Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Oludolapo, APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, Special Duties Minister, George Akume, on Thursday paid condolence visits on the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, over her mother’s death.
In his condolence, Osinbajo said the contributions of the deceased in the lives of so many, especially the less privileged would remain indelible.
“We are here to commiserate with our dear sister, the FCT Minister of State, her husband and the family over the sad demise of our mother.
“Of course, when we heard, we were deeply shocked because she wasn’t particularly old, so we were shocked that she had passed on.
” We ought to have been here on Wednesday because the minister is very dear to me and my wife, and we have a relationship over so many years.
“This loss is very personal to us as well, that is why we came to commiserate with her, the family as well as the good people of the Federal Capital Territory.
“All we can say is, it is God who gives life and He is the only one who can take life.
None of us have any control over when we come or when we go.
” All that we are left with is the memories, especially the contributions in the lives of others that the departed had made.
“We are very confident that in the case of our mother who made significant contributions in the lives of so many, especially those who are less privileged, the poor and the vulnerable, will remain indelible in our minds.
“So, we just want to thank God for her life and pray for comfort for our dear sister and the rest of the family and to say a prayer that all of us will live long to mourn all of our elderly people and we ourselves will live very long.
” Earlier, the 17 Graded Chiefs in the FCT also paid condolences to the bereaved family.
The traditional rulers, led by the FCT Chairman of Traditional Council of Chiefs, and Onah of Abaji, Dr Adamu Yunusa, prayed that may the good Lord grant the deceased eternal rest and make the highest paradise be her abode.
“May God grant the family, the good people of Kogi State and the good people of the FCT, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he said.
Other dignitaries who paid condolence visits to the minister were, Sen. Philip Aduda, Director General NDLEA, retired Gen. Buba Marwa, former Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
Also, the wife of the APC Vice Presidential Candidate, Haj. Nana Kashim Shettima, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum, Wife of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mrs Olufunmilayo Mustapha, among others.
The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has said the Federal Government would support Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW), to provide Great Green Integrator programme with its own financial instruments.She said this during a courtesy visit of the Executive Secretary, Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW), Dr. Brahim Said, and his team, to Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.“The Secretariat must ensure the technical and financial viability to operationalise recommendations of Vision 2030 and 2022-2023 roadmap of the Executive Secretariat Priority Action Areas.”The Priority Action Areas were validated at the fourth ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the PAGGW in December 2021.“This will also form part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s roadmap in providing purposeful leadership towards addressing land degradation, climate change, deforestation, food security, desertification, and biodiversity in Africa, within two years of his tenure,” she said.Mr. Adamu Ibrahim-Larmua, Ambassador of NIgeria to Senegal and Mauritania, said that the support by Mauritania is a good start-up point for Nigeria.He said if the GGW initiative is well harnessed, it would take care of many problems in Nigeria.“Nigeria has taken the lead of the Presidency of the PAGGW and it is an important step for us.”The GGW initiative has gone beyond Environment problems. It is also security, economic and there’s a lot that Nigeria can take home with this opportunity,” he said.The Director-General of NAGGW, Dr Bukar Hasan, said the Meeting is important to Nigeria because it would provide relevant information, strategies, operational status of the secretariat that would enable the President run the Agency in a way to benefit all member states. (NAN)
The 2021 Conference of the Parties (COP26) summit aims to protect and restore nature while tracking the best available science on climate change, said Catriona Laing, UK High Commissioner to Nigeria.
Represented -Jones, Deputy High Commissioner at the Commission, Laing told a press conference the UK's ambitions for COP26 and what the UK expected to achieve at the summit.
reports that COP26 is the next annual United Nations (UN) climate change conference to be attended by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a treaty that entered into force in 1994.
This year's event, billed in Glasgow, Scotland, would be co-hosted with the Italian governments from October 31 to November 12, 2021.
Laing said the summit, which was to be supported by leaders and delegations, had four clear goals to achieve, including "achieving global net zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5 degrees close at hand."
“Adapt our behavior to protect communities and natural habitats; and mobilize the fis-developed countries to keep their promise to mobilize at least 100 billion dollars in climate stronghold per year.
"Finally, work together to deliver and finalize the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris Agreement operational) and accelerate actions to fight the climate crisis, through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society . "
She added that the outcome of the negotiations at COP26 should protect and restore nature, follow the best available scientific data and enable inclusive action.
While commending the leadership shown by Buhari and her team, led by the state, Federal Environment Department, Ms Sharon Ikeazor, the British envoy said:
“We look forward to seeing an effective implementation strategy for Nigeria's Nationally Determined Revised Contribution that will close the mitigation gap with support from the UK and other development partners to:.
“Ensure the decarbonization of the electricity sector (for example, find solutions for power plants blocked on the grid) and stay the course on reforms of the electricity sector, including tariffs reflecting costs, the reduction network transmission and distribution losses; and the removal of fuel subsidies.
“Creating an enabling environment to boost large-scale off-grid solar energy (eg, and VAT rights on solar energy for home use).
“Others are putting an end to gas flaring. Agricultural reforms and adoption of climate smart agroforestry, to help the Nigerian agricultural sector and many others, ”she said.
Also speaking, Minister of State for the Environment, Ms. Ikeazor, said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had warned that the Earth's temperature was rising and the world was in " Code red ”.
“We got to this point because of the fossil fuel emissions which increased the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions there.
“Climate change will transform our way of life, causing water shortages and making food production more difficult. Some areas could become dangerously hot and others uninhabitable due to rising sea levels.
“Extreme weather events such as heat waves, showers and storms will become more frequent and intense, threatening lives and livelihoods, and people in the poorest countries, who are least able to survive. adapt, will suffer the most.
“COP26 offers an opportunity to build back better and stronger, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be an opportunity to build a more resilient future.
“One of the objectives of COP26 is adaptation, which should be at the center of the concerns of developing countries such as Nigeria, whose impacts have greatly affected. Africa as a whole contributes only about 4 percent of global emissions, ”she said.
She noted that in adapting to climate change, Nigeria had developed a NAP (2020) framework aimed at establishing a framework for adaptation planning and governance for the country.
Nigeria recently developed an adaptation communication (2020) aimed at highlighting adaptation activities and efforts in the country, in addition to receiving support for the readiness of the Green Climate Fund to advance its national adaptation plan process.
Nigeria's achievement ahead of COP26 is the Revised National Climate Change Policy (NPCC) approved in June 2020, which will enable us to implement mitigation measures and also strengthen adaptation towards a sustainable development path. and climate change resilient for Nigeria, ”she said.
By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the plan to finance gas projects as they approach the global net zero emissions target would be of no use to developing countries such as Nigeria.
Osinbajo spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement Saturday in Abuja said the vice president had made presentations at various meetings in London.
The Vice President attended a high-level United Nations event on the energy transition plan in Africa with a special focus on Nigeria ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) summit.
Osinbajo warned that “limiting the development of gas projects posed major challenges.
The vice president said that in its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change, the federal government strives to use a large part of clean energy sources.
Osinbajo's first meeting was a closed-door session with the President-designate of COP26, Mr. Alok Sharma, a UK minister-level minister and chair of the UK government's COP26 Energy Transition Council (ETC) in Whitehall.
Discussions with Sharma focused on issues regarding the global 2050 net zero emissions target and the need for the international community to align with the key elements of a just and just transition for all.
The Vice President also had interaction with the Imperial College academic community, followed by Global Energy Alliance meetings and presentations on Nigeria's Energy Transition Plan and Nigeria's Integrated Energy Plan.
Osinbajo told Imperial College that Africa as a continent is home to the world's youngest and fastest growing population.
“In order to create jobs and enable climate-smart industrialization, the scale and quality of electricity services must increase significantly. "
Scaling up in the Nigerian context hinges on clean energy, he said, reflecting the federal government's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“It means building sustainability into our economic planning, so our economic sustainability plan includes a plan to provide five million homes with cleaner energy through its decentralized solar power program.
“This means that around 25 million Nigerians would have access to solar energy.
“The first phase of this plan is already underway, and we believe that this type of program will very quickly accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions. "
Osinbajo, however, said measures to finance gas projects would not help "the whole company, which needed gas, especially to put it on the grid."
“Limiting the development of gas projects poses major challenges for African countries, while insignificantly reducing global emissions.
“The demand for energy in Nigeria and across Africa is set to increase, as it should indeed, to provide the industrialization, jobs and economic advancement that people deserve. "
Osinbajo said Nigeria has already committed to having 30% of its electricity supply from renewables by 2030.
He said natural gas was used for industry, fertilizer making and cooking, which were more difficult to transition than power generation.
The Vice President said Nigeria is committed to making all of its nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement and has updated its commitments in our new energy transition plan.
“So for the Business as Usual (BAU) baseline projections, the estimated BAU 2030 emissions are now 453 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), an increase of 31% from a base of 2018 reference of 347 MTCO2e.
“We are engaged in the process and firmly believe that the process must be solid, fair, just and supported not only for Nigeria, but for most African countries and for many developing countries who have the same concerns as us. "
According to him, the ultimate goal of the global energy transition should be to achieve reliable net zero energy systems to power prosperous and inclusive economies.
“Efforts are already underway in my country and in the countries of the continent, to include a large part of clean energy sources in order to fuel this growth.
“Renewable energies are the fastest growing energy segment today and will certainly be a key economic driver in the future. "
The vice president revealed that Nigeria was the first African country to have developed an energy transition plan that sought to demonstrate its commitment to global net-zero emissions.
He said such a plan must be fair, inclusive and just with a planetary and humane approach to the transition.
“In practice, this means transition plans that take into account the different realities of different economies and adapt to various pathways towards net zero by 2050,” he said.
The Minister of State for the Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, Special Advisor to the President for Economic Affairs, Amb. Adeyemi Dipeolu and Nigeria's High Commissioner to the UK, Amb. Sarafa Ishola accompanied the Vice-President to the meetings.
The UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE forAll), Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi, among others, was also present at the meetings. (www.)
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment, has stressed the need to adopt modern technologies inherent in geospatial science to address biodiversity loss and climate change in Nigeria.
Mr Saghir el Mohammed, Director Press and Public Relation in the ministry, who said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, stated that the minister was addressing members of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) via a virtual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
The GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 participating organizations under the UN.
She also said that this commitment would help in the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria’s coastal regions, urging the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to work closely with the National Earth Observation (NEO) team to enable them carry out their assignment.
The minister noted that the data and knowledge derived from earth observations would help the government to plan and tackle climate crises in various sectors, saying that she was delighted to learn that the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA) was already working with GEO.
According to her, the NEO team will help to proffer lasting solutions to the inter-linked climate change crises and also enable early warning detection of crop failures, thereby improving livelihoods and food security.
“Geospatial science for biodiversity and ocean are very important especially in a country like Nigeria,” the minister said, while reaffirming her commitment to mobilizing youths to play key roles in climate actions.
“It is the young ones who will take advantage of these technologies, have access to authentic data and job opportunities in the country,” she said.
In his remark, Mr Steven Ramage, GEO’s Head of External Relations, said the organization focuses mainly on agriculture, biodiversity, cities, climate action, data, forestry, land degradation neutrality, oceans (GEO Blue Planet), water sustainability and disaster risks reduction.
Also contributing, Catherine Nakaleme of AfriGEEO, noted that the Digital Earth Africa would assist countries in the continent to realize the potential of Earth Observation, and guarantee sustainable development.
Nakaleme said that Digital Earth Africa has the capacity to provide a unique continental scale analysis and factual data for operational purposes.
The Digital Earth Africa also focuses on addressing challenges on soil and coastal erosion, forest and desert development, water quality and changes to human settlements across Africa.
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The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, says the Federal Government is committed to boosting hydrocarbon resources for export, so as to create employment opportunities across the country.
Ikeazor made this known in a statement issued by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, Director Press in the ministry, on Sunday in Abuja
Addressing stakeholders on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Ameshi and Enyi Field Development Project, by Sterling Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SEEPCO), Ikeazor said that the commitment was one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration.
She, however, said that the exploration of the abundant hydrocarbon reserves must be done in an environmentally sustainable and friendly manner so that the potential negative impact of any exploration project are identified and mitigation measures put in place.
Ikeazor said one of the objectives of the present administration in the oil and gas industry was to optimally utilise our proven reserves to boost earnings and provide employment opportunities for various categories of professionals, together with the skilled and semi-skilled labour force.
“Towards this end, and in exercise of its regulatory responsibilities, the ministry of environment has observed that SEEPCO did not obtain all the required regulatory permits before embarking on drilling at a site, in clear violation of section 62 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act.
“Consequently, a stop-work order of July 6, 2020 was issued to SEEPCO,” she said.
Ikeazor charged stakeholders to come up with far-reaching ideas and recommendations that could assist in making the proposed Amechi FDP a development project that would be executed at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.
Earlier in his remarks, Anambra governor Willie Obiano said that the stakeholders’ meeting was a follow up to a series of complaints from the state government on the exploration activities of SEEPCO in the state.
He said that the meeting was aimed at looking at and resolving issues between the state government and Sterling Petroleum so as to create a conducive working environment in the development of the oil and gas potential of the state.
While welcoming the minister to the state, the governor expressed the hope that her visit will avail her the opportunity of seeing first-hand the activities of SEEPCO, whose activities in the state had led to what he called disastrous environmental degradation of the Ogwu-Ikpele and Ogwu Aniocha communities in Agbaru Local Government Area.
“Their operation has further worsened the plight and living conditions of those communities, thereby creating palpable tension and restiveness that were uncommon before the company arrived.
“We are counting on you to ensure that SEEPCO complies with the EIA requirement, so that we can leave no stone unturned in our quest to become a member of the oil and gas producing state in the country,” Obiano said.
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The South East leaders who met in Enugu on Thursday have called on their youths to shun the destruction of government and private property and embrace peace.
The Chairman, South East Governors Forum, Mr David Umahi, made the call while briefing newsmen at the end of their meeting in Enugu.
Umahi admonished the youths to desist from destroying government and private property as the governors seek ways to remedy the recent vandalism of property by the ENDSARS protesters in the region.
“We sympathise with all the victims’ families, including the Police and other security agencies, as well as all those who lost their loved ones and other valuables in the recent disturbances.
“The South East leaders will engage our youths to ensure sustainable peace in the region and a glorious future for our children.
“Each state in the South East will set up a fund to assist the victims of the crisis, including the Police, the Army and other security agencies, as well as the civilians,’’ he said.
Umahi, who is the governor of Ebonyi, also assured that the state governors were committed to addressing the concerns of the youths that were peculiar to their various states.
He said that the South East governors will engage the Federal Government and their colleagues in other states to address other issues that were regional or national in nature.
“We advise all our youths that while the governors are working hard to meet their demands, the destruction of public/private property and attacks on security personnel and civilians will not be allowed to continue.
“The leaders, therefore, directed all Igbos both at home and in the diaspora to go about their lawful activities and not get involved in any form of unlawful protest or criminality.
“We pledge to protect all ethnic groups living in the South East and we thank our other colleague governors for protecting our people in their various jurisdictions,’’ Umahi said.
Those present at the meeting included Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Abia State Gov. Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu; Deputy Gov. of Anambra, Dr. Nkem Okeke, and Imo State Deputy Gov. Prof. Placid Njoku.
Others included the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Former Senate Dep. President, Ike Ekweremadu; as well as Senators Rochas Okorocha, Sam Egwu, and Uche Ekwunife.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, Minister of State for the Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor; the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty Igwe Alfred Achebe, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as well as Amb. Mrs. Justina Eze.
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The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor has reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government in curbing environmental and health challenges posed by unsound e-waste management on livelihood.
Ikeazor said this in a statement signed by Saghir el – Mohammed, Director, Press and Information of the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja.
She described E-waste as non-functional electrical/electronic equipment that has become hazardous to the environment and healthy lifestyles.
According to Ikeazor, as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International E-Waste Day (IEWD), the country must not continue to be a dumping ground for used electronics and other electrical appliances.
“The appliances do not only constitute a serious challenge to the environment, but also to healthy living of Nigerians.
“Nigeria is in receipt of large volumes of Used Electrical Equipment (UEE) that are under the guise of ‘bridging the digital divide’ with a large chunk discovered to be e-waste.
“This unsound waste is a fall-out from the rapid transformation in the Information Communication and Technology sector.
“In 2018 alone, about 50 million tons of e-waste was generated globally, with only 35 per cent officially reported as collected and recycled,” she said.
Ikeazor reiterated Federal Government’s readiness to give maximum support to e-waste management and its sustainability.
She said that the government has already demonstrated its commitment to global efforts through the establishment of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and promulgation of necessary regulations, among others.
Ikeazor said the concern about e-waste stems from the fact that
they contain several toxic and Chloreflourocarbons, or Hydrochlorocarbons, which if not properly managed could harm the environment and human health.
She said that the ministry plays an active role as the focal point for e-waste management in the country.
Ikeazor said the country has achieved much in sound management of e-waste, through the implementation of the Extension Production Responsibility (EPR) programme.
She said the implementation of EPR programme has attracted international support under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project on ‘Circular Economy Approaches for the electronics sector in the county`s project.
Ikeazor, who described the theme for this year’s IEWD, “Education, which is devoted to the young people”, as apt, said ‘‘it is envisaged that young people will be educated on e-waste issues and in turn mentor a new generation of environmentally – responsible consumers’’ .
The International E-Waste Day (IEWD) movement started in 2018 and is celebrated annually on every Oct. 14. IEWD stimulates awareness on effect of e-waste, to arouse political will, attention and public action.
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The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, says the fourth Mainland Bridge in Lagos will on completion, complement President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s infrastructure-drive initiative.
She also said that it would absorb the shock of human traffic emanating from some recent major rail and road projects that were ongoing.
Ikeazor reoresented by Mrs Toyin Agbenla, said this on Tuesday at the first stakeholders’ meeting on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge.
The minister said that when the Ibadan Rail line is completed, business and human traffic would increase astronomically thereby putting more pressures on Lagos as the industrial hub of the nation.
She noted that the completion of the Fourth Mainland Bridge would ease the movements of people and goods.
She added that the project is one of the veritable ways of adding value to the increased economic activities of the country.
The minister, however, noted that there is no development that will not carry its own environmental crises.
She said that many other countries of the world had experienced various environmental crises due to development, adding that such challenges were being resolved through right environmental policies.
“Much desirable as the project is, no doubts; it comes with a plethora of environmental problems, challenges and negative impacts.
“Some of the environmental issues involved in the construction of a massive bridge of this nature are the construction phase impacts like: swamp forest degradation, habitat fragmentation, liquefaction, and sedimentation.
“Others are: ground water impacts; biodiversity impacts from the alteration of wetland hydrology (severance); and some operational phase impacts like road traffic noise, unintended consequences of infrastructure improvement and Hphuman health impacts,” she said.
Ikeazor expressed hope that the stakeholders would forward far-reaching ideas and recommendations that would assist the Federal Government in making the proposed project a major development that is executed with the highest levels of environmental sustainability.
Earlier, in her address of welcome, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajude Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Works and Infrastructure said that the project was “another bold step of inclusive governance”.
“The proposed bridge, which has a length of 4.05km, will comprise a “twin 7 lane deck” (2 parallel decks).
“This will provide for both the present traffic needs and the future traffic growth needs as well as potential for a BRT network,” she said.
The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, represented by Mr Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser to the governor on Drainages and Water Resources, said that the completion of the Fourth Mainland Bridge would bring about a lot of economic development to Lagos State and Nigeria.
“We know the economic importance this project is going to have in Lagos.
“Various communities will benefit from this huge project, especially, those along tge cLagos-Ibadan Expressway, Bayeku, Isawo and its environ,” he said. .Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Peter Dada
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment on Wednesday expressed support for the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to help address various environmental challenges across the country.
Ikeazor made this known in a statement by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, the Director Press of the ministry in Abuja.
She said made the commitment when the National President of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Dr Dorothy Bassey and her team paid a courtesy visit to her office.
She said that the establishment would offer necessary expertise for certification of practitioners and the provision of much-needed manpower to address environmental issues in the country.
According to her, the establishment of such an institute has become necessary to streamline the practice of environmental scientists and enthusiasts in the sector.
“The establishment is also important to enable provide essential expertise certification and competency in handling various aspects of climate change, ecosystems and environment as a whole,’’ she said.
Ikeazor, however, assured the NES of the ministry’s readiness to collaborate with the organisation to enable enhance in the protection and conservation of the environment.
She said that the ministry would as well support the organisation in the implementation of the recent approved National Solid Waste Management Policy, National Forestry Policy and National Gender Action Plan on Climate Change.
She said that the National Gender Action Plan on Climate Change was to mainstream gender into climate change action that would further create jobs for women, youths and other vulnerable Nigerians.
“As part of environmental remediation, the Federal Government is committed to Mangroves restoration and protection across the country.’’
The minister called for collaboration from the NES to further deepen the knowledge and the creation of awareness among Nigerians on the numerous benefits to life sustenance and the ecosystems.
She decried the situation where Nigeria with about 11,600sq of coastline, spanning Bakassi Peninsular in Cross River State to Badagry in Lagos State had not one per cent of Marine protected areas.
“That is why the ministry is planning to roll out a National Mangrove Restoration Plan as it avails the country several benefits in terms of controlling coastal erosion, serve in the restoration of polluted areas and protect marine animals that provide a livelihood to the people.’’
Ikeazor, while enumerating actions taken by the ministry on environmental protection, she disclosed that the ministry was in the middle of amending the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act.
Ikeazor, however, promised to renew her earlier appeal at the appropriate time to Mr President upon her assumption of duty, to grant assent to the NOSDRAS Act.
“As the environmental regulator of oil and gas activities in the country, NOSDRA requires all the legal and administrative backing to operate successfully.
“What we have in the Ogoni clean-up today is lack of regulation and environment assessment of oil exploration in Nigeria with an amended bill, NOSDRA will be well equipped to check such excess and protect our environment.
“The environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, especially the Port Harcourt soot, the artisanal refining and the ‘kpo-fire’, are all as a result of inadequate regulations and non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment.”
Bassey had earlier said that the visit was in pursuance of the society resolve to intimate the ministry of their activities, seek an avenue for partnership in the protection of the environment and to enhance advocacy.
She said that the partnership was to serve as a vehicle to disseminate the ministry’s messages and policies to the grassroots and get the necessary feedback.
She said that NES was a foremost environmental body in Nigeria created in 1985 with presence in 26 State, adding that their activities were geared toward development and protection of the environment.
Bassey, however, solicited for the support of the minister and other stakeholders to facilitate the passage of the bill establishing the institute into law.
“We as a group has over the years sponsored the bill to establish a National Environmental Institute of Nigeria in the National Assembly without success.
“We recently represented it for consideration. The bill is to ensure that only those with requisite skills and expertise should be allowed to take part in environmental issues and consultancy.’’
Mr Abel Enitan, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, commended the organisation for taking interest in the ministry’s activities and their commitment to environmental issues.
‘’I can only assure you that the ministry is ready and desirous of partnering with a serious, credible and well-organised entity, society and groups to drive the agenda of making our environment more conducive and sustainable in line with the socio-political mandates of this administration and other levels.’’
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