Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP) on Thursday trained 45 community activists in Benue on the development of community climate risk register.
Mr David Michael-Terungwa, Team Leader for GIFSEP, gave the figure at the two-day training in Lafia.
He said that the training became necessary to enable communities to build adaptation plan to climate change.
According to him, the essence of the training is to enable activists get back to their communities and help in developing community climate risk register and risk mitigation strategies.
According to Michael-Terungwa, climate change register highlights climate risks that have the highest likelihood and potential to have significant impact on local communities.
“The community risk register is a disaster reduction tool which helps communities to prepare for some of the climate change impacts within the communities and come up with strategies on how to cope with some of these impacts.
“The good thing about this process is that the community is at the centre of it.
“Mitigation strategies are within their ability; the ones they cannot do, development partners and government can come in to assist,’’ he said.
He said that the training was part of awareness creation on climate change impacts as well as a way of empowering communities on how to adapt to climate changes within their environments.
“We are supporting communities here, and hoping that others can take a cue,’’ he said.
Mr Joseph Ibrahim, Project Officer for GIFSEP for the African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) Project, said that the training was in continuation of AACJ Project being implemented by GIFSEP with support from Oxfam.
The project officer said the objective of the workshop was to train 45 community activists to identify and develop climate registers in their communities to minimise disaster occurrences.
“We hope that subsequently the community will be able to use the tool to plan better to avoid disasters arising from climate change,’’ he said.
Dr Johnson Orfega, a lecturer at the Department of Geography, Benue State University, Makurdi, who is also a participant, praised the trainers.
He said that climate change affected every sphere of life “There is need to understand it to adapt mitigation strategies.
“What we have learnt will be passed to communities to help them to prepare in terms of adaptive capacity to respond to climate change risks,’’ he said.
In her presentation, Dr Elizabeth Jeiyol, Executive Director, Gender and Environmental Risks Reduction Initiative, called on communities and Benue Government to take steps to mitigate climate change effects.
Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change.
The CSOs, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands.
The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July, had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change.
Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act, which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law’s implementation, the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies.
The campaigners, who urged government to immediately implement the climate law, also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act. However, government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr. Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change.
Consequently, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act. Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi.
Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to review the bill.
Also Nnaemeka Oruh, National Coordinator, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Nigeria, lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter.
“I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society, the media, youth advocates, the international community especially the British High Commission, and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep. Sam Onuigbo, played a critical role in this.
“This is a win for Nigeria and an important step” he said.
Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI Nigeria), described the development as `a strong step in the right direction’.
Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation.
She said that “the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step.
“As an organisation, we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria’s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact.
“It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step,” she said.
Abdulhamid Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer, Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (GECCI), said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act “was very effective”.
He said: “We now know that the government is taking it seriously.
Therefore, with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council, we are still expecting for its urgent implementation.
“The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, women, youth, and people with disabilities.
“It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions, administer the newly established Climate Change Fund, mobilise resources to support climate actions, and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria’s NDC.
“The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions.
“The promotion and adoption of nature-based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged.
“The terms of the agency’s being given funds to start implementing work, and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides.
” Similarly, David Terungwa, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for.
He said: “While we commend the appointment of the Director General, it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary.
“Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General.
“Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C), as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021. The Act reaffirms the federal government’s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century (net zero target for 2050 to 2070).
Some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have expressed their commitment to support the government for the effective implementation of environmental challenges in the country.
The coalition engaged in a one-day Consultative Workshop on the “Nigerian Climate Change Law” in Abuja on Saturday.
Mr. David Terugwa, Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said the organizations were ready to partner with government to address climate change and other environmental challenges.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that organizations include, Nigerian Civil Society Framework on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs (NCSFPAS), GIFSEP, Climate and Sustainable Network (CSDeuNet).
In addition, Women's Environmental Programs (WEP), Gender and Environmental Initiative (GERI),
“For us, we are looking at those areas that we can go into and help and partner with the government.
“We are very happy with the government for taking the bold step of enacting the climate change bill.
“It is a bold step that will help combat climate change in Nigeria, so we are not just celebrating, we are here to look at the law itself and see how best to be a part of it.
“Also, how can we pass it on to state and local communities, since we know that most of the things are being done at the federal level.
“In the state, we believed that many people do not even know that climate change has become law, so we hope that the government of all other states can also domesticate the law as it should be.
“Climate change affects everyone, not just in Abuja, even in the state, so the need to domesticate the law as soon as possible is important.
“We know that our economy already has challenges affected, in one way or another, but to the extent that we are looking for the best ways to address them, the country may change.
"Yes, for Nigeria to reach net zero in 2060, it will be a process, it cannot happen all at once, it will take a while," he said.
Terugwa said the organizations advocate for climate justice globally, adding that it would enhance the implementation of environmental challenges in the country.
He added that the organization wants a resilience that will drastically change the economy, adding that farmers in most communities were suffering the impact of climate change.
"So by building resilience, huge opportunities will be enhanced and these climate crises can be effectively addressed."
Mr. Pius Oko, Project Leader, CSDeuNet, said that the objective of the workshop was to support the government and other stakeholders in the implementation of the law.
“We are here today to take a step forward. First of all, we want to highlight the issues that relate to the impact of climate change and have a tangible solution to these problems.
"The workshop is also to have an understanding of the Law that had already become law and serve as a framework that will channel the process," he said.
Ms Anne-Marie Abaogu, Executive Director of WEP, said the workshop was a stakeholder meeting to discuss some of the ways to address the impact of climate change and the way forward.
Abaogu said CSOs were prepared to develop a partnership that would implement a framework to reverse the nasty trend of climate change in the country.
The Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), an NGO, has urged traditional and religious leaders to come together to create effective awareness of the impact of climate change in the country.
Mr. David Terungwa, Executive Director of the NGO, made the call on a book launch and capacity building in schools on climate change on Thursday in Abuja.
The book, entitled “Understanding Climate Change, A Guide for Schools in Nigeria,” was written by Terungwa, in support of the organization's staff.
Terungwa said the organization selected about 13 government high schools in the FCT, to showcase hands-on activities, focusing on how to address environmental challenges.
He said the goal of capacity building was also to apply some practical actions on better ways to tackle climate change, which remained major environmental challenges in the country.
According to him, the most important thing is that our religious and traditional institutions must be committed to creating effective awareness about the impact of climate change in the country.
“You know that our people respect our traditional and religious leaders in the country so much, so imagine when they join hands and step up to speak on these issues, they will move forward to address the challenge.
“We need a lot of awareness because it is the only way that climate change problems can be solved, there is not much awareness that is enough, we have to continue to create more awareness in people in our own way.
“The aim of the school exhibition is to let the children know the impact of climate change, think of the best ways to solve the problems and then come up with their own ideas.
"So, we feel that through children, climate change and other environmental changes can be addressed, which is the main reason we decided to use them," he said.
Terumgwa said that what motivated the organization to publish the book was that young people were an important instrument in addressing climate change in the country.
He said the book focuses primarily on young people to enable them to apply climate change issues in their activities both in their various homes, schools and other places around them.
However, he called on other relevant stakeholders to support the government to create effective awareness on climate change, as well as to make more efforts to provide strategies to address other environmental problems in the country.
Ms. Ibironke Olubamise, National Coordinator, Global Environmental Facilities, (GEF) / Small Grants Program, said the purpose of the program was to empower students on the impact of climate change.
“The idea is that they are the leaders of tomorrow, so if they come up with the idea now, it will be easier for them to manage or tackle climate change even in the future to come.
Olubamise said the goal of launching the book was to make environmental issues part of the schools' curriculum, adding that the effort would help address environmental challenges.
In addition, Mr. Richard Nzekwu, a climate change specialist, who previewed the book, said that the government was creating many programs to address climate change, adding that the launch of the book would also support the government.
Nzekwu said the book was not made just to read, but to gain more knowledge that can be helpful in addressing climate change in the country.
"It is not just about reading the book, but about putting into action those things that could help mitigate the impact of climate change, the trees are also maintained."
Teacher Chidiebere Ajah from the government high school, Gwagwa, one of the students who presented a project on how human activities affect the environment, urged Nigerians to avoid such activities that could harm the environment.
Also speaking, Ms Amarachi Igwe from the government high school, Nyanya, urged the government to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders to effectively address environmental issues in the country.
By Vivian Emoni
The University of Abuja (UniAbuja) and Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), an NGO, are collaborating to create awareness about the impact of climate change and other environmental challenges in the country.
Prof. Shuaibu Hassan, Director, Center for Environmental Studies of the University, disclosed this at a press briefing and presentation of the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) report, in Abuja.
Hassan said that the aim of the meeting was to enlighten the public on the IPCC sixth assessment report and the need for Nigerians to be committed in ensuring a sustainable environment.
The director explained that IPCC was created to provide policy makers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.
According to him, we need to create awareness in the citizens that we are part of what is going on in the international community, as such we also need to work towards contributing to our quota, towards mitigating climate change.
He disclosed that the university Senate had just approved for the centre to run doctorate degrees in environmental management, to ensure that centre, by its efforts, played its role in addressing the environmental challenges in the country.
Hassan cited planting trees as part of the many solutions to global warming caused by too much greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
“The less trees we have, the more the greenhouse gases stay in the air, the more trees we have, the less greenhouse gas in the air, trees are a critical solution to climate change challenges.
“The NGO is willing to help the University of Abuja plant 1,000 trees before the end of 2021. It is part of tackling the environmental challenges in the country,’’ he said.
He called on Nigerians to do the needful, by managing resources wisely and refrain from indiscriminate dumping of waste in the environment, while also embarking on effective sensitisation on the impact of climate change and other environmental challenges in the country.
“Creating awareness in the public, especially those in vulnerable communities, who might not know the impact of climate change, is essential to let them know the dangers associated with cutting down trees and counsel those who engage in some of the activities affecting the environment negatively to stop such activities,’’ he said.
Mr David Terungwa, Executive Director of the NGO, said that the IPCC report had been tagged ‘code red’, a synonym for something capable of becoming a serious danger to humanity.
Terungwa said that his organisation decided to collaborate with the University, to enable experts to review the report and know its implications for Nigeria.
He called on the Ministry of Mines and Steel and Development to stop issuing coal mining licenses to illegal miners, adding that this was capable of increasing the country’s environmental challenges.
We should not go the way of coal, the ministry of mines and steel should stop issuing coal licenses to illegal miners, he said, adding that illegal coal mining was coming strong in the society and its environmental impact can be dangerous.
“As it is, the entire world is feeling it that the environment is not properly being taken care of, we demand climate justice, but this cannot happen without taking action ourselves.
“We call on the Federal, state and local governments to help with climate justice, by enlightening the citizens on the importance of climate change impact and ways to tackle the problem”, Terungwa said.
Stakeholders in Nigeria’s Environment sector on Friday called on the Federal Government to stop further issuance of coal mining licenses to mining companies.
Michael says that the essence of the meeting is in commemoration of 2020 International Day of Climate Action with the theme, “Cooperatives for Climate Action’’.
He says that Sept. 25 has been declared a Global Day of Climate Action to coincide with the UN Climate week.
Michael says that GIFSEP, Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (NCSFPAS) are all behind the call.
He recalls that a study commissioned by 350 organizations in 2019, about the status of coal mining in the country has shown that coal mining in Kogi, Benue and Gombe states has led to extensive environmental degradation.
According to Michael, the stakeholders are calling on the government to respect the provision of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and stop further issuance of coal mining licenses.
“The mining has led to the contamination of air, water and soil with severe effects on the health of local communities.
“The coal miners fingered in the study are Dangote Cement, ETA Zuma`s Zuma 828 Coal Ltd and Lafarge`s (Ashaka) Cement. More recently, Owukpa Consolidated Mines Ltd has entered into the fray.
“The mentioned companies, despite stating lofty green and environmental sustainability positions on their websites and investor documents including annual and sustainability reports, they continue with the practice.
“The companies have totally disregarded the health and livelihoods of local communities and effects of their activities on the global climate crisis,’’ he said.
Michael says the stakeholders demand that the Federal Ministry of Environment should carry out an environmental and social impact assessment on all the coal mining sites in the country.
He advocates that the Ministry of Mines and steel should urgently review all the community development agreements signed between the coal mining communities and mining companies.
“Government should accelerate the national plans to a rapid, just transition towards 100 per cent renewable energy for all Nigerians.
“Government should as well abide by their commitment to the Paris Agreement which requires phased reduction of greenhouse gases such as coal fired plants.
“All mining operations in the country undertaken by multinational companies should adhere to the UN guiding principle on business and human rights,’’ Michael said.
In her own address, Miss Ekele Ugwah, from CSDevNet, a civil organization, discloses that coal mining activities lead to extensive environmental degradation, water, air, and soil pollution.
Ugwah says that the activities have caused contamination of water and brought metals into the soil which is supposed to be used for agricultural production.
“This mining activity has led to adverse effects on the health and livelihood of the communities living in the three mentioned states,’’ Ugwah said.
She alleges that the companies engaged in the activities are benefiting greatly from the goodwill of the local communities yet, they refuse to comply with the community development agreements they entered with the communities.
Ugwah discloses that the agreements, when reviewed, show that they are heavily skewed against the local people.
Mr. Pius Oko, another stakeholder from CSDevNet says in his address that, the aim of Nigeria being a party to the Paris Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
Oko notes that the government has placed a high priority on utilizing coal to increase the county`s electricity generating capacity.
He says that recently the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development announced that it is collaborating with the Ministry of Power, and Ministry of Works and Housing, to increase power generation.
Oko recalls that the power generation is expected to include 30 per cent coal in its power mix.
According to him, Nigeria holds large coal deposits from the East to the North, estimated to be at least 2 billion metric tonnes.
“The Federal Government goals are to revitalize the coal mining industry and expand power generation by attracting companies to exploit these large coal deposits,’’ Oko said.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi
Stakeholders in the environment sector have kicked against the method adopted in coal mining activities, saying such mining and burning are responsible for global warming and climate change.
They spoke on Thursday at a training in Abuja for selected community stakeholders from Benue and Kogi where coal was currently being mined.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Owukpa Community, Ehaja Ward 1, Ogbadibo Local Government Area, Benue and Onupi Community in Ankpa Local Government area of Kogi, are parts of the communities currently mining coal.
Mr David Michael, the Executive Director, Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said coal mining had degraded the land, while its burning had negatively impact on the environment and climate change.
“We cannot continue to degrade the land more than we have done, and this is exactly what coal mining is doing.
“Apart from the mining which is destroying the land, burning of coal is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emission which is responsible for global warming and climate change.
“So, we, as a country and as a continent, Africa, we have seen the impact now; the effect is already here with us, and it is not something of the future,’’ Michael said.
According to him, the way forward is to take steps to help people build resilience to climate change effects which are already happening.
“Already, there is poverty and with these effects, it means that we are not able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“So, we must plant trees to at least reduce the effect of flooding. We must construct small dams to harvest water and reduce the rate at which water destroys the farmland.
“We need to farm better by advising people not to build their houses on flood plains; we need to create more awareness, most especially among the local farmers.
“They need to understand that this is a new trend, and it is not just going to stop now, it will continue,’’ he said.
The executive director recalled that since 2010 when the country witnessed flooding, the number of flood cases kept increasing.
“So, we need to find a way to deal with flooding. We also need to move away from rainfall agriculture.
“As it is, many of the farmers that planted cannot predict when the rain will fall, unlike before now.
“But, if you are able to harvest water and make use of the dam we have, you will have water available to plant when you want to plant and harvest when you want to harvest or you can even farm all year round,’’ Michael said.
Also, Chief Godwin Onoja, the Chief of Al-Agada-Owukpa in Ehaja Ward 1, Ogbadibo Local Government Area, Benue, has called on the Federal Government to ensure the effective implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the community where coal was being mined.
Onoja said relevant stakeholders of Owukpa Community where coal was being mined by an indigenous company had no input in the EIA.
In her remarks, Mrs Florence Abbah, a resident of Onupi Community, Ankpa Local Government, Kogi, decried the coal mining activities in her community.
Abbah said that mining had polluted the community’s water.
She called on the government to intervene and rescue the community.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Olagoke Olatoye
An NGO, Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), has enjoined Nigerians to plant more trees and establish home gardens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NGO’s Executive Director, Mr David Michael said in statement in Abuja on Friday that the practice would reduce the problem of food shortages and hunger during and after the pandemic.
Michael, who expressed concern over the rise in food insecurity during the current COVID-19 pandemic, added that the situation was likely to result in acute hunger.
“Therefore, GIFSEP is urging people to establish home gardens and plant tress to mitigate the impact of food shortages and hunger during and post-COVID19 pandemic to fight the hunger virus.
“This initiative is a livelihood enhancement activity aimed at creating a healthier, more food and a secure environment f or all.
“The palliatives from the government and other charity organisations are hardly enough for many of the vulnerable people.
“And it is usually lacking in vegetables and fruits that are required for nutritional security, especially for growing children,” he said.
According to him, the initiative will supplement household nutrition with a diversity of vegetables and plants during and post after the pandemic.
“Homestead gardening is a short and long term intervention to boast food and vegetable production in communities and households.
“The impact that homestead gardening can have for food security in communities is significant,” he said.
Edited /Grace Yussuf
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), on Thursday urged the Federal Government to carry out environmental audit of coal mining sites in the country.
Its Executive Director, Mr David Michael, gave this advice in a statement to newsmen in Abuja.
According to him, coal mining in some communities has led to extensive environmental degradation such as contamination of air, water and soil which continue to negatively affect the health of local communities.
He mentioned that Coal mining was currently being done in Maigaga community in Ako local government area of Gombe, Awo Apkali and Onupi communities in Ankpa LGA of Kogi.
Michael said also that the Federal Government should investigate and correct the human rights violations in coal mining communities in the country.
He said Federal Government needed to wade into the human rights violations in coal mining communities as Nigeria was one of the countries that made commitments against climate change.
“We would like to urge the Federal Ministry of Environment to immediately carry out an environmental audit of all the coal mining sites in Nigeria.
“Furthermore, we would like to urge the Federal Government to immediately investigate and correct the human rights violations in coal mining communities in Nigeria
“(This is) particularly in some communities such as Maigaga, Itobe, Onupi, Awo Akplokuta, Awo Ojuwo, Awo Ate, Ajobe Afeanyaka and Utala communities in Kogi, Benue and Gombe states,” he said.
Michael said that all mining operations especially those undertaken by multinational companies should adhere to the UN Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights.
“What has been witnessed in Kogi and Gombe states is that fossil fuel companies and large corporations when in need of natural resources, initiate talks with the local communities and consequently enter into agreements whose benefits are heavily skewed against the local people.
“These companies are benefiting greatly from the goodwill of the local communities and are not honouring the agreements entered into.
“There is an urgent need to review the Community Development Agreements signed between the coal mining communities and the companies,” he said.
Michael said Federal Government made commitments under the Paris Agreement, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which were reductions in greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“This was where all countries that signed the UNFCCC were asked to publish their commitments to fight climate change.
“In order to reduce carbon emissions, Nigeria should therefore ensure the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions starting with the phasing out of coal-fired plants.
“Nigeria being the largest economy in Africa should be a beacon for other African states by accelerating its national plans that would see a rapid, just transition towards 100 per cent renewable energy for all Nigerians,” he said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP) are planting 1000 trees in schools in the FCT to mark the World Earth Day.
Executive Director, GIFSEP, Mr David Terungwa, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, following the launch of the “Trees for Schools Campaign” at Government Science and Technical College.
Terungwa, said the campaign was aimed at enhancing awareness on the importance of environmental management among students.
“The initiative is about creating awareness on trees to students so that they know the importance, plant trees themselves and nurture them to maturity.
“We are launching the initiative and we plan to cover all the schools in the FCT; we are planting economic trees that have value so they would not be destroyed and altogether we have 1000 trees.
“We are planting trees in schools based in the space provided; here we are planting 50 trees.”
Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, UNDP National Coordinator, Global Environment Facility, Small Grants Programme told NAN that the organisation was supporting such projects with small grants.
“One of the ways we are promoting environmental management is through initiatives like these; it is the UNDP implementing the Global Environment Facility, Small Grants Programme that has thrown its weight behind this programme.
“The GEF small grants has supported more than 140 environmental projects in Nigeria and it is more than four million dollars we have spent in cash; the projects also bring counterpart funding.”
Olubamise added that the theme of the 2018 World Earth Day was apt in view of the dangers of plastic wastes to human health and the environment.
“We know that plastic is not biodegradable; it remains for years.
“Go to the beaches, on the streets, there are litters of plastic waste everywhere.
“When animals ingest these wastes, they end up on our tables; we do not need scientists to tell us that plastic waste is dangerous to our environment and health.”
She further reiterated the UNDP’s support for programmes aimed at the sustainability of the environment.
Earth Day, a day of political action and civic participation, is an annual global event promoting sustainable methods in environmental management.
Earth Day Network, the organisation that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen “End Plastic Pollution” as the theme for 2018.
Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf