity prices and weaker currencies, which ramp-up external debt servicing costs.”

As the COVID-19 hits countries under the global south, the South-South cooperation platform can help collaborate and share knowledge, skills and successful initiatives in specific areas such as agricultural development, human rights, urbanization, health, and climate change,” Costantinos said.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Antonio Pedro, Director of the UNECA’s Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, also stressed that the global community, mainly countries in the developing world, should strengthen solidarity in order to effectively contend the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe as well as to build back better after the coronavirus pandemic.

Pedro mainly underscored the South-South collaboration scheme as an important global partnership platform in addressing the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular emphasis given to addressing the negative impacts of the pandemic on the socioeconomic and healthcare aspects of the African continent.

The South-South collaboration, as part of the global partnership, is important to address this pandemic, especially in the context of Africa because of the vulnerabilities exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis,” Pedro said.

The ECA director also stressed that the global solidarity against the COVID-19 “goes beyond the short term imperative of curing people that have been affected and ensuring that people don’t infected, but also building back better.”

Costantinos, also professor of public policy at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, mainly singled out China as an important player in propelling global partnership and solidarity under the South-South cooperation platform, as he emphasized the Chinese engagement in propelling the development of countries in the Global South.

China is at a historical crossroads today when it comes to the economic recovery and global health with the United States withdrawing from most global development and security initiatives,” Costantinos told Xinhua.

The scholar emphasized China‘s role in in improving economic governance and curtailing corruption in the Global South and addressing the impact of climate change adaptation in the global south, among others.

Pedro, who emphasized the crucial imperative of deepening global solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, also singled out China as a major player in propelling the much-needed global partnership and collaboration towards combating the virus.

“We see the Chinese engagement and the support that it is providing to African governments and to the African Union in terms of access to medical supplies, masks and other things as part of the global solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the ECA Director told Xinhua.

“We very much look forward to see more and more countries to emulate the Chinese example because it’s only through global partnerships, with collaboration, and with supporting each other that we will be able to combat this virus,” he affirmed.

According to a recent United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report entitled “South-South Cooperation at the time of COVID-19: Building Solidarity Among Developing Countries,” for many developing countries, where up to 90 percent of the workforce engages in informal activity and lockdown is a difficult proposition, the first effects of the crisis came through economic contagion before the health shock.

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Expert urges journalists to embrace data journalism

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A Leader, Centre for Open Data Research, Dr Patrick Enaholo, has urged Nigerian journalists to embrace Data Journalism to enhance their reporting, particularly on issues like health, nutrition and wellness reports.

Enaholo made the call at an online programme tagged: “Advancing Nutrition, Health and Wellness through the Media’, organised by Nestlé Nigeria Plc, in collaboration with the Lagos Business School.

He described data as well reasearched and objective facts based on reality, which could be in form of numbers, words or letters.

According to him, embracing Data Journalism is the way to go and the way to remain relevant in the industry.

“These days, stories are not just about the text or words, but also about data and visuals.

“This can keep the readers hooked to your news story.

“Journalists need to invest time and resources to equipping themselves with hands-on data journalism skills.

“Learning these skills will start you on the path to adding that extra punch to your news story by teaching you how to create data visualisations using available tools such as Google spread sheet, Excel, charts, infographics among others,” he said.

Enaholo, who also works at the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, said such knowledge would help journalists to understand how to find, interpret and analyse data to tell a news story in a clear, simple, compelling and appealing way.

He, however, urged media organisations to also embrace data visualisation in their reports to tell deep an insightful stories and for easy understanding by readers.


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World Environment Day: Expert calls for actions in biodiversity protection

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An environmental activist, Mr Emmanuel Emechete, says there is the need  for more proactive actions in biodiversity protection in the country.

Emechete made the assertion  in  an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos,  in commemoration of the 2020 World Environment Day (WED).

NAN reports that WED is aimed by the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and actions to protect the environment.

It is celebrated every June 5.

 

The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Biodiversity: Time for Nature“.

 

Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water.

According to him,  biodiversity is a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world.

He added that about one million plant and animal species risked extinction largely due to human activities.

The expert called on Nigerians to take biodiversity serious and stop seeing nature only as a source of foods, raw materials and extra income.

”We need to do more about biodiversity as a country; we must take definite and proactive actions in protecting our environment and wildlife.

”We do not understand the importance of protecting species of animals and plants. All we think about is what is good for food or can bring in income. This ought not to be so.

”What we basically perceive nature for in Nigeria is food, medicine and basic source of raw materials.

”We fell trees without replanting  and poach wildlife without a thought of the specie going into extinction. We basically do not take enough actions to protect biodiversity,” he told NAN.

Emechete, who also called for the enforcement of policies to protect the environment and nature, said that more actions toward protecting the environment would be to the benefit of all.

”We need to do something significant in terms of actionable plans to protect nature  and the environment from our end.

”We have not done any significant work in biodiversity in Nigeria. I am not talking of paperwork and reports,  but meaning practical actions.

”We have a few polices against tree felling, but the question is: Are they being implemented?

”Sometimes some forest guards  even take bribes to allow people to  fell trees,” he said.


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Post-COVID-19: Experts call for review of Bilateral Air Services Agreement

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Some aviation experts have called for an immediate review of Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to create an enabling business environment for airlines.

They made the call at the third edition of the aviation webinar organised by a law firm, AELEX partners, on Friday in Lagos.

Mr Nick Fadugba, the Chairman of African Business Aviation Association (AFBAA), said the multiple entry points and the frequencies of foreign airlines had been a disadvantage to Nigerian airlines as opposed to the advantages the agreement was supposed to present.

“At the time the bilateral agreement was made, Nigerian airlines in play at the time were relatively new, and now to ensure the growth of the airlines, there’s a need to review the agreement to properly incorporate the airlines as the agreements do not favour the average Nigerian carrier.

“The  multiple entry points have diluted the domestic market for the carriers,” he said.

Fadugba noted that there was need to overhaul the current business plans of the airlines with emphasis on unit cost, load factor and yield.

He said that for the airlines to rise above the current situation, there should be cooperation among airlines through joint training, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), spares pooling, joint operation, interlining and code-sharing.

Another panelist at the webinar, Ms Iyabo Sosina, an international aviation expert and former Secretary General of African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), stated that the future of air transport in Nigeria was bright inspite of all the challenges at play now.

Sosina advocated the need for rebuilding and repositioning of the industry.

According to her, there is a need to focus on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) without unnecessary political interference with the authority.

She, however,  advised that airlines in Nigeria should be reduced to about four, adding that these airlines must be able to boast of between 10 and 20 aircraft each.

Sosina also noted that more than ever before, there was a need for airlines to initiate collaborative ways of doing business as mergers could not be forced.

This, she said, would make the industry stronger to be able to compete on not just the domestic level but also on the regional and international scenes.

Also speaking, Dr John Arthur of Ghana Airport Company, said  that airports need to start afresh by collaborating with each other and aviation stakeholders.

Arthur advised that African countries should come together to share expertise in order to make the aviation industry viable.

He also noted that countries should look at investing in non-aeronautical inclusions such as building malls in the airports.

Sindy Foster, the Principal Managing Partner at Avaero Capital Partners, stated that the Nigerian aviation industry had been in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Foster, the lack of capitalisation and the low propensity of Nigerians to fly has been a major issue.

“There is need to look into the factors frustrating the airlines business, one of which is the ticket prices. Multiple taxations should be removed to encourage airlines growth,” Foster said.

Foster, however, disagreed with the Nigerian government over social distancing on flights by reducing load factor to between 50 and 70 per cent.

She said the airlines were already in a dire situation when they were operating at full capacity and asking them to reduce the load capacity was another way of putting down airlines striving to get back on their feet post COVID-19.

The Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Operations at International Air Transport Association (IATA), Ms Adefunke Adeyemi, said the airline industry in Africa had experienced a revenue loss of about 6 billion dollars and flights were down by 94 per cent at the end of April.

Adeyemi  stated that inspite of government implementing significant relief measures across the globe, there was need to do more.

According to her , IATA has advocated financial support for Africa from various organisations like UNWTO, World Travel and Tourism Council and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

Adeyemi, however, advised that in order to restart the aviation sector, it was necessary to restore public confidence in air travel, putting adequate health and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring aviation essentials to jump start economies.

In his contribution, Mr  Richard Gimblett, a Partner at Holamn Fenwick Willian, a UK-based law firm, while supporting the points made by other panelists, stated that governments across the world were devising measures to restart the aviation sector.

He said that the Nigerian government should not be left behind.

Gimblett advised that the government could restart the industry by providing direct financial support to passengers and cargo carriers, ensure relief on fees, charges and taxes, make forex available for technological innovations, while also engaging with the leasing and financial community.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Webinar panel of discussion was moderated by Theophilus Emuwa.

Emuwa, who is also the Managing Partner and Head of Tax at AELEX, said there was need for transparency in the management of funds for the aviation industry to grow.

NAN also reports that AELEX is a full service commercial law firm.  

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Post-COVID-19: Experts call for review of Bilateral Air Services Agreement

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Some aviation experts have called for an immediate review of Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), to create an enabling business environment for Nigerian airlines.

They made the call at the third edition of the aviation webinar, organised by AELEX partners and monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Webinar panel of discussion was moderated by Theophilus Emuwa.

Emuwa, who is a Managing Partner, Head of Tax at AELEX, said there was need for transparency in the management of funds for the aviation industry to grow.

Mr Nick Fadugba, the Chairman of African Business Aviation Association (AFBAA), said the multiple entry points and the frequencies of foreign airlines had been a disadvantage to the Nigerian airlines.

He said this is as opposed to the advantages the agreement was supposed to present.

“At the time the bilateral agreement was made, the Nigerian airlines in play at the time were relatively new.

“Now, to ensure the growth of the airlines, there’s a need to review the agreement to properly incorporate the airlines as the agreements do not favour the average Nigerian carrier.

“The multiple entry points have diluted the domestic market for the carriers,” he said.

Fadugba noted that there was a need to overhaul the current business plans of the airlines with emphasis on unit cost, load factor and yield.

He said that for the airlines to rise above the current situation, there should be cooperation, through joint training, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), spares pooling, joint operation, interlining and code-sharing.

Similarly, Ms Iyabo Sosina, an international aviation expert and former Secretary-General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), stated that the future of air transport in Nigeria was bright despite current challenges.

Sosina stressed on the need for rebuilding and repositioning of the industry.

According to her, there is a need to focus on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) without unnecessary political interference with the authority.

She, however, advised that airlines in the country should be reduced to not more than four, adding that these airlines must be able to boast of between 10 and 20 aircraft each.

Sosina also noted that more than ever before, there was a need for airlines to initiate collaborative ways of doing business as mergers could not be forced.

Also, Dr John Arthur, the Group Executive Finance, Ghana Airport Company, said that airports need to start afresh by collaborating with each other and aviation stakeholders.

Arthur advised that African countries should come together to share expertise in order to make the aviation industry viable.

On her part, Sindy Foster, the Principal Managing Partner at Avaero Capital Partners, said that the Nigerian aviation industry had been in crisis way before COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Foster, the lack of capitalisation and the low propensity of Nigerians to fly has been a major issue, which more than ever before, has become pertinent to address.

“There is need to look into the factors frustrating the airline business. One of which is the ticket prices. Multiple taxations should be removed to encourage airline growth,” she said.

Ms Adefunke Adeyemi, however, pointed out that the airline industry in Africa had experienced a revenue loss of about 6 billion Dollars and flights went down by 94 per cent at the end of April.

Adeyemi, who is the Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Operations at International Air Transport Association (IATA),  stated that despite government implementing significant relief measures across the globe, there was need to do more.

According to her, IATA has advocated financial support for Africa from various organisations like UNWTO, world travel and tourism council and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

While supporting the points made by other panelists, Mr  Richard Gimblett explained that governments across the world were devising measures to restart the aviation sector.

Gimblett, a Partner at Holamn Fenwick Willian, a UK-based law firm, said that the Nigerian government should not be left behind.

He said that the government could restart the industry by providing direct financial support to passengers and cargo carriers.

Gimblett added that the government should also ensure relief on fees, charges and taxes, make forex available for technological innovations, while also engaging with the leasing and financial community.  


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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World Environment Day: Experts harp on standard training centres for renewable energy   

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Renewable energy experts have identified the dearth of standard training service centers and high cost of training as hindrances to growth in the Nigerian renewable energy industry. 

Mr Happiness Osimahon, a sales solutions engineer and Mr Dewale Adewole, an engineer and project manager at Nexgen Energy and Allied Services made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Friday. 

The duo spoke on the theme of the 2020 World Environment Day: ‘Time for Nature’, geared toward the government’s commitment to the provision of essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development.

Osimahon said that if training centres were provided for those interested in renewable energy installations and maintenance engineers, it would boost the industry thus creating awareness on the safer energy options. 

 “The continuous use of fossil fuel generates e-waste and pollution. 

“There is a need to develop and build capacity for repairs and maintenance of solar inverter systems and other systems that encourage the use of renewable energy. 

“This is imperative to change the narrative and drive economic development across the country,” Osimahon said. 

He urged governments at all levels to encourage the use of renewable energy to power facilities through policy formulation and implementation. 

Similarly, Adewole said to enhance biodiversity conservation and safe earth, the government should focus on habitat restoration and set up protected areas. 

While species-specific action is sometimes necessary, more often than not, seeking to preserve and restore ecosystems is preferable. 

“The reason is that this helps maximise the overall benefit that healthy ecosystems can provide not only to our environment but also to our own health and wellbeing.

“Government must create and enforce policies that will help people to embrace the preservation of the earth such as reduction in mining activities that create threats to the ecosystem. 

“Also, enacting policies that will guide the activities of most oil and gas companies toward the protection of areas where their operations are being carried out is necessary,” Adewole said. 

He stressed the importance of people protecting the environment so that it could continue to serve humanity. 

He said that over 3,500 homes and businesses were being powered by the company’s customised solar and hybrid systems spurred by the need for a safe earth.

He said that deforestation, illegal felling of trees, and lack of will as well as funding to execute forest creation projects exposed the ecosystems to threats.

“These threats are capable of increasing the level of global warming, extinction of many species of organisms and imbalance in the ecosystem.

Nexgen Energy makes a clarion call to everyone on the importance of protecting our environment

“There is room to do more to protect our environment and keep it green by using energy efficient bulbs to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

“Use of green energy to manage power production, distribution and consumption at home or workplace,” he said.

Adewole urged Nigerians to conserve nature by reducing, reusing and recycling waste as well as volunteer for clean-up exercise in their communities.

He also advised people to conserve water as the less water used, the less runoff and wastewater that end up in the ocean and also people should not dispose of chemicals into waterways.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

 

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