New Permanent Secretary Environment Urges Staff to Uphold Service Ethics
Following the announcement by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan of posting and redeployment of Federal Permanent Secretaries as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, the new Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan has assumed office, tasking staff of the Ministry to maintain the ethics of Federal Civil Service with professionalism and discipline.
Enitan who was redeployed from the Federal Civil Service Commission also emphasized on the need for collective efforts towards the success of the of the environment sector in line with the aspirations of President Buhari’s administration.
Speaking at a brief handing over ceremony in Abuja, Enitan said officials of the Ministry have been doing a great job going by the general progress recorded by the Ministry and the impact its programmes and policies have imparted on addressing the issues of Climate Change, the ecosystems and other environmental challenges in the country.
“Therefore, I am not here to re-invent the wheel but rather to work with you like a family to achieve the mandates of the ministry”, he stated.
He said his posting to the Federal Ministry of Environment is a privilege, pointing out that the Ministry is one whose policies affect positively on the nation and the lives of its people in every facet of live.
While calling for the full support of staff of the Ministry, he encouraged them to uphold the ethics of the Civil Service through hard work, discipline and respect for superiors no matter the challenges they may encounter in the course of discharging their duties.
Earlier, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry Dr Bolatito Obisesan called on the Directors of the Ministry to extend their experiences and cooperation to the new Permanent Secretary so that they could both make the mandates of the Ministry to be more successful.
“We have been able to raise the Mandate of this Ministry to greater heights in the last few months when I was overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary.
“This could be attributed to the loyalty, dedication and hard work of the Directors and Staff,” she noted.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
The Federal Ministry of Environment (FME), Mabuchi-Abuja wishes to undertake the Procurement of Works, Goods and Services in the implementation of 2020 Appropriation Act under its Capital and Zonal Intervention Projects/Programmes. In compliance with the Public Procurement Act 2007, the Ministry invites interested, competent and reputable Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers with relevant experiences and good track records to submit Pre-qualification, Technical and Expression of Interest (EOI) for the execution of the Ministry’s 2020 projects.
2.0 SCOPE OF WORK: -
The general scope of the Projects/ Programmes are as follows;
|CATEGORY A (WORKS)|
|EFC-W-1||ROAD CONSTRUCTION, EROSION AND FLOOD CONTROL, DRAINAGE, CULVERTS, CHANELLIZATION, GULLY EROSION CONTROL WORKS, FLOOD EARLY WARNING SYSTEM AND CONSTRUCTION OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTION||VARIOUS|
|EFC-W-2||SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHTS||VARIOUS|
|CC-W-1||CONSTRUCTION OF SOLAR POWERED BOREHOLE, CONSTRUCTION OF LOW COST DYKE SYSTEM FOR FLOOD PREVENTION, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHTS (EDO STATE), CONSTRUCTION OF SOLAR CARPORTS IN FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, INSTALLATION OF MINI GRID (RURAL ELECTRIFICATION) IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, AND CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION /ADAPTATION PROJECTS FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PRODUCTION TO POWER BOREHOLE ( PHASE 11)||VARIOUS|
|DDA-W-1||ESTABLISHMENT OF WOODLOTS IN THE ARID ZONE AND ACACIA SENEGAL PLANTATION IN THE FRONTLINE ZONE TO ARREST LAND DEGRADATION, ASSESSMENT OF HOUSEHOLDS DEPENDING ON FUELWOOD AS SOURCE OF ENERGY IN 20 COMMUNITIES OF GOMBE AND ZAMFARA STATE (PHASE 3)||VARIOUS|
|FOR-W-1||SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MASS JATROPHA PLANTATION, AFFORESTATION/REFORESTATION PROGRAMME AND DOMESTICATION OF ECONOMICALLY VIABLE WILDLIFE SPECIES OF ANIMALS(SNAIL,CANE RAT) .INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF BAMBOO PROCESSING EQUIPMENT IN KARARA LOKOJA, KOGI STATE (CIVIL-WORKS)||VARIOUS|
|PC-W-1||ESTABLISHMENT OF PILOT BIOGAS GAS GENERATION AND COMPRESSION PLANT USING POULTRY, PIGGRY AND FOOD WASTE||VARIOUS|
2.2 CATEGORY B
|CATEGORY B (CONSULTANCY/NON-CONSULTANCY SERVICES)||LOCATION|
|CC-C-1||CONSULTING SERVICE ON AWARENESS CREATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMME, CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY MAPPING AND ACCESS TO GLOBAL CLIMATE FINANCE, FRAMEWORK FOR ECOSYSTEM AND CAPACITY BUILDING OF DESK OFFICE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE.NATIONAL GREEN BOND IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME||VARIOUS|
|EA-C-1||UPSCALING AND DIGITALIZATION OF THE EIA REGISTRY||ABUJA|
|FOR-C-1||FORESTRY RESOURCES SURVEY AND ASSESSMENT NATIONWIDE|
|GS-C-1||PROVISION OF SECURITY AND CLEANING SERVICES||ABUJA|
|PC-C-1||YOUTH AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT, WASTE MANAGEMENT AND CONVERSION OF CASSAVA PEEL WASTE INTO ANIMAL FEED USING LOCALLY DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGY/EQUIPMENT AND ITS PROMOTION. DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL GUIDELINES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT OFFICE WASTE, ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTRONIC BASED DATA BANK ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION||VARIOUS|
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|PC-G-1||ESTABLISHMENT OF AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATION IN PORTHARCOURT||PORTHARCOURT|
3.0 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: -
3.1 All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding Letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Numbers (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address.
3.2 The Letter Head Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorized officer of the firm. Failure to provide any of this information may lead to disqualification.
4.0 SUBMISSION OF PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS (CATEGORY A & C)
5.0 OPENING OF PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS
6.0 SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENT (CATEGORY B)
7.0 GENERAL INFORMATION
Federal Ministry of Environment
2020 W0RLD EARTH DAY: Ikeazor Advocates Renewed Global Action to Fight COVID-19
As Nigeria joins the rest of the World to mark the 2020 World Earth Day amid the novel Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor has called for renewed and concerted global action to end the pandemic, and scale up efforts to preserve and restore natural ecosystems, enhance waste management systems and mitigate climate change.
The World Earth Day is celebrated every 22 April annually, and this year’s commemoration marks 50 years of the modern environmental movement started in 1970 that gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet.
To this end, Sharon Ikeazor noted that “it is a day that stimulates worldwide awareness of climate change and the environment and should therefore enhance stronger government political commitment and massive public action to address all environmental issues, including Covid-19 deadly pandemic.”
According to her, climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
The Minister disclosed that to mark the event here in Nigeria, “we will focus on inspiring, sensitizing and enlightening Nigerians to take action to mitigate on climate change in line with this year’s Earth Day theme - Climate Action, and see the opportunities it presents.
“This year 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 organizing a webinar to present National climate action, 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 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 mostly felt in our local communities here in Nigeria”. She expressed optimism that there is however, a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now to enable us all to advance to cleaner, more resilient societies and economies, turning the challenges of climate action into opportunities.
Against the backdrop that COVID-19 has been reported to be a zoonotic disease that passed from animal to human, the Minister believes that Nigeria is on the right track in addressing coronavirus disease as well as other life threatening diseases such as Lassa Fever and the likes.
She said the Federal Government has scaled up its commitment to taking action to mitigate, adapt and promote the capacity for resilience to the impacts of climate change in the country through the ratification of the Paris Agreement by Mr. President, strengthening existing institutional framework to ensure effective coordination of climate change activities and other actions.
According to the Minister of State, the Environment 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).
She said: "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 sensitize 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 it to the UNFCCC.
“We are thinking ahead because we want the environment to be a priority as we recover from COVID-19 to enable us build a healthier and more sustainable future” she said.
Ikeazor further revealed that the Ministry also developed a Climate Change Resilience Action Plan for the Lake Chad Basin, and then incorporated climate change components into the Disaster Risk Reduction Policy for Nigeria, in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), among other actions taken.(END)
Collaboration on E-Waste Necessary
The E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation Nigeria (C) has urged stakeholders to collaborate in achieving sound management of electronic waste (e-waste).
It said this was key to implementing the Federal Government’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programme for the Electrical Electronics sector.
The organisation spoke in Lagos at the inaugural meeting of EPRON Advisory Council.
EPRON is the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Industry led social enterprise which co-ordinates “efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound management of end of life EEE.”
The meeting featured private and public sector members of EPRON’s board, including Director-General/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Environmental Standard and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) Prof Aliyu Jauro, and Managing Director of Globetech Remedial Ltd Mr Ola Oresanya.
Prof. Jauro observed that EPR shifted responsibility for waste management from government to private sector, “obliging producers, importers and/or sellers to internalise waste management costs in their product prices and ensure environmentally safe handling of their products…”
According to him, the “EPR programme has come to stay and it is an important strategy of the Federal Government to promote circular economy in e-waste management aid control.
“The decision of the council is key to the operation of the EPR value chain and it will have a direct bearing on the environment and human health.”
For Oresanya, who spoke for EPRON’s interim board, the effective operation of e-waste Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) contained dynamics, such as “appropriate enforcement, involvement of the informal sector, development of appropriate collection and recycling standards, determination of collection incentives and fees for treatment of hazardous fractions.
“All of these are not issues a Producer-led PRO should face alone, you will agree with me that a multi-stakeholder approach is required. In that regard, the board of EPRON requires the collaboration of other critical stakeholders to drive the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plan of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment sector.
“Hence the need for an advisory council and this inaugural meeting. This council would represent the interest of all stakeholder groups: Producers, Recyclers, the Informal sector, Private and Public sector and environmental authorities who would be responsible for overseeing the entire system.”
Other EPRON members at the event were Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammed Babandede; Director-General of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Babatunde Irukera, represented by head of FCCPC’s Lagos Office Suzie Onwuka.
Present too were Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Osita Aboloma; Director-General of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir; and CEO of E-Terra Technologies Ltd Ifeanyi Ochonogor, among others.
Nigeria Charts Roadmap for NDC Revision, Implementation
Towards meeting the demands of the Paris agreement, the Federal Government has begun review of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
The move is being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Environment through the Department of Climate Change (DCC) and supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP).
UNDP has been supporting the implementation of Nigeria’s NDC through its large portfolio of climate and environment projects and flagship programme on NDC – the NDC Support Programme (NDC SP).
Nigeria a member of the NDC Partnership, under the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) that provides technical and financial assistance to the country’s NDC revision through the Climate Promise: UNDP’s commitment to support 100 countries in the revision of their NDC by end of 2020.
Under the UNDP intervention in Nigeria, the revision process will focus on the water sector, short-lived climate pollutants, forestry and other nature-based, gender integration as well as whole-of-society participation and the social and employment impacts of NDC measures.
Other members of the NDC Partnership that responded to the Nigeria’ requests for support for the NDC revision through the Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP), include: Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), 2050 Pathways, UN Environment and GIZ.
The 2050 Pathways will provide support to develop a long-term Low Emissions strategy, ISDB will support the stakeholder consultations, GIZ will focus on off grid/renewable energy targets whilst UN Environment on adopting appropriate technologies to achieve NDC targets. This support is scheduled to finish by the end of 2020.
To jump-start the process, a one-day Inception Workshop on the NDC Revison and Implementation Planning was held in Abuja last week, as part of the NDC Partnership Support Unit. A team from UNDP had a five-day joint mission to Nigeria to kick-off the programme, and to assess the social, economic and employment impacts of NDC policies.
UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Lealem Dinku in his opening remark, noted that the current national climate targets under the Paris agreement are inadequate.
“It is a reality we all share, which is why UNDP launched the Climate Promise on the margin of the last UNGA during the UN Secretary General Climate Change Summit, in which Nigeria featured prominently.
“Our commitment is to work with countries to make their NDCs more technically robust and include new ways governments can step up their climate actions and finance these bold new goals,” he said.
According to Dinku, the event is an opportunity for their support team and the NDC Partnership to provide technical support to Nigeria to revise its NDCs through an inclusive and transparent procedure, which offers opportunity to engagement with government, academia, civil society organisations and the private sectors and development partners.
He said: “A vital element for a successful enhancement of the NDC is a strong political will and societal ownership at national- and sub-national levels. It is a demonstration of UNDP’s strong commitments to keeping the climate promise to Nigeria in recognition of President Mohammadu Buhari’s exemplary commitment to tackling the climate emergency.”
Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Bakari Wadinga, stated that, under the NDC process, Nigeria is seeking to work with partners to enhance its commitment and realise opportunities to raise ambition.
The Director, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, in his presentation, said Nigeria had committed itself to reducing emission by 20 per cent by 2030.
Tarfa said that, for the country to achieve the commitment, the department had identified five priority sectors in the country. They are agriculture, transportation, oil and gas, industry and power sectors.
IPCC Opens Talks Over 2022 Global Climate Report
The world’s leading body for assessing the science related to climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has kick off a meeting yesterday in Paris to consider the outline of the Synthesis Report for the Sixth Assessment Report, which will provide policymakers in 2022 with the most up-to-date scientific information related to climate change.
The Synthesis Report will integrate the findings of all the reports that the IPCC is working on in its current assessment cycle for the Sixth Assessment Report. It is timed to be available in 2022, one year before the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement when governments will review the targets they set under the accord and their progress towards implementing them.
Governments agreed in Paris in 2015 to respond to climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to hold it to 1.5ºC. Each government decides its own actions in furtherance of this goal, known as Nationally Determined Contributions. They agreed to review progress towards the goal in a global stocktake every five years starting in 2023.
The report, due to be released in the first part of 2022, will present the latest state of climate knowledge by drawing on information from these other IPCC reports. It will serve as the basis for international negotiations and will be ready in time for the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement in 2023.
The 52nd Session of the IPCC, hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), runs from February 24 to 28, 2020. Among other businesses, it will also elect a member of the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and launch the regular review of IPCC procedures.
“Like all IPCC products, the Synthesis Report will be policy-relevant,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee. “It will help policymakers in government at all levels and decision-makers in business and civil society develop climate-resilient development pathways and connect climate action to economic and societal concerns and options,” he told the opening session of the meeting.
Over the past 18 months, the IPCC has released three special reports – on global warming of 1.5ºC, on land use, and on the ocean and cryosphere – and a methodology report. The three IPCC Working Groups are now preparing their contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report, which will be released in 2021.
Climate Change: Govs Partner FG To Plant 25m Trees
THE 36 state governors, on the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, have resolved to partner the Federal Government to achieve the proposed planting of 25 million trees as part of moves to address the effects of climate change in the country. Rising from a meeting, on Thursday, at the NGF Secretariat, the governors promised to work with the Federal Ministry of Environment to put the necessary institutional arrangements in place to achieve the goal.
According to the Chairman of NGF and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the decision was arrived at after the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar briefed the State Executives. Reading a communique at the end of the meeting, Dr. Fayemi, said the tree planting was in line with Nigeria’s commitment to its obligation under the Paris agreement. He said: “The Forum received a presentation from the Hon. Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar on the need to plant 25 million trees as pledged by Mr. President.
The Honorable Minister highlighted that the pledge is in line with Nigeria’s commitment to its obligation under the Paris agreement, the aspirations are also enshrined in our Nationally Determined Contribution. “State governors commended the Ministry of Environment for driving this initiative.
Members pledged to work with the Ministry by ensuring that the right institutional arrangements are in place in all States to ensure that each State supports the tree planting initiative. “Governors agreed that states should demarcate areas and gazette them as forest reserves. Governors also addressed the planting of trees that animals do not consume to ensure the sustainability of the forests. This will ensure that State governments get the economic, social and environmental benefits Nigeria’s forests provide.”
According to Fayemi, the governors also received a presentation by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on the Geo-Reference Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development, GRID3, programme in Nigeria. The Minister told the governors that the programme was designed to strengthen the application of geospatial data for evidence-based decision making in the country. According to the communique, the Minister highlighted several applications of the programme in priority areas of government including food security, health coverage, financial inclusion, survey and demographics and education.
The communique noted: “State governors commended the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning for coordinating the GRID3 programme which will be central to development planning going forward. “Members pledged to work with the Ministry by providing the right institutional arrangements in all States to ensure that each State supports the generation and management of geospatial data.
This will ensure that State governments have the right information in identifying where people live and how critical services can be most equitably and effectively allocated.” Similarly, the forum received a presentation from the Senior Special Adviser to the President on the Presidential Enabling Environment Council, PEBEC, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, who briefed on the activities of the council on the Ease of Doing Business at the Subnational Level. Oduwole told the governors that some states had already keyed into the project where results have been “impressive.”
The governors commended the interventions and pledged to continue to support and ensure improvements in the business environment at the state level to help counter the effects of climate change. On power, a team from Hypertech Nigeria Ltd briefed the forum on the 3050mw Mambila Hydro Electric Power Project, MHEPP, emphasising that the project was being executed between the Federal Government of Nigeria and China Gezhouba Group Corporation, CGGC. According to the communique, the team gave an overview of the huge potential that laid fallow in the Mambilla region, “which governors appreciated but insisted that a presentation by the Ministers of Power and Water Resources would provide a more granular pathway to what needs to be done.”
The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, briefed the governors on the need to optimize the potentials of Corp members, highlighting key areas of collaboration between the Corps and the forum.
Press Briefing By the Honorable Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar on 2020 World Environment Day June 4, 2020
Distinguished Gentlemen of the Press,
I am delighted to welcome you all to this briefing, which is intended to kick-start the activities of the 2020 World Environment Day in Nigeria.
Unfortunately for all nations of the World, this year’s celebration is being held amidst the ravaging effects of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. While we continue to battle with the crisis, as environmentalists, we must continue to contribute our quota in the collective efforts being made to contain the spread of the pandemic.
It is for this reason that the United Nations deem it fit to address biodiversity with the theme ‘‘Time for Nature’’, with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development. Over one million plant and animal species risk extinction, largely due to human activities; this is a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of nature.
Distinguished Gentlemen of the Press, the theme is indeed very appropriate, considering the fact that Researchers and Scientist have established COVID-19 to be zoonotic. In order to fully address and prevent future pandemics therefore,
we must Restore, Conserve and Protect biodiversity as key antidotes to COVID-19 recovery.
According to UNEP, 2020 is a year for urgency, ambition and action to address the crisis facing nature; it is also an opportunity to more fully incorporate nature-based solutions into global climate action, especially as commemorating the day has become a powerful platform to accelerate, amplify and engage people, communities and governments around the world to take action on critical environmental challenges facing the planet.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has impacted the traditional activities such as tree-planting and public workshops which were undertaken to celebrate the day in the past and has necessitated new approaches in advocacy and communication.
In this regard, the Ministry is using an alternative online platform for delivering the advocacy for this year’s WED. The online event will be hosted on ‘zoom’ with a series of talks as regards our commitment to Biodiversity Conservation.
Iimplore you all to join the conversation by registering to participate in the Webinar coming up tomorrow Friday, as from 11:00 am.
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and there are myriads of benefits amongst which are: livelihoods and sustainable development, improvement and delivery of food security, growth, increase in job opportunity, strengthening of global healthcare support systems. The Ecosystem is the baseline that holds all of these together. Human interaction with the Ecosystem must therefore remain balanced, otherwise we risk disrupting nature with their consequence as we are seeing with the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Our climate, physical environment and vegetation zones in Nigeria endow our country with a very diverse ecosystem, species of fauna and flora. The forests in Nigeria is currently estimated to extend to around 9.6 million hectares, this we are expanding with added efforts of the Great Green Wall, REDD+ and the Green Bonds supported afforestation Projects amongst several others.
From all this, we must ensure that Post COVID recovery is tied in with our Climate actions and Sustainable Development Goals. We as a Global community have to stay on track with our Climate Targets for us to recover Greener and better for people and planet. Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future.
Gentlemen of the Press, the Federal Government is fully committed to the Global Biodiversity Framework under the convention on Biological Diversity, and Nigeria is leading the ECOWAS Member-States on Post 2020 Biodiversity Frame work. It is as a result of this commitment that at the 74thUN General Assembly in New York, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR made a commitment to plant 25million trees to mitigate the effects of Climate Change in Nigeria. This process is being driven by the Ministry of Environment and the agencies under the ministry like the National Great Green Wall Agency.
As part of on-going efforts to meet Mr. President’s directives on planting of 25 million trees and as a symbolic gesture to commemorate the 2020 World Environment Day in the country, I will be in Kaduna tomorrow Friday, where I will hand over 1 million seedlings to the Kaduna State Government. It is our ardent prayer and hope that the seedlings would be properly utilized to mitigate the effect of biodiversity, climate change and improve on our natural habitats.
In addition, the Federal Government had also set up a National Forestry Trust Fund under the forestry Department of the Ministry. In the same vein, the Ministry in partnership with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the support of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), are working together on coalition on nature, referred to as Nature Means Business which will target the private sector and Sub-nationals to act on agreed environmental principles that will guide their business operation to reduce the impact of business on biodiversity loss. It is worthy to note that our development support partner, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) is currently running in 6 states in Nigeria covering all the forest zones. This is a program that conserves already existing forest and enhances carbon stock.
Finally, as a Government, 2020 is indeed a critical year for our commitments to preserve and restore biodiversity. As a nation, Nigeria remains committed to maintaining a healthy environment and safeguarding our ecosystems. The pandemic has shown us that we need to find ways to live in harmony with one another and also with nature. Thank you.
Welcoming Address By Permanent Secretary Dr Bakari Wadinga Representing The Honourable Minister Of State For Environment Sharon Ikeazor, At JICA Alumni Association Of Nigeria (JAAN) Annual Anniversary Celebration
The Special Guest of Honour, Prince Clement Agba (Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning)
The Guest of Honour, Ms. Makiko Okumura (Chief Representative, JICA Office, Nigeria)
The Chief Host, Alhaji Muhammed Bello (Honourable Minister of FCT)
The Royal Father of the Day, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Auwal Musa Ijakoro II (Sarkin Bwari)
The Host, Ahmed Agberankhe (President, JICA Alumni Association of Nigeria)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to speak to you this afternoon and to most cordially welcome you to the Annual Anniversary Celebration of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Alumni Association of Nigeria (JAAN), tagged JICA DAY. I am highly honored to chair this auspicious event. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Future We Deserve; The Environment Perspective”
The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an Agency that is chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries and the promotion of international cooperation. JICA is part of Japan's official development assistance effort, with a role in providing technical cooperation and other types of assistance. Its core development programs (aid modalities) includes the technical assistance programs for capacity development in a wide range of fields, including medical, industrial and agriculture. A lot of Nigerian Government officials, who are still in service, have benefited from travel to Japan on various long and short term training under these technical assistance programs.
It was interesting to find out that the beneficiaries of these programs have now formed an Alumni Association. The JICA Alumni Association in Nigeria (JAAN) is a non-profit organization established in 1989 for Nigerians who have participated in the various training programs conducted in Japan. The Association has been involved in wide-ranging activities, including collaboration in the activities of the Japanese embassy and JICA Nigeria office and community services.
It has also come to my knowledge that to further sustain and impact the knowledge gained from their training in Japan, JICA Nigeria has introduced the Follow-up cooperation scheme for Ex-participants. The scheme is aimed at assisting Ex-participants who are willing to utilize and transfer their knowledge and experience in Japan to their colleagues or the society at large. It covers the following areas: Training workshop, Research and study, Publishing text books, Collection of latest information, Procurement of equipment, etc.
At this point, I would like to thank the Japanese Government for funding the 10 month’s “study on available sustainable alternative materials to plastics and innovative packaging and recycling technologies”, which commenced last month. I assure you of the cooperation of the Federal Ministry of Environment in your efforts at tackling environmental pollution and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am not known for long speeches. So at this point, I would like to wish JAAN well as they mark another year’s anniversary.
Press Statement By Honourable Minister Of Environment, Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar On Environmental Health Response To Corona Virus Disease Outbreak In Nigeria
Despite the proactive emergency measures taken to prevent the Nigerian State against the global rapid spread of the Corona Virus Disease named COVID 19 and declared an International Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organization, Nigeria has unfortunately recorded an index case penultimate week. While appreciating the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health for its proactive handling of the COVID 19 preparedness, I feel that the Federal Ministry of Environment has roles to play in support of the Health sector in tackling this international come national emergency.
2. So far, the transmission of the virus has occurred internationally from civet cats to humans and from dromedary camels to humans affirming its zoonotic nature while several known corona viruses are circulating in animals which are however yet to infect human beings. In China, where the COVID-19 originates from, bats are found to be reservoir of infection. Additionally, high suspicion is being placed in Markets as a part of epidemiologic investigations through environmental sampling from Seafood Markets targeting the source and type of wildlife species offered for sale there. The fact that the COVID-19 pathogen is just heralded, no known pre-existing immunity in humans abound hence, everyone is assumed to be susceptible.
3. Based on the foregoing, the Nigerian response needs to be comprehensive, multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral in nature learning from countries presently at war with the novel COVID. The response also should be non-pharmaceutical-based as recommended by the World Health Organization. To this end, Risk factors such as mingling of people, consumption of sea foods and wild life meat otherwise known as ‘Bush Meat’ increase human susceptibility to infection. Human to Human infection is largely responsible for fast transmission of the virus.
4. In the light of this therefore and in furtherance of One-Health, the Environment Sector under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Environment will key into the COVID 19 containment strategy of the Health sector. We shall deploy Environmental Health Officers to coordinate essential strategies in identified high risk areas in Nigeria. Public places such as Motor parks, Train stations, Market places, Schools and similar places will be put under surveillance. The international best practices of instituting Cordon Sanitaire and Social Distancing in our communities where needed, will be utilized in order to limit contact of people with those that may be infected with the viral disease. Essentially, preventing the contamination of the environment in these settings will be the thrust in this Environmental Health Response and Preparedness. Universal temperature monitoring, masking, and hand washing in addition to mobilization protocols shall be prioritized in the Environmental Contingency Plan.
5. The Ministry shall support the Ministry of Health by deploying Environmental Health Officers at Nigeria’s frontiers to beef up surveillance by Port Health Officials. Similarly, a large pool of Environmental Health Volunteers will be mobilized for this purpose. In the same vein, Environmental decontamination and disinfection shall be undertaken in high exposure areas with a view to killing the enveloped viruses.
6. Furthermore, I would like to urge Ministries of Environment at the States level to be proactive and key into the preparedness in their respective States. That way, the containment of the Corona Virus will not only be multi-sectoral but also easier and more effective. I hereby charge Environmental Health Officers in States and Local Governments to engage butchers to ensure they do not handle, slaughter, dress, sell, and prepare meat originating from wild animals or sick livestock which have died from unknown causes.
7. Lastly, for the sake of emphasis, I would like to call on all Nigerians to ensure they regularly wash their hands, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cook meat and eggs, and avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. It is also important that Nigerians be on the watch out for any unusual sick or dead animals and report same to appropriate authorities.
Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister for Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar On The On-Going Lassa Fever Outbreak In Nigeria
I am delighted to welcome you all to this vitally important Press Briefing which is intended to sensitize the Media and the general public on the current disturbing Lassa fever outbreak in the country.
2. As you are very much aware, Nigeria is currently experiencing lassa fever outbreak in several parts of the country with reported cases of fatalities. Latest report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released on 25th January 2020 has it that 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths have been recorded in 11 States of Nigeria namely: Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Delta, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Ogun, Abia, Kano and Enugu. Out of the confirmed cases, 89% are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States. It is against this background that the Federal Ministry of Environment is organising this Press Briefing to respond to the increasing number of lassa fever cases across the country, sensitize the general public on lassa fever preventive and control measures to avert further outbreak and spread, as well as efforts being made by the Ministry in collaboration with NCDC and other stakeholders in tackling the lassa fever scourge.
3. Gentlemen of the Press, Lassa fever is endemic in Nigeria and often associated with poor sanitary hygiene practices with cases being recorded all year round. The Lassa fever virus is transmitted by rodents (rats) which can be found in our environment including homes, motor parks, offices and even places of worship . This contributes largely to the risk of spread that occurs in Nigeria and other countries with similar ecological factors.
4. Lassa Fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness. It is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodents (rat) urine or faeces. It can also be transmitted from person to person through contact with blood, urine, faeces and other body fluids of an infected person.
5. Early symptoms are fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, sore throat etc. It is in very severe cases that the patient bleeds from body openings. The maturity period of lassa fever ranges from 6-21 days.
6. Before the recent outbreak, the Ministry has taken proactive measures to improve the overall general sanitation and hygiene situation in the country. The Ministry in 2019 established Sanitation Desks in all the 36 states of the country and these sanitation desk officers are to coordinate sanitation and related activities within their states, liaise with their respective Local Government Environment Departments and report back to the Federal Ministry of Environment. They are also expected to monitor and report lassa fever cases and other environmental determinants of diseases to the Federal Ministry of Environment headquarters. The Sanitation Desks are to be replicated in all 774 LGAs in the country.
7. In 2019 the Federal Ministry of Environment with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO) and in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) carried out environmental sanitation response activities to lassa fever outbreak in Edo and Ondo States. Activities undertaken include rodents’ control (deratization), sensitization/education of community members on lassa fever prevention/control measures, premises inspection, distribution of fumigation equipment and chemicals, waste bins and rodent traps.
8. Recently, officers of the Ministry and of the NCDC were on a phone-in program at Radio Nigeria on Saturday 25th January, 2020 to sensitize the public on the lassa fever outbreak as well as create awareness on preventive and control measures. However this sensitization will be a continuous exercise and will be taken down to the grassroots such as local communities, mosques, churches, markets, schools, motor parks, restaurants/hotels and to any place where there are likelihood of large gathering.
9. Gentlemen of the press, ladies and gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to inform you that the Ministry has directed all Environmental Health professionals in the Federal, State and Local Government to immediately re-embark on the following:
i. Massive Awareness Campaign on the need to keep the environment clean.
ii. Environmental Health Surveillance of Premises to identify rodents’ harbourage, destroy/eradicate rodents in homes, commercial and industrial premises
iii. Effective Pest and Vector Control services in residential and commercial premises – notably, Deratization of market places and homes.
iv. Development of Sanitary means and facilities for drying of food cereals, legumes and tubers to ward off their invasion by rodents
10. These strategies shall be deployed and the Environmental Health Council of Nigeria is to monitor compliance and report back to the Ministry.
11. The Ministry is putting in place Environmental Health and sanitation surveillance system. This surveillance system will strengthen the cooperation between the State and Federal Government on Environmental Health and Sanitation issues. It will also help in information/data gathering and sharing between the Federal, State and Local Governments.
12. The Ministry through Environmental Health Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) is also organizing capacity development programme on Entomology and Public Health Pest control to study more especially those rodents of Public Health importance in order to control them.
13. Meanwhile, citizens are advised to imbibe good sanitation and hygiene practices and take preventive and control measures that include:
• Keeping the environment clean to avoid contact with rodents;
• Keeping food away from rodents;
• Storing grains and other food stuff in rodent proof containers;
• Disposing wastes regularly and far away from home;
• Cooking all foods thoroughly;
• Blocking rat hide outs;
• To avoid/stop eating rats as much as possible;
• Washing hands regularly with soap and running water;
• Using protective equipment e.g. masks, gloves, gowns etc. in healthcare centre and when caring for the sick.
14. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, I want to use this opportunity to assure the general public that the Ministry remains committed to ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all Nigerians. I therefore call on all members of the public to keep their surroundings clean and be vigilant.
15. l also urge all media organisations as partners in progress, to join the Federal Ministry of Environment, NCDC and other stakeholders in fighting the scourge of lassa fever by informing, sensitizing and educating the public on preventive and control measures.
16. Thank you for your attention.
Keynote Address by Sharon O. Ikeazor Esq. Honourable Minister of State for Environment on the occasion Of the Commissioning Of The National Oil Spill Detection And Response Agency (NOSDRA) Office Building And National Oil Spill Reference Laboratory In Port Harcourt
I am delighted to be here today on the occasion of the official commissioning of NOSDRA’s Office Building Complex and the National Oil Spill Reference Laboratory here in the garden city of Port Harcourt.
2. The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Environment which, by its Establishment Act, is charged with the responsibility of environmental regulation of the petroleum industry in Nigeria, as well as ensuring sustainable practices in the exploitation, production, storage, distribution and dispensing of crude oil and petroleum products across the country.
3. The devastating impacts of oil spills on the environment, health and livelihoods of our rural and urban communities have led to land degradation, air and water pollution, loss of lives, destruction of habitats, loss of biodiversity, incidence of diseases, as well as the depletion of national revenue base. These illegal and inhuman practices must be stopped if we are to develop and progress as a Nation.
4. It is very sad to note that a majority of the oil spills that occur almost on a daily basis in Nigeria are caused by artisanal refining, pipeline vandalism, oil theft and illegal bunkering. Only recently, the National Economic Council noted with concern that oil theft and other sources of leakages in the oil sector accounted for the loss of 22million barrels of crude oil between January and June, 2019.
5. In the short period that we have been in charge of affairs in the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Honourable Minister and I have appreciated the enormous responsibilities placed on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, vis-à-vis the challenges the Agency is facing in achieving its mandate. We are committed to ensuring that the Agency succeeds, and to this end we are working with other stakeholders on the review of the NOSDRA Establishment Act in order to strengthen the Agency and make it more responsive and effective in the discharge of its statutory duties.
6. I wish to congratulate NOSDRA for the completion of this giant edifice in the heart of Port Harcourt, which is also the hub of oil exploration and production in Nigeria. I am particularly delighted that the Agency has put up a standard National Oil Spill Reference Laboratory to cater for local needs in oil spill management. I implore the Agency to ensure that standards are kept and maintained in line with international best practices so as to make the facility the pride of the nation.
7. Ladies and gentlemen, as a demonstration of the commitment of this Administration to oil spill management in Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, embarked on the implementation of the United Nations Environment (UNE) Report on Ogoniland by establishing the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP). The remediation works are underway, and it is intended that all remediated sites will be restored to all practical extent. In this regard, I direct that the facilities available in the National Oil Spill Response Laboratory be patronized by HYPREP and its contractors, as well as the oil companies operating across the nation to maximize the potential of the facility.
8. The Federal Ministry of Environment will pay more attention to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency with a view to ensuring that it acquires the necessary tools to carry out its mandates in the petroleum sector of the Nigerian economy.
9. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your attention and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
2020 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY HELD ON THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020
The Honorable Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar
BRIEF HANDING OVER CEREMONY OF NEW PERMANENT SECRETARY IN THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment Mr Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, Minister of State for Environment, Chief Mrs Sharon Ikeazor and Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry Dr Bolatito Obisesan