LAWMA engages 20 physically challenged persons as sweepers



The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) said on Wednesday that it had engaged the services of 20 challenged persons as sweepers of pedestrian bridges across the state.

The Asst. Director, Public Affairs of LAWMA, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, disclosed this in a statement made available to the newsmen in Lagos.

Kadiri quoted the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, as saying that the authority had stepped up its drive to rid the state of waste and it had become necessary to engage all stakeholders, including physically challenged persons.

“The cleanliness of the Lagos State is a collective responsibility. We need all hands to be on deck to help us realise our vision of building a cleaner city we all will be proud of.

” That is why we have decided to engage these special sweepers to play their own part in achieving this,” he said.

Gbadegesin pointed out that LAWMA had engaged the services of the physically challenged sweepers, instead of leaving them to beg on the streets.

He explained that they would be assigned to clean various pedestrian bridges in the state.

” We have mapped out pedestrian bridges where they will be operating such as Ojota New Bridge, Alausa Secretariat Bridge, Ikeja Along Bridge, CMS Bridge, Palm Groove bridge, Oshodi Oke bridge, Anthony Bus Stop and others.

” They will ensure that these locations are always cleaned up during the day.

“A total of  20 physical challenged persons have been employed by the authority, with plans to scale it up,” Gbadegesin said.

He urged the sweepers to contribute their own quota towards ensuring environmental sustainability in the state.

Gbadegesin implored residents to support the efforts of government at restoring environmental dignity, adding that the authority would not rest on its oars until effective sanitation was entrenched in every part of the metropolis.

He, however, pleaded with Lagos residents to call LAWMA toll-free lines and 617 for complaints and enquiries.


Edited by Felix Ajide


FG’ll continue to support global efforts to address climate change – Minister



Minister of Environment Dr Mahmood Abubakar said on Friday in Abuja that Nigeria would continue to play significant role in global efforts at addressing climate change.

Abubakar made this known in a statement issued by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, the Director Press in the ministry.

According to the minister said this while addressing a Ministerial High-Level Segment at the climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain.

He said it had become obvious that the challenges of climate change were enormous even though Nigeria was already engaged in sustainable joint and collaborative efforts toward tackling the problems.

He quoted the minister as saying that Nigeria was facing social, economic, and environmental consequences of climate change due to its dependence on climate-sensitive resources.

“Climate change impacts are already threatening the survival and livelihoods of our people.

“The devastating loss of range and croplands to desertification each year in the northern part of Nigeria, loss of forest cover, and sea-level rise in the coastline are stark reminders of our vulnerability to climate change,” he said.

The minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari had put in place advanced policies and initiatives aimed at mitigating significant challenges occasioned by climate change.

According to him, some of the initiatives are, reviving the Lake Chad, increasing forest cover, deploying smart renewable energy solutions, as well as halting and reversing desertification.

Others include land degradation, flooding, ocean surge, gender mainstreaming and the engagement of youths in climate governance.

“Nigeria has embraced issuances of Green Bond to raise finance for the implementation of a green project, which has helped the government to fundamentally reorient its financial flows within the economy through the federal budget and capital market.

“It is hoped that the issuance of the third Sovereign Green Bond recently launched will triple Nigeria’s Green House Gas (GHG) emission reductions, stimulate more economic growth, and catalyse investment in social programmes,” the minister said.

Abubakar reiterated the unwavering commitment of Nigeria to fulfilling its obligation under the Paris Agreement and actualisation of goals of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

On expectations of Nigeria from the conference, he said that Nigeria had fully aligned itself with the call by the African Group of Climate Change Negotiators (AGN), an alliance of African member states.

The AGN represents the region in the international climate change negotiations with a common and unified voice.

The group often faces significant barriers to effective participation in climate change negotiations, which in part is due to a lack of strategic and technical assistance on complex negotiating issues tailored to the interests and priorities of Africa.

As a result, the ability of African countries to constructively contribute and influence the UNFCCC process is hindered.

The group, according to Abubakar, plans to take advantage of COP-25 currently ongoing in Madrid to expeditiously and as a matter of priority, conclude negotiations on the special needs and circumstances of Africa.

He stated that Nigeria expects to see the conclusion of the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage as well as the agreement on Article 6 on market mechanism.

He added that Nigeria would expect full implementation of a long-term climate agenda, mobilisation of 100 billion dollars by 2020, and refining of the technical aspects of the transparency framework.

The minister also said that it was Nigeria’s expectation to see capacity building, adaptation and decision on Gender Action Plans, as well as the adoption of quick resolutions, amongst other things, at the end of the conference.

“Nigeria also wishes that all outstanding issues pertaining to the Paris Agreement Rulebook carried over from COP24 would be operationalised and strengthened to ensure a sustainable future for our people and planet.”

Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim


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National Park Service in forefront of climate change mitigation- Conservator-General



Dr Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General, National Park Service has said the service was in the forefront of climate change mitigation, drought and desertification in the country

Goni Said this when the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirate(UAE) to Nigeria , Dr Fahad Al Taffaq visited the National Park headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the service also played important role in tackling ravaging  impact of erosion and floods.

The world is running out of time to effectively tackle the climate crisis and we must therefore change course and step up our ambition in order to prevent the worst climate impacts.

Climate and nature are intricately linked, so we would not be able to solve the global loss of nature without solving the climate crisis.

In turn, when we restore nature, we create healthy ecosystems, which locks away more carbon and helps stabilise our climate.

“This is why we at the National Park have stepped up action, and will continue to step up plans, by bringing more actors to the table to save Nigeria from the imminent effects of climate change, ” he said

Goni said the action should not just be about policy making but required a total commitment by all.

He said bush burning was a major challenge to those in protected and free areas, and advised Nigerians to avoid lighting fires, especially during this season of harmattan to avoid wildfires.

He said the activities of hoodlums, kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers, illegal logging, water poisoning and mining had become a source of worry for the national park.

Goni, however, said a total of 607 suspects had been arrested between January and November 2019 for various offences.

He said sighting of endangered species such as chimpanzee, leopard, gorilla, elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, vulture, wild hog, gazelle wild dog, etc had become increasingly difficult in the nations national parks.

Goni said the UAE could help Nigeria in the area of reintroducing some of these endangered species back to the wild.

Al Taffaq said the purpose of the visit was to see how the UAE could collaborate with Nigeria  to reintroduce species that were extinct back to the wild in Nigeria.

He said UAE placed importance on wildlife and had reintroduced many species, which were being extinct back to the environment.

According to him, we have also identified certain habitats across the globe where those animals which were extinct are being reintroduced in some parts of the Sahara.

In Nigeria we can identify how we can execute several initiatives in various national parks and reserves and identify species that are extinct and we are looking forward to our collaboration to reintroduce them back to the wild.

That is the purpose of the visit. So we hope you get more ideas from everyone.

“”I believe the environment sector, especially wildlife is an important diamension in our relationship and it is something we can make the differences, he said

The Nigeria News Agency reports that high point of the event included a short video on how the UAE reintroduced the Oryx animal that was going extinct back to the wildlife in Chad and Tree planting by the Ambassador.( NAN)

Edited by: Okisor Angela/Felix Ajide

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Imo Assembly moves to recover undeveloped plots at Owerri Industial Layout



The Imo House of Assembly on Thursday adopted a motion for the recovery of undeveloped plots of land at the Owerri Industrial Layout.

The motion, entitled “Motion to recover vacant/unutilised lands at Owerri industrial layout held by private persons or companies,” was sponsored by Mr Paschal Okoli (Orlu PDP) and three others.

While moving the motion, Okoli said that the plots were allocated to individuals and companies with the aim of industrialising the state and creating jobs.

He regretted that since the plots were allocated over 35 years ago, some have remained fallow while some had been resold illegally by the original allottees.

The lawmaker urged the house to set up a committee to review and recover all illegally occcupied or underdeveloped plots at the layout so they could be reallocated to investors willing and capable to develop them.

He also urged the house to advise Gov. Emeka Ihedioha to seek private sector involvement to construct the roads leading to the estate with toll gates to help speed up the industrialisation of the area.

Supporting the motion, Mrs Ngozi Obiefule (Isu AA), said it was disheartening that a majority of the allocations had remained undeveloped 35 years after.

Also, Mr Sam Anukam (Owerri Municipal PDP), however, suggested that the matter be referred to the House Committee on Lands.

Following voice votes in favour of the motion, the Speaker of the House, Mr Chiji Collins (Isiala Mbano PDP), ruled that the motion be assigned to the House Committee on Lands for further action.

The committee was directed to report back to the house on December 19.

(Edited by: Sam Oditah)

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JICA trains over 3,000 Nigerians on various programmes in Japan



JICA trains over 3,000 Nigerians on various programmes in Japan

Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) has so far trained over 3,000 Nigerians on socio-economic development programmes in various sectors in Japan,  an official says.


Mr Sasaki Taigo, the Senior Representative of the agency, disclosed this at the end of a three-day workshop on Improved Rice Parboiling Technology and Awareness Creation on Paddy Grading Standard and Grading Manuals in Abuja.

Taigo said that the training was to support Nigerians to acquire more experience and knowledge to  promote development in the country.

He added also that the purpose of the programmes was to develop potential contributors to the next face of Africa’s industrialisation.

JICA is committed to support the government of Nigeria as well as Africa to promote development in various sectors and to ensure that such programmes are put into operation.

JICA implements Knowledge Co-Creation Programme (KCCP) training in Japan, whereby government officials both in Nigeria and Africa participate in such short to long-term trainings.

The aim of the training is to equip the participants on the country`s knowledge and experiences to enhance the nation`s capacity building and development.

So far, over 3,000 officials from Nigeria have participated in the training programmes. The agency trains about 100 Nigerians every year on various activities and programmes in Japan.

The participants were selected from various organisations across the country,’’ he said.

Taigo said that the objective of the training was to integrate Nigerians and Africans with effective skills and expertise in various fields of endeavour.

He said that JICA was an incorporate administrative agency in charge of administering Japan`s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

According to him, JICA is one of the largest bilateral aid agencies supporting socio-economic development in developing countries in Africa.

Since the agency`s establishment in 1974, JICA has supported the resolution of issues in developing countries through flexible combinations of various types of assistance,’’ he said.

Taigo, however, advised Nigerians who had participated in the training to ensure that they disseminated every information and knowledge acquired from the Japan`s experts to other people.

Edited by: Chukwudi Ekezie

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31 sentenced to 6 months imprisonment each for violating Oyo environmental law



An Ibadan Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday, sentenced 31 persons to six months imprisonment each for violating the Oyo State environmental law.

A statement issued in Ibadan by the state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Kehinde Ayoola, said that the violators were, however, given options of N12,500 bail each by the Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi.

He said that 21 of the offenders fulfilled their bail conditions, while 10 others, who failed to meet the conditions, were slammed with community services.

Ayoola said that the environmental law violators were arrested during the monitoring of the environmental sanitation exercise by government officials, led by Gov. Seyi Makinde, at Ojoo interchange.

Ayoola said that the violators were arrested by officers of the ministry at different locations for indiscriminate dumping of refuse at unauthorised places within Ibadan metropolis.

Thereafter, they were arraigned before a Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi, for contravening the Environmental Law of Oyo State.

The magistrate ruled that the offenders be imprisoned for six months or pay a fine of N12,500 each.

Twenty-one of the offenders fulfilled their bail terms, while 10 others, who failed to meet the terms, were slammed with community services,’’ the commissioner said.

He said that the arraignment was a further proof of government’s determination to reduce the menace of unlawful disposal of refuse to its barest minimum.

When we said we would fight this menace to a stop and put saboteurs to a halt, we meant business.

This is why the state government, under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde deployed its whole apparatus to enforce the law on environmental sanitation in the state.

The governor is so passionate about the cleanliness of the environment; this is why our officers will not hesitate to clampdown on all violators of environmental laws,” he said.

The commissioner urged members of the public to desist from unlawful disposal of refuse, as government had deployed its officers in strategic places to apprehend offenders.

In a related development, a middle-aged man, identified as Mutiu Odeniran, who was caught offloading his van full of refuse by the roadside, was fined N42,500 for violating the environmental laws of the state.

Odeniran, who was apprehended at the Molete axis of the state capital by the Environmental Health Officers on Wednesday last week, was arraigned before Magistrate Adetuyibi.

Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and
Related‘Wale Sadeeq

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