Amosun Warns Manufacturers Against Environmental Degradation

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Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has warned manufacturers in the state to refrain from activities that are capable of destroying the environment.

The governor also asked them to shun practices that could lead to desertification, environmental pollution, deforestation and other hazards occasioned by poor handling of the environment.

He gave the warning at the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) held in Ota area of the state.

Governor Amosun, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, however, urged the manufacturers and other stakeholders to support the government in protecting the environment.

“Recent happenings around the world have made it imperative for us all to begin to address the issue of over-exploitation of the environment and the impact on its sustainability.”

The governor stressed that his administration has continued to empower relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to carry out prompt oversight functions in industries and business premises across the state aimed at promoting best practices.

He commended MAN for taking steps to sensitise its members on the best industrial waste disposal system and curbing degradation while sourcing for raw materials.

“Undoubtedly, industrialisation plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of any state, it is a panacea for the eradication of poverty and unemployment; industrialisation process involves tapping natural resources to meet the needs of mankind. It is however important that we strike a balance in the way we explore and exploit these resources without destroying the ecosystem”.

The governor said his administration would continue to leverage on the cordial relationship that exists between it and the association to chart better ways of improving the commercial status of the state.

Earlier, the Chairman of MAN, Ogun State branch, Mr Wale Adegbite, commended Governor Amosun for his commitment to the growth and sustenance of the manufacturing sector.

He noted that the association would continue to work in accordance with government policies to ensure a healthy environment for people of the state.

Amosun Seeks Manufacturers’ Support In Environmental Sustainability

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The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has called on all stakeholders, especially manufacturers to support government in tackling head-on, environmental degradation in the state.

Governor Amosun gave the charge at the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) themed: “Developing a Workable Work Plan for Environmental Sustainability, Cost Implications, Benefits and Drawback” which held in Ota area of the state.

The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, urged manufacturers and other stakeholders to support government in protecting the environment by refraining from activities that could lead to desertification, environmental pollution, deforestation and other hazards occasioned by poor handling of the environment.

“Recent happenings around the world have made it imperative for us all to begin to address the issue of over-exploitation of the environment and the impact on its sustainability,” he said.

The governor noted that it was to this end that his administration had continued to empower relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to carry out their oversight functions in industries and business premises across the State towards promoting best practices.

He commended MAN for taking steps to sensitize its members on the best industrial waste disposal system and how to curb degradation, while sourcing for raw materials.

“Undoubtedly, industrialization plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of any State. It is a panacea for eradication of poverty and unemployment. Industrialization process involves tapping natural resources to meet the needs of mankind. It is however important that we strike a balance in the way we explore and exploit these resources without destroying the Eco-system.”

Amosun noted that his administration would continue to leverage the cordial relationship that exists between it and the association to chart better ways of improving the commercial status of the state.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of MAN, Ogun State branch, Mr Wale Adegbite, commended the governor for his commitment to the growth and sustenance of the manufacturing sector, adding that the association would continue to work in tandem with government policies to ensure a healthy environment for the state.

Oyebode Debunks Claim Of Crude Oil Ownership By Northern Elders

Akin-Oyebode-Professor-of-Intl-LawA renowned Professor of International Law, Akin Oyebode, has debunked a claim by some northern elders that the oil resources of the Niger Delta should be controlled by them because of their vast land.

The Professor described the argument as mischievous and provocative.

He went on state that the principle of burden and benefit, provides that when a people suffer degradation and pollution as a result of oil exploration activities, they should also have the privilege of enjoying the benefits from such activities.

As a way of resolving this dispute, Oyebode has therefore called for the adoption of the 2014 National Conference Resolution on Derivation Formula.

Kogi Govt. To Set Up Committe Against Illegal Felling Of Trees

Kogi, Felling of treesThe Kogi state government has resolved to set up a committee to check arbitrary and illegal felling of trees in all the existing forest reserves across the state.

The State Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Rosemary Osikoya, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Lokoja.

The commissioner also told newsmen that the state government has placed a fine of 1.5 million per truck on anybody caught in the act of deforestation of the reserves.

She condemned the destruction of 36 designated forest reserves across the state, assuring that government will not relent in its efforts to check the ugly trend.

”the state executive council today approves for the setting up of a committee to review kogi state specific laws, deterrent to illegal tree felling activities with severe penalties”.

Osikoya informed journalists that the council approved the recruitment of 100 forest reserves in the three senatorial districts of the state.

The Director-General Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwon, who also spoke to journalists, re-iterated the council’s resolve to ensure that transaction of government business in the state, followed due process in order to boost transparency and accountability in the system.

He intimated newsmen of the council’s resolution to retrieve all government vehicles that were illegally carted away by the immediate past political appointees.

Mr Fanwon expressed the council’s appreciation over the recent visit of the governor, Yahaya Bello, to some companies in Germany to seek their collaboration towards further development of the state.

NEWMAP Urges Communities To Avoid Environmental Degradation

NEWMAP, Environmental Degradation To achieve greater environmental and economic security, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP), has initiated a strategy, urging people to desist from activities that leads to environmental degradation.

The initiative is seen as a paradigm shift aimed at infrastructural intervention and social livelihood of affected communities.

The strategy seeks to discourage people from activities like land excavation, indiscriminate dumping of waste which subsequently lead to erosion, by empowering them with alternative means of livelihood and activity that would protect their environment.

NEWMAP prides itself as a multi-sectoral operation that targets seven southern states with acute gully erosion including Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo while laying a foundation for scaling up to other states nationwide.

These were among the issues discussed at a brief gathering by the NEWMAP, at Enugu, consisting of the World bank representatives, Federal and State ministry of Environment, to highlight project development objectives that would reduce vulnerability to soil erosion.

Thereafter, there was a visit to the Ugwu-uto community in Enugu, where over 150 indigenes were empowered with alternative means of livelihood.

This strategic paradigm shift, is expected to be a vital tool for tackle environmental degradation.

According to them, “it would stop people from engaging in activities that cause erosion, thereby also contributing to the government’s efforts to protect the environment”.

At the Ajalli water works, in Udi local government area of Enugu State, the erosion depth, spanned up to 30 meters and the twin tank reservoirs that supply water to the entire city, are being threatened by erosion while farmlands within the vicinity have been abandoned.

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management project have therefore begun intervention to save the city from impending danger and also resettled the farmers.

Niger Delta Youths Task Buhari on Infrastructure, Sustaining Amnesty

Niger DeltaNiger Delta youths under the aegis of Bridge Builders Of Nigeria (BOND) have called on the incoming administration to address problems of infrastructure and widespread poverty in the Niger Delta.

This is coming ahead of the May 29 swearing-in of General Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria.

At a news conference in Abuja, the Grand Patron of the group, Dibi Yankore, said that addressing the challenges facing the region would help in sustaining the peace and security that is currently being enjoyed in the region.

Issues of environmental degradation, lack of infrastructure and widespread poverty in the Niger Delta region were brought to the front burner as the Niger Delta youths attempted to set an agenda for the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari.

The association advised the incoming administration to fulfill its campaign promises in order to ensure the sociopolitical and economic growth of Nigeria as a nation.

At a separate news conference, another group, the Ijaw Youth Council appealed to the President-elect to sustain the amnesty programme established by the late President Musa Yar’adua for the rehabilitation of restive Niger Delta youths in order to ensure continuous peace in the region.

The President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, said that the sustenance of the programme would not only boost the nation’s oil resources but would continue to ensure peace in the Niger-Delta region.

They also appealed to all the youths of the Niger Delta region to support the incoming administration.

Fashola Re-Opens Ladipo Market

The Lagos State Government on Monday re-opened the Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market in Mushin area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria after two weeks of closure.

The market was shut by the government on 25 February as a result of filth at the market and environmental degradation.

Officials of the Lagos State Government and leadership of the market met on Monday and signed an agreement that the market must be kept clean always and that no street trading would be allowed on the streets.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello had said that some of the conditions that might warrant re-opening of the market include: complete removal of all illegal structures and attached structures built along canal paths and that traders must be confined to the main markets.

“Under no condition must they trade or solicit for customers on the main road, they must remove all shop attachments built round the market/canals, remove all derelict and abandoned vehicles parked within the market as far as the expressway, remediate all forms of degradation on the roads and market area, sort out waste management issues with LAWMA as they cannot continue to dump into the canals, ensure total cleaning of the entire market and adjoining streets which they have degraded, among others,” he said.

Mr Bello had lamented the poor state of the market, saying that “ the environment is seriously polluted and degraded with oil; full and half engines spare parts and human waste are dumped into canals, while illegal structures were built along drainage paths and all the canal setbacks have been turned to shops and trading points.

“A visit to the place also shows that street traders have taken over the entire major inlets and outlets at the market, while residents have severally petitioned the Ministry of the environment about lack of access to their homes and property. These traders have degraded all the major access roads to the market which need remediation rehabilitation.”

Before the re-opening of the market, intensive sanitation had been done by the marketers, while shanties built on drainage channels were demolished.

Last week, Governor Babatunde Fashola visited the market with his counterpart from Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and decried the horrible environmental state of the market and gave conditions for its re-opening.

He described the state of the market and its environs as “massive degradation of a section of Lagos,” saying that the good thing in the visit was that the traders had seen the lack of caution in their deed and were ready to make amends.

“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 canal there poses a lot of danger and we are expecting heavy rains. I don’t want to come back here to pick any dead body. We built the canal and we must make it work by not trading on it and not dumping refuse in it.

“People told me that they picked engine parts, spare parts and other things from the canal. It must stop,” the Governor said, adding that there is now an agreement between the traders and the Government to work together to clean up the place and continue with the business there,” he said.
According to Governor Fashola, “if you must trade here, you must stay behind the property line. You can see the damage you have caused to the road. We have to come back to re-do the road. Now this will be done with taxpayers’ money. It is fine that you want to do business but those who pay the money used to construct the road must also be able to use it and how do they do that if you take over the road?”