Experts Urge FG To Convert Waste To Wealth And Job Creation

Waste, EnvironmentEnvironment experts have urged the Federal Government to convert Nigeria’s industrial, municipal and domestic waste to wealth for the country and jobs for the citizens.

The experts, who are specialised in waste and asset management say Nigeria has thousands of tonnes of waste from its large population which can be recycled or converted to energy for power generation.

Speaking at the forum on Wednesday on Assets and Waste Management in Abuja, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, noted that at least 90,000 Britons earn a living managing waste.

He asked Nigeria to tap into this opportunity which environmentalists said was a great option in economy diversification.

The experts, however, noted that before Nigeria’s waste can be converted to wealth, public enlightenment is necessary before legislation and enforcement will follow.

They also expressed the need for the government to buy into the programme for it to be possible.

In their remarks, the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, and a consultant, Chidi Umeano, also proposed waste management as a good source of income for Nigeria, considering the increasing population.

Channels Television’s Omelogo Nnadi, reports that Nigeria’s population has been estimated to hit 250 million by 2050, adding that this increase in population also means a huge increase in waste generated, both domestic and industrial.

Governor Amosun Unveils 2016 Ogun Investors’ Forum

Investors' ForumThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has asked genuine investors to take advantage of the business friendly atmosphere being put in place by the state government and invest in the state.

He made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, while unveiling the 3rd Ogun State Investors’ Forum slated for between May 10 and 11.

With the theme; ‘Environment, Agriculture, Transportation: Ogun State Emerging Economic Power House’, the event will focus on drawing attention to the opportunities in the environment, transportation and agriculture sector of the state economy.

While giving a clean bill of health to the state’s economic standing despite the current financial challenges, Governor Amosun said that the state has not done badly. He put the debt profile of the state at 65 billion Naira.

Commenting on the two previous editions of the investors’ forum, the Governor said that the state has been able to attract well over 100 million dollar investments in various sectors of the economy.

He expressed optimism that the 2016 edition would attract more successes to the state.

Amosun, Wife Advocate Hygienic Environment In Ogun

Amosun-Environment-OgunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his wife, Olufunso have led an awareness campaign on the need for a greener environment.

The campaign was part of measures to safe humanity from the current scourge of the effects of depletion of the ozone layer, which has resulted in the excessive heat being experienced across Nigeria.

Addressing market men and women, as well as people of the state during the walk on Friday, Mrs Amosun asked residents to be more responsible and responsive to the environment in order to ensure a healthy life for all.

The awareness campaign was taken round major markets and streets in Abeokuta the state capital.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Dayo Adeneye, also joined the league where residents were enlightened on the need to maintain good personal hygiene to reduce outbreak of diseases.

Lagos Defends Action On Oshodi Demolition

oshodiThe Lagos State government has come out boldly to defend its action in the demolition of Owonifari market in Oshodi, insisting that the action was taken in the overall interest of public good, safety and security.

The state government made its position known at a joint press briefing addressed by the state’s Ministries of Information and Strategy, The Environment, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and the Office of Civic Engagement.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said that there was no illegality in the demolition as the traders were adequately notified before the exercise took place as required by law.

He explained further that government engaged with the leadership of the market severally before carrying out the demolition exercise.

In addition to this, the State Government said it has constructed an alternative market stall for the traders which can conveniently accommodate over 600 shops and hundreds of key clamps.

They agreed to subsidize payment by giving shops at the new market at a monthly give away price of 5,000 Naira.

Gender Barriers Will Be Broken In Nigeria – Jonathan

In a congratulatory message to all Nigerian Women as they  celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day , President Goodluck Jonathan has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that gender barriers are broken in the country.

Speaking in line with this year’s theme, “A Promise is a Promise: Time For Action To End Violence Against Women” which was chosen by the United Nations, President Jonathan stated that he had already taken steps to empower Nigerian women.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, the President revealed that he had already acted on his promise to break gender barriers citing women in key positions approved by his administration, citing the appointment of the first female Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar.

He also cited the female ministers in “very important ministries” such as Finance, Petroleum, Communications Technology, Education, Water Resources, Housing, Environment, Power, Defence and the Federal Capital Territory.

He also noted his authorizing the admission of women to the Nigerian Defence Academy and their commissioning as combatants in the Armed Forces.

“The President assures Nigerian women that he is determined to take their empowerment a step forward by working to ensure that they also get better representation in elective offices in future” the statement read.

He also pledged the federal government’s full support for “COMMIT”– the new United Nations initiative which calls on leaders worldwide to take a stand to end violence against women and girls.

The International Women’s Day is slated for every 8th of March.

I’ll Open Ladipo Market After You Clean It Up, Fashola Tells Traders

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde  Fashola, on Sunday informed displaced traders of the Ladipo auto spare parts market that the closed business arena would be re-opened after it is cleaned up and put in order.

During an inspection tour of the market in Mushin Local Government Area, Governor Fashola stated that the Government would reopen it for business once the traders spearhead a clean-up exercise and formally undertake that never again would trading take place on the road or the edges of the canal.

“It is a massive degradation of a section of Lagos and this is not acceptable. People should not carry on like this. But what is, perhaps, worthy of note is that those who are involved have seen the error of what they have done here and are ready to work with us to clean-up and I have said here that they must take the lead”, the Governor said.

The market had been was shut last week Monday following repeated warnings and visits by the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello and the Chairman of the Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, CSP Bayo Sulaiman, which were not heeded.

Governor Fashola visited the environs following pleas by the traders and the leadership of the Igbo Council in Lagos State led by Professor Anya O. Anya.

Fashola told the traders the conditions they must meet before the market can be open for business activities.

“You will clean first and when you have done it, I will come back and I will bring members of your leadership who came to me and we will say this is the agreement now. We will sign a new agreement, nobody trades on the road, it must be behind the property line. Nobody trades on the pavement, it is for pedestrians”, the Governor said.

Flood update: Environmentalist calls for post impact assessment

An Environmentalist, Idowu Salawu on Thursday said the states that received monies from the Federal Government to ameliorate their flooding problems should spend part of that fund in conducting post impact assessment studies.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Salawu cautioned the State governors that the monies should not be spent on frivolous jamborees but must be targeted at helping those displaced by the floods.

“The money is not for jamboree,” he said.

“If I am one of the lawmaker or policy maker saddled with the responsibility of managing this fund, I will take 10 percent of that money to carry out post impact assessment study of the flood impacted areas,” he added.

Flood kills four in Niger

Four persons have died as a result of heavy rain in Bosso and Zungeru areas of Niger state.

Some eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television said two brothers Abubakar and Abbdullahi Gwaibaita of Gungel village in Bosso Local government area were swept away by the flood which had made movement difficult while returning from farm.

The two others were Fulani herdsmen who were found dead in the raging flood in Zungeru the headquarters of Wushishi Local government area of the state.

It was gathered that the herdsmen were overpowered by the flood which landed them on a rock leading to their instant death.

Several houses, rice and sugarcane farmlands in Wuya Kede, Wuya Kanti, Batati and Muregi all in Mokwa local government area of the state were also swept away by the floods

Akwa Ibom: Exxon Mobil says begins oil spill clean-up

ExxonMobil’s said on Tuesday it was helping clean up an oil spill near its facility off the Nigeria’s southeast coast, although the company wasn’t yet sure what caused the leak.

Mobil Producing Nigeria, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), confirmed last week oil had been sighted near Ibeno in Akwa Ibom state but the source was unknown.

Local fishing communities blame Mobil for the spill, which they say has cut off their livelihood.

“Mobil … confirms it is assisting with the clean-up in cooperation with local authorities,” company spokesman Nigel Cookey-Gam said.
“The source of the hydrocarbon remains unknown as fingerprinting of collected samples is ongoing … Mobil remains committed to ensuring that the health and environment of our neighbouring communities are protected.”

Oil spills are common in Africa’s top energy producer and stretches of the Niger Delta, a fragile wetlands environment, are coated in crude. Thousands of barrels are spilled every year and lax enforcement means there are few penalties.

Oil firms say the majority of spills are due to armed oil thieves hacking into or blowing up pipelines to steal crude, an activity they estimate saps nearly a fifth of Nigeria’s output.

Total plugs gas leak in Niger Delta, no further well needed

French oil major Total has plugged a gas leak in southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta region and no longer needs to drill an additional relief well to curb its flow, a spokesman said on Friday.

The leak occurred in March on a block that also contains crude oil in Rivers state, one of the three main states that make up the Niger Delta, a vast wetlands region in the southeast where Africa’s biggest energy industry is based.

Block OML 58 also produced around 76,000 barrels per day of oil in 2004 and this increased in 2008, the company says. No oil was spilling from the leak.

“This operation has done the job. As a result the relief well is no longer necessary. The gas leak has been plugged,” spokesman Fred Ohwahwa said by telephone.

The cement seal for the well was in the process of being finalised, but the leak had stopped, he said.

Nigeria remains a small player in the gas business.

Its oil producing region has one of the world’s worst records on oil and gas spills and pollution. Accidents and pipeline ruptures are commonplace.

Shell said it had started repair work on the Nembe Creek Trunkline, a major pipeline whose closure this month caused the company to declare force majeure on 60,000 barrels per day of Bonny Light earlier this month.

“The team will tackle eight other illegal bunkering points as it continues to re-assert the integrity of the facility,” a statement late on Wednesday said.

“When you add the cost of repairs to the facility downtime and loss of revenue, it becomes clear how crude theft has denied Nigeria of badly needed revenue,” Tony Attah, Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment, Shell Sub-Saharan Africa, added.

The company blamed oil thieves on the pipeline, which weaves through the delta’s creeks largely unpoliced and has been a frequent target for thieves. The company says its Nigeria joint venture is losing 43,000 bpd of crude a day to oil theft.

Lagos to seize clothes spread in open places

The Lagos state government says it would start to seize clothes spread on balcony railings, along major highways, bridges, railings on landscape sites, walkways and other open public spaces across the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello, who made the declaration on Wednesday during an inspection tour to some areas in the state, said those who engaged in the “uncivilised acts” would be prosecuted according to the state sanitation laws.
According to him, public buildings, bridges and residential buildings along major highways in the state, especially on Kingsway and Awolowo roads are often used by citizens to spread their clothes.
“Some of the private and government buildings on these routes have been turned into drycleaners lines for the spreading of washed clothes along many highways and inner streets. This act is also noticeable in areas where we have large concentration of mechanic workshops as well as along drainage alignments”, he said.
The commissioner urged residents to spread their washed clothes within the confines of their environment, instead of littering public places. He further admonished landlords to educate their security guards on the implications of the act, saying the government would not hesitate to apply the full sanctions of sanitation laws on any culprit.