The Federal Ministry of Environment is partnering with German foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to conduct nationwide youth consultations on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) enhancement in the country.
Mr Seyifunmi Adebote, an environmentalist and State Coordinator, International Climate Change Development Initiative, made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adebote said that the nationwide consultations would bring meaningful youth engagement into Nigeria’s NDC enhancement process and in tracking the implementation process.
“In continued efforts to ensure youth involvement and active engagement in climate policy development, the ministry of environment is partnering with a non-profit German foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to conduct a nationwide youth consultations on (NDC) enhancement in Nigeria.
“Building upon the International Youth Day event and the virtual validation workshop of NDC Youth Action Manual which held Aug. 12 and 25 respectively, the National Youth Climate Consultation on NDC Enhancement in Nigeria will establish clear plans.
“The plans will be for permanent and meaningful youth engagement in Nigeria’s NDC process beyond the current enhancement, including in the wider activities of the ministry
“It will be recalled that Nigeria had youths as part of its official delegation for the first time at the Conference of Parties during the COP25 in Madrid and this is furtherance of such concrete engagement.
“The sectors are agriculture, energy, oil and gas, industry, transport, water, waste management group and cross-cutting issues, finance and investment, gender and youth.
“ Nigerian youths are encouraged to be a part by registering to attend via https://bit.ly/3hVp2xd.
“The NDCs, which embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and central to the achievement of these long-term goals.’’
Adebote said that Nigeria and 185 other countries submitted their first NDCs in 2015 and Nigeria was planning to submit the revised NDC by 1st quarter of 2021.
“Considering that the NDCs are submitted every five years to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, an updated NDC is required for all party members,’’ he said.
He said that each climate plan reflects the country’s ambition for reducing emissions, taking into account its domestic circumstances and capabilities.
The coordinator said that the updated NDCs were expected to enhance the ambition of the Paris Agreement and provide a progression compared to the previous NDC while reflecting its highest possible ambition.
“Until recently, only four parties have submitted their second NDCs, namely Moldova, the Marshall Islands, Suriname and Norway.’’
He said that the consultation was expected to hold virtually on Sept. 11, via zoom with Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment and Daniel Mann, Resident Representative of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Nigeria expected to deliver crucial remarks.
He added that Samira Ibrahim, the Centre Director, Centre for Policy Research and Development Solutions would moderate the event.
Mr Huzi Mshelia, NDC Revision Coordinator, Department of Climate Change of the ministry, Olumide Idowu, Co-founder, International Climate Change Development Initiative and Adebote, Host, Climate Talk Podcast will be speaking at the event.
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The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), has expressed the determination of the military to partner the Federal Ministry of Environment to ensure protection of the national environmental eco-system in the Niger-Delta zone.
Magashi, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Mohammad Abdulkadri, gave the assurance when he hosted the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the ‘Next Level’ agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to secure the nation’s territorial integrity had started yielding results in the Niger Delta.
According to him, various military campaigns have been carried out in the zone to curb oil thefts through illegal refineries, pipeline vandalism as well as the degradation and desecration of the land by hoodlums.
He said that the visit of the environment minister would help in up-scaling inter-ministerial synergy for environmental sustainability to clean up the region of activities of economic saboteurs.
The minister expressed the willingness of the defence ministry to collaborate and cooperate with its environment counterpart to ensure sanity and safety in the dark spots of oil spillage in the region.
Speaking earlier, Ikeazor said that the unregulated and unauthorised refineries in the Niger Delta were the most challenging environmental issue in the zone.
She, however, sought the support of the defence minister to stop the illegal refiners from sabotaging the nation’s economic assets.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Idris Musa, the Director-General, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), made presentation on the quantum of damage to oil infrastructure, economic losses and government’s stability efforts.
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The Federal Government says it is considering a National Mangrove Restoration Project that will deliver environmental and sustainable livelihood benefits for people living in the Niger Delta region.Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment, made this known in a statement issued by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, the Director Press in the Ministry.Ikeazor said the project would serve as measures toward ensuring the protection of mangroves and oceans in the country.She announced this as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the 2020 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.The International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2015, and it is celebrated on July 26 of every year.The theme for this year’s celebration is “Towards a Sustainable Use of Mangrove Wood Resources ”.According to her, the Federal Government is ready to support any programme that will help in promoting healthy mangrove ecosystem in the country.She said that Nigeria has the largest mangrove cover in Africa, and the fourth largest in the world, adding that over 60 per cent of these mangroves, equivalent to 6,000 square kilometres, are found in the Niger Delta region.“Physically, they serve as buffers between marine and terrestrial communities; protect shorelines from damaging winds, waves and floods; and reduce coastal erosion.“Mangrove thickets improve water quality by filtering pollutants and trapping sediments from the land.“Ecologically, they provide habitat for a diverse array of terrestrial organisms and support a rich biodiversity.; their soils are highly effective carbon sinks, sequestering vast amounts of carbon, thereby reducing Greenhouse Gases,” she said.The minister called on individuals and corporate organizations to support government’s effort in making sure that mangroves are restored and protected across the country.“The Federal Government is demonstrating its commitment to the conservation and management of the mangroves by signing and ratifying some multilateral agreements, such as Abidjan Convention, Ramsar Convention and Maputo Convention, among others.”She disclosed that Nigeria has joined and committed to the 30By30 Global Ocean Alliance, a UK-led initiative, aimed at protecting 30 per cent of the global oceans within Marine Protected area by 2030.“The government, through the Department of Forestry, is undertaking a Mangrove Restoration Project, known as ‘Mangrove for Life Project, aimed to restore degraded and manage existing mangrove forests in Nigeria.“This project is being implemented through Wetlands International (Africa) and Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation.“In addition, the Department of Forestry and the National Park Service have conducted a coastal study to identify potential marine protected areas.”Ikeazor said that four reserve sites were identified and assessed in the study which include Taylor Creek Forest, Num Forest, Apoi Creek Forest and Edumanon Forest, all in Bayelsa State.According to her, the assessment indicated that two (Apoi Creek Forest Reserve and Edumanon Forest Reserve) of the four sites are viable for upgrading to the status of Marine Protected area. FEdited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
The Ministry of Environment says it will collaborate with Australian Government to address some environmental issues affecting Nigeria.
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment made this known while receiving the Australian High Commissioner, Ms Claire Ireland on Monday in Abuja.
Ikeazor said that the Australian high commission had being working closely with the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines and Steel where they share ideas on environmental and mineral resources issues.
“Bear in mind that Australian and Nigeria are common wealth Nations, we come together to tackle climate change crisis and come up with solution.
” The Australia High Commission has done a documentary about mentoring and having young girls in leadership position, so that the young girls can take over from us when we expire,” she said.
Speaking, Ireland said that both countries have similarities on environment, climate, soil and natural resources, such as minerals, saying both countries have a lot to share with each other.
“I am the first female high commissioner in Nigeria and environment is an area I have passion for, I am looking for opportunity to work together and also support women.
“Australian has large coastal line and we have mangrove issues like Nigeria but we have the experience in restoring mangrove, which we will also share with Nigeria,” she said.
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The Federal Government has developed policies, institutional and legislative capacities to enhance effective and far-reaching actions to reduce impact of drought and desertification in Nigeria.
The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, made this known during the World Desertification Day “Abuja 2020” with the theme: ‘Food, Feed, Fibre’ on Wednesday in Abuja.
The 2020 World Desertification Day was celebrated at the Bwari Area Council.
Abubakar listed some of the policies and actions to include, the National Policy on Drought and Desertification, National Drought Plan, and Implementation of a number programmes and projects aimed at combating desertification, land degradation.
He said the policies would help to mitigate the impacts of drought such as sand dune, stabilisation, development of shelter belts and wind brakes, woodlot establishment among others.
According to him, the Great Green Wall initiative is an example of a regional programme involving West African partners and it is aimed at providing long-term solution to desertification and land degradation within African sub region.
He said that government has also recognised the importance of partnership in tackling the hydra-headed problem of desertification, adding that it has facilitated the involvement of NGOs/CSOs as well as donor organisations.
“The Nigerian government is currently considering going into partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on management of the risk of sand and dust storms.
” Government is concerned about the disruption of ecological system caused by poor land use, population pressure and the devastating activities of insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country with dire consequences of land degradation among others,” he said.
The Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello, said over the last few decades, the terrible effects of desertification and drought have become more pronounced in many parts of the world.
Bello, represented by Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Permanent Secretary of FCT, said that human activities to a very large extent have contributed to this phenomenon due to over exploitation and inappropriate land use, poverty, political instability, wars, deforestation among others.
He said as global populations became larger, wealthier and more urban, there was a far greater demand for land to provide food, animal feed and fibre for clothing.
“It is therefore imperative to have enough productive land to meet the demands of an increasing global population, lifestyles need to change rising from the individual to community levels.
” We have, for instance, suspended all changes in land use and commenced, with the collaboration and cooperation of the private sector, aggressive tree planting across our highways.
“We have also adopted and implementing the policy of planting three trees for every one that is cut,” he said.
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State, Environment in her goodwill message said that desertification remains a serious challenge to development, especially in the northern part of the country and the sub-Sharan region.
Ikeazor, represented by Mrs Mabel Emmanuel, the Director, Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought Management of the ministry, said that the theme of this year desertification and drought day was very apt and requires a change of public attitudes.
She called for adoption of stringent measures to sustainably manage and conserve our limited resources, halt and reserve land degradation, reclaim and restore the degraded land and ensure land degradation neutrality.
Dr Bawuro Yahaya, the Board Chairman, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), appreciated the effort of the ministry.
He assured that the board would work with the ministry in tree planting to green the ecosystem.
Mr John Gabaya, the Chairman, Bwari Area Council, said that the council would collaborate with the ministry in tree planting to curb desertification.
At the end of the event the ministry empowered some women at the Bwari Area Council with some efficient cooking stoves.
The Minister and dignitaries also planted trees in the council to commemorate the day.
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The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Revd. Adewale Martins, has called on NGOs to take up the challenge of partnering with youths in Nigeria to restore whatever that was lost in the environment.
Martins made the call on Saturday
in Abuja at a programme
commemorating the 2020 World Environment Day and the Fifth Anniversary of “Laudato Si”.
“Laudato Si” is the second encyclical of Pope Francis that called on people of the world to take swift and unified global action against consumerism and irresponsible development, environmental degradation and global warming.
It was contained in a statement issued by Mr Oladapo Soneye, Head, Communications, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF).
The archbishop, also the Grand Patron, Network of Young Catholic Carers for the Environment in Nigeria (NYCCEN), said more than ever before, youths should be engaged to achieve conservation of the environment.
According to him, it will be more encouraging when we see more organisations taking up the challenge to work with youths to restore what we have lost in the environment just like what NYCCEN and NCF are doing.
He expressed his appreciation in the collaboration between NYCCEN and NCF in mobilising the teeming youths to care for the environment, now on the verge of collapse.
Also, the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, said that faith-based organisations have unparalleled reach and mobilisation power, because of the large numbers of their devotees in every corner of Nigeria.
Ikeazor said she believed that faith-based organisations have enormous potential to influence national and global policy and tip the scales positively on the global movement needed to address environmental challenges.
She added that young people were socially conscious active agents of change, responsible idealists and well versed in technology to combat environmental crises facing the country.
“The Federal Ministry of Environment is working, and will continue to work with youths in our efforts to restore, protect and conserve Mother Nature.
“Most of our ecological interventions are community-based,” the minister said.
Also, Dame Marie Fatayi-Williams, NYCCEN Initiator, expressed displeasure at the rate human activities continued to pose great threat to the environment.
Fatayi-Williams said that this was making the earth one huge dump site, which has become an existential threat for all.
“This is a time to be sorry for our cruelty to creation for our plundering and overexploitation of its riches, consumption habits and lifestyle that had led to the loss of biodiversity, pollution, climate change, disease and poverty,” she said.
Fatayi-Williams applauded the Pope’s ‘Laudato Si’ initiative, which had spurred interest and participation from youths, especially the plastic recycling to bricks.
She said that it would help put money in the hands of the poor and unemployed youths.
Commenting, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, NCF Director-General, revealed how the foundation engaged Nigerian youths in 2019 to combat climate change.
, in his presentation titled “All Hands on Deck: Building an Inter-faith Youth Movement for the Environment in Nigeria”.
Aminu-Kano said in 2019, the foundation embarked on a nationwide youths advocacy on climate action which involved over one thousand youths to call for urgent action from the governments, businesses and individuals.
He said that youths comprising secondary school pupils, tertiary institution students, religious groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) were constantly being engaged in environmental education, waste management, beach clean-up exercise, recycling and tree planting.
“NCF is developing Youth Action Manual on Climate Change for youths from ages five to 25 years to guide their efforts,” Aminu-Kano said.
Commenting, Prof. Rosemary Egonmwan, Head, Conservation Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Lagos (UNILAG), said that robust biodiversity and healthy ecosystems were essential in any country for sustainable development and human wellbeing.
“It is, therefore, very important to conserve biodiversity and use its components in a sustainable manner in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Apart from serving as a source of inspiration, information, tourism and recreation, Nigeria’s biodiversity also satisfies scientific and educational pursuits,” she said.
Also, Revd. (Fr.) Joshtrom Kureethadam, Coordinator, Ecology and Creation, Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development, shared a seven-year action plan of ‘Laudato Si’ Initiative.
Kureethadam said the essence was to make communities around the world to be totally sustainable in the spirit of the integral ecology of ‘Laudato Si’.
The coordinator said that actions would commence from families and run through primary and secondary schools, universities, Catholic Churches, hospitals, businesses, farms and religious groups.
NYCCEN was established by catholic youths who are passionate about the environment.
They engaged other young Catholics in using available means and platforms to campaign for restoration of harmony between man and earth.
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Dr Muhammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment has inaugurated 15 man Project Board/Steering Committee to ensure environmentally sound management and disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Nigeria.
Abubakar, who inaugurated the committees on Tuesday in Abuja, tasked them to demonstrate a high sense of national patriotism, integrity and responsibility toward actualising the elimination of PCBs and associated burdens of morbidity and mortality in Nigeria
PCBs are classes of chlorinated organic chemicals that are used for a variety of industrial and commercial purposes. PCBs are not single chemical, but a group of related chemicals.
The ban on PCBs under Toxic Substances Control Act was primarily due to mounting scientific evidence that it accumulate in the environment and can adversely impact on human and other biota.
The minister said bodies of scientific evidences had revealed for over 50 years that these characteristics that made PCBs popular additives also represent humongous threats to human and environment well being, irrespective of creed or caste.
“Apart from being associated with burdens of diseases such as damage to the immune system, liver, skin and reproductive system, the International Agency for Research Cancer (IARC-WHO) has clarified some PCBs as Class 1 carcinogens.
” Nigeria joined the global community in negotiating, adopting and ratifying the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in 2001, which listed PCBs in the initial register of 12 POPs also known as dirty dozen
He said the ministry had accessed incremental supports of Global Environmental Facility(GEF) and the UNDP for the implantation of the environmentally sound management and disposal of PCBs in Nigeria which has five different components.
He said the components include institutional capacity and training on PCBs, inventory of PCBs in 22 states of Nigeria not previously covered by other inventories.
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment said no doubt the expertise and resources on board pooled together would achieve smooth and result oriented project implementation.
Mr Charles Ikeah, the Chairman of the committee said the project which had a time frame of five years started in 2018 and to end in 2023.
“The project started in 2018 but the committee is being inaugurated today by the minister due to some hiccups which have been addressed,” he said.
He promised that the committee would work assiduously to ensure the success of the project.
No fewer than 10 buildings including a school and church have collapsed at Obeleagu St. and Nkissi Aroli axis of Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra following erosion caused by downpour.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obeleagu community in Onitsha metropolis has been threatened by gully erosion which has turned into an unending nightmare for the people of the area.
NAN recalls that the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor accompanied by the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Nkem Okeke had in October 2019, inspected the erosion site and promised that work would be carried out on the site.
However, member representing Onitsha North 2 State Constituency, Mr Edward Ibuzo described the situation as “an emergency that needs urgent attention”.
Ibuzo, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, expressed sadness that the erosion had continued to worsen each time it rained.
“The issues have been discussed at the plenary of the state House of Assembly and we have informed the state governor, even the Federal Government had some time ago sent a delegation to inspect the damage.
“Things like this should be taken seriously because it involves lives and property which is the responsibility of government,” the lawmaker said.
While promising to draw the attention of NEWMAP to the erosion site, Ibuzo advised residents of the area to relocate pending when palliative work would be carried on the site.
A resident of the area, Mr Godwin Aniakor expressed sadness that several property had been destroyed due to the erosion.
Aniakor, who said the erosion had rendered many citizens homeless, noted that it started eight years ago.
He described the level of menace as “devastating and worrisome” and urged both the federal and state government to come to their rescue.
Another resident, Mr Christian Onwudinjo, who was seen dismantling the structure of his building said they were living in danger therefore had to make plans for relocation.
Onwudinjo also appealed to the government to intervene in the situation as the erosion might worsen and lead to unavoidable deaths as well as further loss of property.
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The Federal Ministry of Environment has called for increased efforts to restore and preserve natural ecosystem as the world marks 50th anniversary of the World Earth Day.
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State of the ministry made the call in a statement by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, the Director, Press of the ministry on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ikeazor said that the call became imperative as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s world earth day amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also called for a concerted global action to end COVID-19.
Ikeazor said that Nigeria was on the right track in addressing coronavirus disease as well as other life threatening diseases such as Lassa fever and the like.
The World Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, every year and this year’s commemoration marks 50 years of the modern environmental movement.
The world earth day that started in 1970, gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of the planet.
This year’s theme is: “Climate Action, and see the opportunities it presents’’.
The minister also called for concerted enhanced waste management systems and climate change mitigation.
Ikeazor said that the earth day stimulates worldwide awareness of climate change and the environment.
“And it should enhance stronger government political commitment and massive public action to address all environmental issues including the pandemic.”
“Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and life support systems that make our world habitable.
“To mark this year’s event in Nigeria, we would focus on inspiring, sensitising and enlightening Nigerians to take action to mitigate climate change in line with this year’s theme.
“This year’s event will be the first digital earth day largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In light of this, the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the British High Commission in Nigeria will be organising a webinar to present National Climate Action.
“To discuss the relationship between climate change and health, as well as sustainable recovery from COVID-19.
“It is the first of its kind and we are taking advantage of technology to reach out to people in Nigeria and beyond with our message.
“Climate change is a reality that is having disproportionate negative impacts on especially the poor in developing countries, and mostly felt in our local communities here in Nigeria.
” I am optimistic that there is a growing recognition that is affordable and scalable solutions that are available now to enable us to advance to cleaner, resilient societies and economies, turning the challenges of climate action into opportunities,” she said.
She said that the Federal Government had scaled up its commitment to mitigate, adapt and promote the capacity for resilience to the impacts of climate change in the country.
According to her, the ministry, through the Department of Climate Change, in fulfilment of the Paris Agreement has developed a draft Sectoral Action Plan (SAP) for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
“We are currently reviewing the National Policy on Climate Change for more effectiveness with readiness for Nigeria’s National Adaptation Plan Framework for Climate Change (NAPs-Framework).
“Also, there is a sustained effort to sensitise the citizenry to adopt clean technologies to meet Nigeria’s emission reduction target; even as we have developed the National Forest Reference Emission Factor Level (FREL) and submitted to the UNFCCC.
“We are thinking ahead because we want the environment to be a priority as we recover from COVID-19 to enable cus build a healthier and more sustainable future.”
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The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor says the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act is being amended to give it more implementation power.
Ikeazor made this known when a delegation of the Coalition for Socio Ecological Transformation of Nigeria (COSET), a civil society organisation, paid a courtesy call on her in Abuja.
“We are amending the NOSDRA Act to make it more effective to give it more power to implement; though it seems to be somehow in competition with the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) but all that will end with the amendment.
“We have had the first stakeholders meeting engagement with everyone in that sector; we just ended a meeting at the National Assembly and we will continue to have such engagements until that amendment is done for NOSDRA to take its place in regulating the oil and gas sector,” she said.
Ikeazor said the ministry had seen the United Nations Environment (UNEP) and Nigeria, through the ministry of environment was carrying out remediation of damaged environment.
She said that in spite of government’s remediation effort, somewhere in the Niger Delta, illegal refineries were causing more damage.
She said that Port Harcourt soot was the consequence of such act, adding that the laboratory test proved it and that the NOSDRA laboratory result also showed that the particles were from crude oil combustion.
She said the ministry was working closely with the Joint Task Force, the Navy and security forces to tackle the issue of illegal refineries.
She assured Nigerians that the government would continue to work to curb gas flaring that damaged environments and called on Nigerians to always conserve and protect the forest and ecosystem for safety.
Earlier, Mr Nnimmo Bassey, the Leader of the delegation said that COSET was established in 2018 and drew membership from civil society organisations, the media and community groups on environmental issues among others.
According to Bassey, the coalition’s objective is to mobilise, sensitise and educate citizens and stakeholder groups on the Socio-ecological Transformation (SET) alternative.
He said that it also worked to conduct research and generate knowledge on gas flaring, climate change, energy democracy and just transition and proffer viable alternatives among others.
He said that CoSET considered gas flaring an illegal and harmful practice with far reaching negative impacts on people and the environment, thus the introduction of its gas flaring campaign.
Bassey said the flaring of gas was a key source of greenhouse emissions, contributing significantly to global warming and climate change with Nigeria reeling under disastrous climate impacts.
He said that communities in which flare sites were located suffered untold hardships as a direct consequence of their exposure to these toxic flares, including shocking reduction in life expectancy, deadly illnesses, poisoned food systems, and destroyed livelihoods.
He said that gas flaring also led to an estimated 2.5 billion dollars worth of gas being wasted annually as routinely flared gas, a practice that was an economically wasteful one.
Bassey said that the group came to seek the support of the ministry of environment to pronounce actual date to end gas flaring and that the ministry should act as a driving force in ending gas flaring and not abdicate its duty to Petroleum Ministry.
He said the group encouraged the ministry to reproduce the kind of assertiveness that characterised its work during the Ogoni Clean-up, especially during the flag-off days.
He said that CoSET requested the ministry to compel oil companies to make public their plans for ending gas flaring and managing associated gas and carry out a health audit on the impact of gas flaring in affected communities.
He said that CoSET would work in synergy with the ministry of environment and be part of subsequent relevant national consultation or engagement in our areas of focus.
Mr Ulrich Thum, the Resident Representative of the Fredrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) office in Abuja, said that FES was in collaboration with CoSET to work for the total wellbeing of peoples, communities and the natural environment.
Thum said that FES was also supporting the coalition for ecological transformation by identifying issues, especially on gas flaring and looking for possible solutions to them.
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