The 11th National Council on Environment (NCE) was held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta Ogun State from 16th to 18th October 2017. It was chaired by the Honourable Minister of State for
Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril with the theme “Unlocking the Investment Opportunities in the Environment Sector Towards Nigeria’s Economic Recovery, Diversification, Growth and Sustainable Development”.
2. The opening ceremony featured presentation of welcome address by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Shehu M. U. Ahmed, goodwill messages by the wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosu, the Representative of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Sen. Magnus Ngei Abe
and the Chairman House Committee on Climate Change, Hon. Samuel Onuigbo, as well as from the Honourable Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Adekunbi. The session also featured remarks by the Honorable Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Usman Jibril.
3. The Council meeting was declared open by the Executive Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosu, CON, FCA., who delivered the Keynote address.
4. A total of 712 participants from 23 States, including State
Commissioners for Environment; Forestry; Permanent Secretaries; Director General/CEOs of Agencies; Directors of MDAs; Officials of Federal and State Ministries of Environment; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Development Partners attended the 3 day meeting.
5. The Council considered 83 memoranda, stepped down 16, and recommended 67 consisting of 38 action and 29 information memoranda.
6. Council Resolutions:
Council deliberated extensively on all the memoranda and noted the emerging environmental issues, climate smart actions and the need to update all relevant environmental regulations as well as immediate
commencement of the implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for all policies, plans and programmes in Nigeria. Accordingly, the Council resolved as follows:
i. The current Forest Cover of Nigeria is less than 4% as against the expected 25%. Therefore, exportation of charcoal in Nigeria should be banned and alternative clean source of energy should be developed and promoted.
ii. That Federal Ministry of Environment should step up actions toward synergy with relevant MDAs through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in order to resolve serious challenges of overlap, conflict and duplication of regulatory roles.
iii. That the Federal Government should put in place policies and other measures to promote provision and utilisation of Solar Energy and energy efficient cook stove.
iv. That there should be synergy between the Federal and State Governments in the implementation of climate change
programmes especially on capacity building and access to
global climate finance.
v. That State should be encouraged to put in place Waste-to Wealth programmes/initiatives that can attract private sector
participations and foreign direct investment in order to unlock
investment opportunities in the waste management sub- sector.
vi. That State Governments should provide security for Federal Ministry of Environment projects under implementation in their States to prevent vandalisation and also fullfill their obligations as agreed.
vii.That the Federal Ministry of Environment should domesticate Minamata Convention on Mercury and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) ratified by Nigeria.
viii. That the Federal Ministry of Environment and States should establish reliable electronic based data bank on Pollution Control and Waste Management issues in the country.
ix. That Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) in flood prone areas should be installed by Federal, States and Local Governments to save lives and property during flooding.
x. That States that have indicated interest to key into the NEWMAP Programme should put aside minimum counterpart fund of N500 million, provide 12.90% of total cost of the project as well as provide base line data of erosion sites in their States.
xi. That more awareness and sensitisation should be carried out to achieve better adoption of Tree planting and reforestation of degraded forest estates.
Council appreciates and commends the Government and good people of Ogun State for the warm hospitality extended to the delegates and excellent arrangements put in place for the successful hosting of the 11th NCE.
DONE THIS DAY, WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER, 2017 AT ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE
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