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The Federal Government has disclosed that a National Policy on Plastic Waste management will be enacted soon as part of the efforts to mitigate environmental pollution in Nigeria.

 
 
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Minster of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril has called on the Anambra State University to, as a matter of priority, establish a National Centre for Erosion Studies to address the alarming rate of flood and gully erosion devastating the state and other parts of the South-East. 
 
Jibril made the call at the weekend in Awka, the Anambra State capital, during his working visit to the state where he inspected some completed and on-going erosion-control projects being executed by his Ministry, the Nigeria Erosion & Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) and the Ecological Fund Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. 
 
Accompanied by the National Project Co-ordinator of NEWMAP, Salish Dahiru, the Minister expressed serious concern where in several locations, monstrous gully erosion had ravaged communities, resulting in lost of lives, devastated homes and severely dislocated socio-economic activities of the enterprising people of the state and some parts of the South East. He emphasized that such a situation must not be allowed to continue by a government at the centre that is committed to saving our eco-systems, lives and prosperity as well as enhancing the living conditions of the people. 
 
 
 
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Jibril disclosed that, "President Muhammadu Buhari is particularly concern about the environmental devastation in the South East brought about by flood and gully erosion, and has directed that all degraded land must be recovered for the good of the affected communities." According to him, it was in compliance with the Presidential directive that the federal government enhanced the activities of its three windows on erosion control in the country, namely, the Ecological Fund offfice in the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Environment and NEWMAP, to explore additional strategies of addressing all areas of concern. In addition, the Minister called for concerted efforts and synergy among various stakeholders such as Federal, States and Local governments , with emphasis on Town Planners and Structural Engineers, as well as Health, Land and Environment professionals together with the benefiting communities, to address the menace. While noting that the common problem in the State was gully erosion with a small land mass that is threatening the living condition of the people, Jibril stressed on the need for a sound land management to ensure that building codes are strictly adhered to. He expressed satisfaction with the work done at the Executive Business district where hitherto flood and erosion were threatening the existence of public buildings such as the Federal High Court, State Government establishments, roads and other structures, "I am very pleased to now see the positive transformation in this are. The degraded land has now been recovered and public buildings and facilities are now saved, with normal activities back in place, " the Minister added. (END) Saghir el Mohammed Director Press Federal Ministry of Environment
 

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The Federal Government has said that there is no going back on its cleanup initiative  in Ogoni Land ‎as all is now set to commence the full implementation of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) in the community.

Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril made this knownon Thursday‎ at the opening of a two-day retreat of the Ministry with the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP and its Consultants held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Minister who was represented by his Senior Technical Assistant, Dr Ishiyaku Mohammed reiterated government's commitment to the actualization of a friendly and habitable environment in the Niger Delta, stressing that “President Muhammadu Buhari is personally very concerned about the environmental degradation of the region and has already directed for a timely and effective clean-up of the Ogoni  land".
He explained that the planning stage for the clean-up of Ogoniland was consistent with the recommendations of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Report and it is now time for the full remediation of the land and other deliverables contained in the report. According to him, the Federal Government was conscious of the anxiety of the Ogoni people over the perceived delay in the clean-up of  their communities and assured that the much awaited next phase of the project which the people have been looking forward to is now ready for implementation.

He said this underscored the importance of the Retreat which is to harmonize the workplan of the Units and that of the Consultants so as to have an energized HYPREP team built on mutual trust with a well defined line of communication. The retreat, he added, is to also create the platform for a seamless coordination of the implementation of the remediation projects already advertised and which are expected to commence around September 2018.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr Marvin Dekil in his remarks called on the Consultants which are the Project Management Consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant and Communication Consultant to see their roles as complementary and harmonize expertise to deliver on the mandate of the project.

Other highlights of the retreat include a paper presentation by the three consultants on their work plans followed by question and answer session. (END)

Saghir el Mohammed
Director Press
Federal Ministry of Environment

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HYPREP: KHANA L.G.A BENEFITS FROM FG's FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH IN OGONI
 
Communities in Khana Local Government Area (LGA) of Ogoniland at the weekend, had reasons to smile as the Federal Government flagged off the second phase of its free medical outreach as part of activities put in place for the implementation of the United Nations Environment Report (UNEP) on Ogoniland
 
Speaking at the Flag-off Ceremony at the weekend,  the Project Coordinator of Hydrocarbon Pollotion Remediation Project (HYPREP), Dr. Marvin Dekil, said the overwhelming success of the first phase of the outreach programme held in Bori, Kana LGA on 26th December, 2017 "got the attention of President Mohammadu Buhari who was touched by the poor living conditions of the Ogoni people due to the degradation of their environment by oil exploration, and therefore graciously approved another round of the medical intervention to reach more people."
 
He said that as a result of the intervention, many who for years had agonized under painful but treatable medical conditions because of limited access to health facilities or lack of the financial wherewithal to treat such conditions, were attended to. In this regard, he reiterated that the Federal Government remained committed towards the full implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland.
 
Dr. Dekil further emphasized the importance of the second edition of the HYPREP Health Outreach Programme explaining that it precedes the remediation of impacted sites.  "Presently, the publication for invitation for pre-qualification of contractors for remediation of hydrocarbon impacted sites in Ogoniland is in some national and international dailies. The exercise will be the culmination of all the processes we have put in place right from the inception of the Project Coordination Office in March, 2017", he stated. 
 
He further assured that "the remediation of Ogoniland will be done only by experienced and best hands locally and internationally so as to achieve the desired results of restoring the environment back to an acceptable standard". 
 
Dekil equally informed that while the medical outreach is going on, plans were underway for the provision of potable water through the reconstruction of existing water facilities in the land and the construction of new ones to fill the supply gaps in the communities. 
 
This he explained were part of deliberate efforts by the Federal Government to implement another key recommendation of the UNEP Report which is the restoration of livelihoods in impacted communities whose sources of living were affected by hydrocarbon pollution. 
 
"We will in the coming weeks launch the HYPREP Livelihoods Intervention Programme to give new sets of skills to Ogoni women and youths to enable them create wealth for themselves, their families and their communities", Dr. Dekil stated.
 
The HYPREP Coordinator therefore urged the benefiting communities to give their usual cooperation and understanding to enable the Project team deliver on its mandate, adding that the project belonged to the communities and they should avail themselves and their neighbors of the emanating benefits. (END)
 
Saghir el Mohammed
Director Press
Federal Ministry of Environment

 

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The Minister of Environment, Malam Ibrahim Jibril, on Friday called on wood and allied dealers to protect the wild flora and fauna in the country, for a sustainable environment.

Jibril made the call during the Two-Day Interactive Workshop for Sensitisation and Awareness Creation On Wood Export Procedure and CITES Implementation In Nigeria in Lagos.

He said that wild flora and fauna were renewable natural resources endowment of every society and they provide sustenance of livelihoods at various levels of economic development.

The Minister said that forests and forest resources contributed significantly to the economic development of advanced countries like the US, Canada and Finland.

According to him, in developing countries like Nigeria, they underpin people’s livelihoods and economic development in areas such as furniture, construction, housing, food security, medicare and environmental services.

“Illegal trade on wild flora and fauna resources must, therefore, be stopped.

“It threatens the environment, deprives communities of their livelihoods, decreases revenues for governments, for businesses and increases the probability of conflicts and insecurity, in addition to jeopardising the survival of species.

“Government is aware of these socio-economic aspects of forest operations, particularly in creating rural employment, generating income, support livelihoods and enhance poverty reduction.

“These socio-economic aspects of forest operations are all in line with the Economic Growth Recovery Plan (EGPR), seeking for benefits from various ways of economic diversification from non-oil exports.

“Government is also aware of the results of large trade volumes between nations and the effects on the economy,’’ he said.

Jibril said that the consumption of flora and fauna products and services were expected to be compatible with economic development, social benefits and environmental sustainability.

He said that one of the most pressing issues, therefore, was ensuring a balance between both ends.

According to him, sustainable utilisation of these resources calls for monitoring of market and trade patterns.

“It also calls for ensuring compliance with regulations, standards, procedures and process for access and ensuring the rights of generations yet unborn to the enjoyment of same, as secured,’’ he said.

The Minister said that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was an international treaty to control, and regulate the use of species of plants and animals that were threatened, endangered or are at the verge of being extinct.

He said that the convention was domesticated in Nigeria through the National Wildlife Protection Act 2016, which sought to protect specific flora and fauna species that were indigenous to the country from going extinct.

According to him, under these two regulations, the plants and animals and their derivatives, listed under Schedule/Appendix l, are not to be traded at international markets.

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“Government has identified low level of sensitisation and awareness creation as one of the factors responsible for non-compliance with standards in trade in timber and species of wildlife.

“The sad incidence where a colony of chimpanzees was killed by local hunters in delta state recently is evidence of ignorance and insufficient information on the need to protect our endangered species.

“This particular animal is an endangered specie that is protected both by international and national regulations.

“Chimpanzees as we all know have some common features with man and lots of research results from them are useful in the treatment of many ailments in man. We surely need these animals to support our survival.

“The same goes for trees such as timber species that are becoming extinct like Iroko, Apa, Mahogany, Obeche, Ebony, Mansonia Rhizophora. These are not permitted to be traded at the international market.

“Government, in conjunction with stakeholders and various NGOs, will continue to intensify campaign and sensitisation on the status of these plants and animals and the regulations guiding their conservation and protection from ignorant hunters and predators,’’ he said.

Jibril also said that actionable strategies to address issues of deforestation and forest degradation in the country had received the approval of the Federal Executive Council.

He said that efforts were ongoing toward the establishment of a National Forestry Trust Fund, among others, to advance forest development for both production and protective purposes.

The Director of Forestry, in the ministry, Mr Michael Osakuade, said that in the last two years, the ministry had continuously engaged, collaborated and dialogued with major players in the wood export business.

Osakuade said that the players were represented by the Processed Wood Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (PROWPMAN), Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria (TWEAN) and the enforcement agencies in the various aspects of the wood export and have evolved actionable strategies to address deforestation.

He said that the basic reason for the effort was to ensure sustainable use and legal trade in wood and other forest products.

According to him, the workshop was strategically designed to create awareness and increase understanding of the need for compliance with established standards, regulations and procedures for sustainable and labour trade.

“It focuses on the need to ensure that stakeholders in the wood and allied product trade are kept abreast of the regulations guiding the trade.

“We have the responsibility of balancing the environment. From tomorrow, if you are exporting Mahogany, Obeche and Rhizophora, you are a criminal and we will treat you as one.

“However, this species of wood can be traded locally, but not outside the country,’’ he added.

Source: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2018/02/23/minister-tasks-wood-dealers-environmental-protection/

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