Mr Matthieu Seguin, the Managing Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd. (NBC) says the company’s plan to recover 100 per cent of its primary packaging for recycling by 2030 is in progress.
Seguin, in a statement issued on Friday on the 2022 NBC Stakeholders’ Forum in Lagos, said that the company’s clear climate action plans and initiatives had ensured that good progress be made toward making the vision a reality.
He, then, urged stakeholders in the manufacturing sector to embrace sustainable manufacturing across their operations as a tool to mitigate the impact of climate change in Nigeria.
Seguin said that NBC, a strategic bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company in Nigeria, recently unveiled a roadmap to renewable energy transition in the manufacturing operations.
”This move is coming on the heels of a series of steady investments made by the company toward sustainable manufacturing to achieve our set target of net zero emissions by the year 2040. ”This is in addition to our vision for a World Without Waste where we have committed to recover 100 per cent of our primary packaging for recycling by 2030. ”Our commitment to the environment is total.
However, we recognise that the goals we have set for ourselves are by no means easy.
”We, therefore, need all our stakeholders on board with us on this journey to make the desired change that will positively impact the environment and make a difference,” he said.
He said that the 2022 forum presented another opportunity for all stakeholders to jointly interrogate the theme: ”Combating Climate Change Through Resource Efficiency,” to co-creating sustainable solutions to the challenges of climate change.
Seguin said that the theme would allow for a deeper reflection of the endless possibilities that existed in combating climate change.
”It is my expectation that we will come out from this forum with strong recommendations and action points that will galvanise a collective action toward mitigating climate change through resource efficiency,” he said.
In his remark, the Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, commended the contributions of the company toward environmental sustainability, particularly its ambitious targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040. Abdullahi, who was represented by Dr Salisu Dahiru, Director General, National Council on Climate Change, said that the target was 10 years ahead of several others, including that of the Federal Government.
”For Nigeria, the target for net zero is to be achieved by 2060 and for NBC to come up with these ambitious targets means a lot of investments and changes in its technology, approach, and resource utilisation.
”This is a big plus for the company and I believe there are opportunities for other companies and industrial magnates to tow this line.
”This forum, being the third edition, shows that NBC is not only committed to talking about the climate change discourse but is also taking actions in a sustainable manner.
”The climate change challenges are enormous and require participation by every sector.
We are glad to see the steps being taken by NBC and we hope to continue to partner and increase our collaboration to make more progress,” he said.
In his keynote address, Dr Newton Jibunoh, Founder, Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), said that collaboration among relevant stakeholders was crucial to mitigating the impact of climate change in the country.
”I must commend NBC for hosting this stakeholder’s forum at a time when half of the global community is experiencing the debilitating impact of climate change.
”I urge that we must continue to collaborate and make efforts, no matter how little, to address this issue.
We must all start taking the needed actions today,” Jibunoh said.
Speaking on ”Plastic Recycling: A Key Contributor to Mitigating Climate Change”, Mr Desmond Majekodunmi, the Chairman, Lekki State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative, said that the issue of plastic pollution should be taken more seriously.
Majekodunmi said that by 2050, there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish and such plastics were affecting the incredible miraculous structures that had been in place for eons.
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the National Council on Climate Change to formulate appropriate policies toward achieving green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria.
The president gave the charge while inaugurating the Council before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting in the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The president said the inauguration marked the commencement of the implementation of the Climate Change Act 2021 and a new chapter in the renewed response to climate change in the country.
He also directed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate appropriate amendments of ”noticeable implementation challenges” inherent in the Act. While highlighting the losses and damages caused by the recent increasing floods in several parts of the country as well in Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of East and Southern Africa, Buhari described climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.
”It (Climate Change) is complex and dynamic; and requires multidimensional and multi-sectoral initiatives to address its impacts and avert its rapid advance.
”Updated data show increases in sea level rise, heat waves, wild fires, floods, desertification, drying wetlands and many more disruptive climate occurrences.
”The latest Intergovernmental Panel on climate change report warns that rising GreenHouse Gas emissions could soon outstrip the ability of communities to adapt.
”The window for taking decisive steps needed to spare our planet from the gravest impacts of climate change is rapidly narrowing.
”We cannot ignore what is happening in our local environment.
The increasing re-occurrence of floods in several parts of the country is a wakeup call,” he said.
The president decried the loss of lives, damage and destruction of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools and agricultural production.
Buhari, therefore, reiterated the determination of his administration to strengthen national response to climate change and accelerate the implementation of decisive actions to reduce its impacts on the people and economy.
According to him, Nigeria is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is an established international treaty to combat “dangerous human interference with the climate system”, in part by stabilizing GreenHouse Gas concentrations in the atmosphere.
Buhari said: ”It is against this background that in Nov. 2021, after COP 26 in Glasgow, I signed the Nigeria Climate Change Act despite noticeable implementation challenges inherent in the Act. ” This is to set the framework for mainstreaming climate change action, carbon budgeting and the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change.
”The council is tasked with the responsibility of formulating appropriate policies and other mechanisms for achieving low GreenHouse Gas emissions, including green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria.
”In a clear demonstration of our commitments as enshrined in our Nationally Determined Contributions and the Net Zero-Target by 2060, I also approved, on July 25, 2022, the appointment of the Director General and Secretary for the National Council on Climate Change.
” The president, therefore, maintained that those lapses earlier alluded to – which included the establishment of states and Zonal offices creating a huge and costly bureaucracy would not be tolerated.
According to the president, the Act also takes out the Commissioners of Environments from the states as members of Council.
”It also did not make transitional provisions capturing the work of the Inter-ministerial Working Group.
”This group was responsible for Energy Transition, the supervisory oversight of the Ministry of Environment and the establishment of an Executive Management structure at the secretariat level to support the DG in running the Council Secretariat.
”Accordingly, I hereby direct the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate the appropriate amendment to reflect these observations,” he said.
Ahead of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the president expressed optimism that the National Council on Climate Change would harmonise all issues relating to Climate Change, Energy Transition Plan, Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Trading Framework.
According to him, this is in line with its mandate under the Act, so that Nigeria could have a robust and impactful outing that captures Nigeria’s Climate Change priorities.
He said the composition of the council was a reflection of the magnitude of the problem and the seriousness of the nation’s response.
Buhari added, ”it comprises the highest level of governance and a representation of all key sectors of the economy.
” Buhari also used the occasion to thank Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for heading Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, presiding over the global launch of the plan and initiating its marketing by engaging key stakeholders in the United States.
He urged the Council to consolidate on these first steps and ensure a sustained marketing of the plan.
Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, thanked the president for ”walking the talk” on climate change at the international, regional and national level.
He also lauded him for demonstrating immense leadership towards Nigeria’s quest for net-zero by 2060. The Council is chaired by the President with the Vice President as Vice Chairman.
The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, is also a member.
Other members of the Council are the Ministers responsible for Environment; Petroleum Resources; Budget and National Planning; Justice; Mines and Steel Development; Finance; Agriculture and Rural Development; Power; Women Affairs; Transportation; and Water Resources.
The Governor of Central Bank; the National Security Adviser; President of Association Local Governments of Nigeria; a representative of the private sector on climate change or environmental related matters (representative of National Conservation Foundation)are also members of the Council.
Others are; a representative of National Council on Women Societies; a representative of National Youth Congress, and a representative of the Civil Society Organisation.
The Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change, Dr Salisu Dahiru, will serve as Secretary.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after the inauguration, FEC observed a minute of silence in honour of Ayodele Ogunlade, a former Minister of National Planning, under former Head of State, Sani Abacha, who died on Tuesday aged 88.
Prof Chukwumerije Okereke, Leed, Nigeria, Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project, says that Nigeria requires clear, quantifiable policies to achieve 50 per cent emission reduction by 2050. Okereke said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of a webinar on Nigeria’s Long–Term Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS), monitored in Lagos.
The theme of the webinar is “Understanding Nigeria’s Long- Term Vision 2050(LTV 2050) and the Elaboration of the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDS).
Okereke said that the LT-LEDS were strategies used by countries all over the world to plan how they can achieve economic development thereby reducing emissions across all sectors of the economy.
According to him, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), talks about emission reduction up on to 2030. “Generally, the LT-LEDS thinks about emission reduction up on to 2050. “The Nigerian Government wanted to do an LT-LEDS, but because they did not have the modeling tools and capabilities and because of the brevity of time, decided to do a Long Term Vision (LTV).
“The LTV describes the future whereby 20502060, Nigeria will be a circular economy, well developed and will have a robust climate resilience systems, where emissions will be very low, down by 50 per cent,” he said.
He said that the LE-LEDS provides a clearly defined; quantifiable, measureable, analytically robust and rigorous pathway through which the LTV could be achieved in 2050. Speaking on ways to key into the vision of the LTV, Okereke said that climate change affects everyone and people could play a part in all sorts of different ways.
“If you recycle waste, if you reuse, if you plant trees, if you use solar panels, if you walk instead of driving; all of these things are ways of minimising the generation of emissions by individuals.
“If you switch off your generators when you don’t need them, practice organic farming; they all reduce wastes and emissions, so these are the things that individuals can do.
“The other things individuals can do is in terms of their eating pattern, because a lot of emissions come from cows; so people who eat vegetarian diets tend also to reduce their carbon footprint,” Okereke said.
He said that large scale emissions come from industrial deforestation, gas flaring, haulage, shipping, aviation and transportation.
Okereke said that the task before the government was to come up with robust policies and implement them to help individuals to always take action to reduce their emissions.
According to him, the job of the LT-LEDS is to show what kind of actions, policies and investments that government and individuals can make to reduce emissions.
“Part of the problems with the country is that we throw policies around without costing them; they don’t have a good understanding of the economics of the policies.
“The environmental, economic and social benefits of those policies should be quantified.
“The LT-LEDS have to quantify some of these policies and show in a clear way how these actions and measures can be taken to achieve our ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050,” Okereke said.
On the position of Nigeria as an oil producing country vis-à-vis its vision at decarbonisation and net zero emissions, Okereke said that Nigeria is in a difficult condition as it relates to climate change.
He said that Nigeria, as an oil dependent state earns about 85-87 per cent of its foreign exchange from oil.
He said that with the global transitioning to green growth, many countries are making efforts to wean themselves out of oil “This means that long-term future value of oil may crash and Nigeria may cease to gain less from the extraction and sale of oil.
“At the same time, Nigeria is very vulnerable to climate change, so it needs to act quickly to build economic resilience.
“If more nations move away from oil as we envisage and rigorous ambitious climate policies are enacted across the nations, that is going to be catastrophic for Nigeria because of the dwindling resources and massive unemployment that will result,” Okereke said.
The professor said that Nigeria has a comparative advantage in wind and solar resources which the country can annex to its advantage.
He said that to annex renewable energy, the country requires the political will and the right caliber of people to make it happen.
“What is required is the 5Ps, People, Policy, Plan, Platform and Politics, without this, you just talk and talk and nothing happens,” Okereke said.
Earlier, Dr Salisu Dahiru, the Director-General, National Climate Change Commission, commended Okereke for his presentation.
Dahiru also expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari for his wisdom in resuscitating the Act and believing in the ability of the commission to deliver on its mandate.
The Federal Government has adopted innovative approach, including carbon tax, to fund the mitigation of the impact of climate change in the country.
The Director-General, National Council on Climate Change, Dr Salisu Dahiru, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Dahiru spoke to NAN on the sidelines of a technical workshop on Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project.
Dahiru said that President Muhammadu Buhari, in creating the council, adopted an innovative approach because the council is going to be the main vehicle that would drive his climate change policy and agenda.
“So he decided to adopt an innovative approach that will provide sufficient funding and in a timely manner.
“This is to ensure that the council is able to operate, function and discharge responsibilities with little hindrance.
“So two things are associated with the funding; the major funding source will be the budget.
“But within the Act establishing the council, there is going to be the introduction of Carbon Tax,” Dahiru said.
The DG said that carbon tax was done all over the world because of the grave existential threat of climate change.
“If we do not deal with climate change, climate change will deal with all of us.
“So this carbon tax will have to come in because that’s the only way that we can clean up our environment and refresh the air,” Dahiru said.
He said that there would be the establishment of a climate change fund, where the government, the private sector and development partners would make contributions.
Dahiru said that another way the council hoped to raise fund was through the establishment of a Redd Plus registry.
“We can demonstrate through the Redd Plus programme, which is called reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, “If we show that we are no longer cutting down the forests, that we are conserving the forest, then, we will be eligible to be paid carbon credits.
“This is calculated based on how much emissions we have prevented from going to the atmosphere as a result of conserving the forest that will also be fed into the funding of the activities of the council.
“And then we will also have this support from the International Organization for climate change.
He said “we are able to do clean projects; projects that will add to our ability to fulfill our obligations under the nationally determined contributions to climate change mitigation in the world”.
“Then development partners under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will provide additional support to the country,” Dahiru said.
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).
The Federal Government says it has reclaimed 23,000 hacteres of degraded land and completed 56 gully erosion sites in various parts of the country.It also said over 25,000 households beneffited from the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, disclosed this at a Valedictory ceremony for NEWMAP, on Sunday in Abuja.He said that the NEWMAP was established in collaboration with World Bank and it’s partner agencies in 2012 to adress gully erosion and other forms of land degradation in 23 states across the country.“Over 185,000 persons have received project advisory training.“The project is to reduce vulnerability to gully erosion and other forms of land degradation focusing on preventing and restoring further land degradation.“The aim is also to enhance the livelihoods of beneficiary communities.“I must reiterate that the achievements of NEWMAP are in line with the goals of Mr President’s administration,” he said.Abdullahi said that the project was also focused on urban stormwater management, climate change adaptation and resilience, water harvesting, climate smart agriculture, among othersHe said that the impact of NEWMAP had been felt all over the country, including in some states that were not participating in the project.He said that the NEWMAP won 5 awards in 2019, as overall best project in entire World Bank Nigeria portfolio, best project in results and innovation and best project in disbursement.“It also won first position in audience award category under sustainable awards for World Bank projects in Africa Region and second position in the Africa sustainable development team,” he said.The minister appreciated the World Bank, partner agencies, the states, NEWMAP team and other stakeholders who contributed in making the project a huge success.The minister was represented by Alhaji Abdulhadi Abdullahi, his Special Assistant.The National Project Coordinator, NEWMAP, Dr Salisu Dahiru, said the aim of the event was to put the record and achievement of the NEWMAP before the public, ministries and the World Bank that sponsored the project.Dahiru said that the first phase of the NEWMAP spent 500 million dollars in the execution of the project.He said that another two grants were given by Global Environmental Facilities and Special Climate Change Fund, adding that one was about three million dollars while the other was about four million dollars grant.“But the 500 million dollars was approved for only seven states then.“It was agreed between the Federal Government and the World Bank that if the number of the states participating in the project later increased, then there should be additional fund.“So, when the number of participating states increased from seven to 19, the need to have this additional financing came up,” he said.The national coordinator said that each states among those first seven, were given opportunity to implement only five gully erosion sites.He said that states like Anambra, the gully erosion sites alone could have taken almost half of the amount.He said that increase in the number of states led to additional sites, adding that some of the erosion in the sites were huge.“These made it necessary for additional financing, then World Bank decided to provide 400 million dollars.“But that 400 million dollars as at that time were the estimate of the gullies that needed to be rehabilitated,” he said.Dahiru said that the NEWMAP was still left with some short funds, adding that some states and federal level brought counterpart funds.He said that the efforts had helped in ensuring that the project was implemented.(NAN)
Weather affects virtually every facet of human existence. Weather, somewhat, determines what we eat, drink, wear and even when and how to do such activities.Weather is the atmospheric condition of a particular place and time as regards heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind and rain, among others.It is no gain saying the global warming has affected weather conditions over time, making it difficult for anyone to predict or forecast the weather without using modern equipment or parameters.Realising these facts, the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet), has been partnering with relevant stakeholders to set up weather stations to enhance accurate weather forecast.The partnership yielded positive results as Plateau government through the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), established three weather stations in the stations.The stations were deliberately located in the three senatorial districts of the state to spread the coverage.The three weather stations are situated in University of Jos (Plateau North), Federal College of Education Pankshin (Plateau Central) and College of Agriculture Garkawa (Plateau South).The NiMet Director-General, Prof. Mansur Matazu, at the inauguration of the new weather stations said that the stations would positively impact all sectors of the Nigerian economy.Matazu, who was represented by Nigeria HydroMet’s General Manager, Mr Daniel Okafor, was excited that the agency got more stations to enhance its coverage.According to the D-G, the stations will add to the data NiMet gathers for the nation to get tailored information and pieces of advice that will help policy makers in taking informed decisions.“It is also to aid different sectors of the economy that are weather dependent on making their plans towards doing whatever they want to do in their sector.“There is no sector of the economy that doesn’t depend on weather.“The weather we are in which is a global phenomenon: we are talking about climate change, rise in temperature, the amount of rainfall we used to have; in some places it is near to nothing, in other places it is too much.“With these kinds of stations and several others located in different coordinates in the country, we will be able to monitor and forecast the total amount of rainfall that is expected in different regions.“It would enable the farmers (agricultural sector) to know the planting season, the duration of the rainfall, kinds of crops to plant, the period of maturity and the rest.“In the aviation sector, without weather information the pilot cannot fly because he needs to know the weather from where he is leaving to where he is going,’’ he said.According to him, the weather stations in the country are grossly inadequate.Matazu said that going by World Metrological Organisation’s (WMO) standard, the weather stations should be at the maximum 100 kilometres apart.Dr Salisu Dahiru, NEWMAP National Project Coordinator, noted that the stations usually brought essential aspects of learning to the institutions where they were located.Dahiru, represented by NEWMAP’s Water Specialist, Mr Ayuba Anda, stated that students who would be in the field after graduation needed to have good knowledge of the role weather played in agriculture and other human endeavours.“For the institution as a centre of learning, the lecturers have a dire need for more knowledge of modern weather equipment and their utilisation to enable them to teach the students better“They will get data to show the students how these data would be used, archived, analysed and transmitted into reasonable information that would be meaningful for planning and development,’’ he said.He stated that the equipment in stations were tested and guaranteed to have long lifespan, and, however, added that “for it to be sustained, it requires simple maintenance culture.”He gave such maintenance culture as cleaning the environment, dusting the solar panels and checking the battery terminals at all times.He said they would “ensure that there is enough current that would be running the station in order to bring out the data as required.”Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, who inaugurated the stations, also said that it would impact on the lives of the institutions as well as other Nigerians.The governor, who was represented by Mr Yakubu Idi, the Commisioner for Environment, said that as a government, it was aware of the challenges that might accompany the establishment of the stations.“As we encourage the institutions to put up sustainability plans, the state government through the NEWMAP is going to draw another sustainability plan as an alternative.“In the event that the institution fails, we can fall back on that of the state government.“I am happy that while NEWMAP is winding up, we have the ACRISAL coming on board to continue from where NEWMAP stopped.“The ACRISAL also have a component of climate change as well as weather focus and I believe the establishment of weather stations is equally embedded in it,’’ he said.The equipment in each of the stations include: wind vane, anemometer, soil sensor, thermometer, pyranometer (measuring sunshine) instrument to measure relative humidity as well as instrument to measure radiation.The heads of the institutions commended NEWMAP and other stakeholders for situating the stations in their schools and promised to secure and maintain the stations for optimum use.Benefiting institutions could not hide their excitement as they rained encomiums on Plateau government for ensuring that the stations were cited in Plateau.The Vice-Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya, lauded Plateau government for citing one of stations in the university.Ishaya, who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Rahila Gowon, appealed to the NiMet to train some staff of the university on the management and maintenance of station.The vice-chancellor also appealed to NiMet to establish one of its centres of excellence in the institution.“Since you have a centre of excellence in Katsina and Lagos, let University of Jos house the one for the North-Central zone.“We can house it through our consultancy or through our Geography Department so that you can train personnel for NiMet.“We also want you to accommodate our students under the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in NiMet.“It could either be students from University of Jos, Federal College of Education, Pankshin, or College of Agriculture, Garkawa, where you have your weather stations,’’ he said.Ishaya requested for some NiMet staff members to be visiting scholars to the university, as some of the courses relevant to the agency were being taught at the institution.The Provost of the College of Pankshin, Dr Amos Cirfat, who could not hide his joy, thanked Gov. Simon Lalong for identifying the institution to benefit from huge project saying, “Lalong’s has rescued us in so many ways right from the inception of his administration.(NANFeatures)(NAN)
A News Analysis by Peter Amine, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Kogi Government in collaboration with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), have intensified effort in tackling the menace of erosion across the state.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Victor Omofaiye, made this known to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday after he led a delegation from the World Bank and NEWMAP on a two-day assessment tour to some gully sites across the state.
Omofaiye noted that the tour was to have on the spot assessment of the devastating effects of affected areas by erosion and to inspect the ongoing intervention projects.
He restated the determination of the present administration to curb the menace.
The commissioner also gave an assurance that his ministry would ensure thorough supervision of all ongoing projects, because of their direct impact on the masses and bringing succour to erosion victims.
He urged stakeholders and communities to give the necessary support to the contractors by creating enabling environment for speedy completion of all the ongoing NEWMAP projects across the state.
Also, the Task Team Lead of the World Bank, Dr Amos Abu, expressed concern over the level of work done at some of the sites, especially in the Eastern part of Kogi.
He urged the contractors to ensure quality job and expedite action for speedy completion.
Abu described the erosion situation in Ungwa in Idah Local Government Area of the state as devastating, saying that it had all the trappings of an emergency response site.
He promised that NEWMAP would begin work immediately on the site in an emergency response mode to reduce vulnerability and bring succour to the people of the community.
Abu commended the State Government for its commitment to the project and lauded the efforts of the NEWMAP State Project Coordinator, Mrs Ladi Jatto, for her resilience in ensuring that victims of erosion got succor.
On his part, the National Project Coordinator of NEWMAP, Alhaji Salisu Dahiru, urged the contractors to ensure that quality work that would be in conformity with the international best practices was done.
”Whatever we are going to do in terms of civil structures on those sites are meant to last for 100 years. It should be able to withstand all the factors causing erosion, ’’ Dahiru said.
In her remark, Jatto thanked the delegation for their visit and for giving top priority to Kogi in project execution and commended the state government for its commitment to tackling erosion menace in the state.
The sites’ engineers at the various project sites visited, assured the World Bank of quality service delivery as well as timely completion of the projects.
A NAN correspondent, who accompanied the delegation for the two-day assessment tour, reports that Agassa in Okene, Ozuri on Adavi, Angwa in Idah, and Ogugu in Olamaboro Local Government Areas, were among the sites visited by the teams.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
The erosion menace ravaging most parts of Anambra has been described as a serious emergency that required global action to tackle.
Gov. Willie Obiano made the remarks while speaking on the sidelines of the just concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference tagged COP25 in Madrid Spain.
Obiano was represented by Mr Mike Ivenso, Project Coordinator of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Anambra who led the state delegation to the conference.
In a statement issued by Mr Emeka Achebe, Communications Officer of Anambra NEWMAP in Awka on Tuesday, Obiano said available arable land in Anambra was being washed away by erosion.
The governor noted that about 36 per cent of the landmass of the state was being threatened by active erosion menace.
He said the state, in partnership with NEWMAP, unveiled a Climate Change Resilience Campaign entitled “Save Our Landscape (SOL).”
According to the governor, Anambra which boasts of almost 100 per cent arable land is fast losing its lands and forests with attendant colossal loss of lives, property and critical infrastructure due to gully erosion and flood.
Also speaking, Dr Salisu Dahiru, National Project Coordinator for NEWMAP, who was also at the conference said climate change impacts across Nigeria were evidenced in several dimensions, depending on the region.
Dahiru said intense rainfall which resulted to flood and erosion were felt in over 12 of the 36 states of the federation but was most severe in Anambra.
He said the World Bank funded NEWMAP was carrying out remedial and mitigation project works on approved erosion sites in Anambra.
The national project coordinator said the Save Our Landscape (SOL) campaign would further create awareness and ameliorate the challenge.
“The unveiled Climate Change Resilience Campaign ‘SOL’ is an innovative land reclamation programme replete with components of afforestation climate smart agriculture, awareness, sensitisation and capacity enhancement.
“SOL is an indicative of the state readiness to tackle climate change impacts through innovations, partnerships and collaborations, funding and technology supports from global climate change community.”
Edited by: Dada Ahmed