The Ministry of Science and Technology says it will collaborate with E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation Nigeria (EPRON) to ensure effective waste management in the country.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this when the Executive Secretary of EPRON visited him in Abuja.
“We are determined to use technology to protect and secure our environment.
“There are agencies under the ministry, we have a research institute, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) could support a lot in electronics and engineering,” he said.
Onu commended the EPRON team on their involvement in science, saying that more Nigerians should be involved irrespective of gender.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of EPRON, Mrs Ibukun Faluyi, said the organisation was set up by electrical and electronic producers in Nigeria.
” It is the first Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) for electronic waste in Nigeria.
“We work with consumers and producers to ensure the safe management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) to protect our health and environment,” she said.
Faluyi said the stakeholders include accredited recyclers and collection centres, who implement incentives buyback recovery and recycling programme for consumers.
According to her, the organisation is seeking partnership with the ministry on effective waste management in the country.
Edited by Moses Solanke/Felix Ajide
At least 24 soldiers killed in attack in Mali, says Defence Ministry
No fewer than 24 soldiers were killed on Tuesday by armed attackers in Mali’s central area near Segou, the Defence Ministry said.
“Terrorists were behind the attack, the ministry said.
The deaths followed deadly clashes on Sunday that led to deaths on both sides, including 24 soldiers, while three were confirmed missing.
Meanwhile, the circumstances behind the attack were initially unclear.
Several armed groups are active in Mali and other countries in the Sahel region, with some having sworn allegiance to the Islamic State or al-Qaeda terrorist groups.
The groups are mainly active in northern Mali, but attacks are also increasingly occurring in the central area of the country.
Mali is the site of what is currently considered the world’s most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission.
UN troops began operating in Mali after the country’s north temporarily fell into the hands of Islamist and other rebel groups in 2012 until French troops intervened.
Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Obike Ukoh (NAN)
Members of Chinese medical team visit Palestinian Health Ministry’s Central Health Laboratories
Members of a Chinese medical team meet with Palestinian medical experts in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 14, 2020. A Chinese medical team arrived in Palestine on June 10 to help Palestinians fight against COVID-19. The 10-member team, sent by China‘s National Health Commission, consists of experts specialized in various medical fields including infectious diseases, virus examination and health management. The week-long visit until June 17 is aimed at enhancing bilateral relations in the health sector and the exchange of expertise in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)
NATO recognizes Ukraine as Enhanced Opportunities Partner
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Facebook on Friday.
Kuleba expressed gratitude to the alliance for the decision, adding that through cooperation, Ukraine and NATO will make each other stronger.
Ukraine is now one of six partners in Enhanced Opportunities Program along with Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden. Each partner has an individual relationship with NATO based on areas of mutual interest.
“This status is part of NATO’s Partnership Interoperability Initiative, which aims to maintain and deepen cooperation between Allies and partners that have made significant contributions to NATO-led operations and missions,” NATO’s press service stated on Friday.
NATO, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance.
Joining NATO is one of Ukraine’s foreign policy priorities.
Ukraine became a member of North Atlantic Cooperation Council in 1991 and a NATO partner for peace in 1994. In 1997, the Ukraine-NATO relations were strengthened with the signing of the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission.
In June 2017, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted legislation reinstating membership in NATO as a strategic foreign and security policy objective. On Feb. 7, 2019, Ukraine’s parliament backed amendments to the Constitution confirming Ukraine’s path toward NATO.
In January 2020, Ukraine officially applied for participation in the Enhanced Opportunities Program.
Environment Ministry to release 5m seedlings to NDA within 72 hours
The Federal Ministry of Environment has directed its Forestry Department to release five million seedlings of various species within 72 hours to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna.
Dr Muhammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment, gave the directive in a statement made available to newsmen by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, Director Press of the ministry on Thursday in Abuja.
Abubakar who received the NDA delegations led by Maj. Gen. Jamilu Sirham in his office, said the seedlings would be released to NDA within 72 hours.
He said this was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s target of planting 25 million trees in 2020, to mitigate the effects of climate change in the country.
“In line with Military protocols of immediate effect, I am directing the forestry department to commence the release of five million seedlings to the prestigious military academy within the next 72 hours,” he said.
Abubakar also assured the NDA that the ministry would partner and collaborate with it in the area of effective waste management, among others.
According to him, though, Nigeria is battling with Coronavirus, climate change is still far worse than COVID-19.
” Long after coronavirus might have gone, there will still be climate change issues.”
The minister said that the ministry has been taken very proactive measures in waste management, particularly recycling.
“With the concept of circular economy, we have, from the three Rs which are reduce, recycling and reuse, moved further into repair and recover.
“The economy has changed from the standard production, usage and disposal. We cannot afford that anymore as it is detrimental to climate action, environment and the country’s resource base.”
He said the task of decontaminating and disinfecting the NDA campus was the Ministry’s responsibility, and not something that the NDA management should ask or show appreciation for.
“I can assure you that from this moment, there will be a permanent partnership and collaboration between the Environment Ministry and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“We will do everything humanly possible to assist whenever you come to us. For you to undertake the greening of your environment shows that you are ambassadors of climate change action.”
Earlier, Sirham, disclosed that they came to thank the Minister and his team for disinfecting and decontaminating the NDA campus.
“The ministry’s kind gesture has boosted the morale of cadets, as they are now assured that the environment they are kept is safe.”
He said that as part of its desire to totally green its campus, the school management has mandated every cadet to plant at least 100 trees.
Shirham, also seek the Ministry’s collaboration to organise an international conference on security and environment, saying that cause of insurgency around Lake Chad region was due to deforestation and ‘badly’ degraded environment.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)