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Sep
08
2020

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.

Jun
11
2020
Nigeria Restates Commitment to COP26 in 2021 As the world grapples with the spread of the novel Covid-19 pandemic with its effects on the environment and livelihood, Nigeria has restated its commitment and support to the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) with the UK and its Italian partners’ decision to postpone COP26 UN Climate Change Conference until November, 2021. The annual UN COP Meeting on Climate Change was originally slated to take place in Glasgow, United Kingdom by November 2020, with the pre-COP events to be held by co-host Italy in September and October but was postponed due to Covid-19 crisis. The Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor disclosed the Federal Government’s support in a tweet following the announcement of a new date slated for 1- 12 November 2021 by the COP Bureau after its meeting on 28 May, 2020. Ikeazor tweeted that the new date for COP26 will give Nigeria enough time to prepare and deliver on negotiations mandates while maintaining momentum on Climate Action. Similarly, the Regional Ambassador for Sub-Saharan Africa on COP26, Paul Arkwright in his tweet described the new dates as good news, ‘‘looking forward to working with Africa to maintain momentum on climate change, ensuring focus on finance, energy transition and adaptation as partners for African host of COP27. The primary considerations for the new date that was brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, were to safeguard the health and safety of COP26 participants, to ensure inclusiveness and maximise the potential to build climate ambition.  The COP Bureau’s decision to postpone the global annual event was disclosed in a letter jointly sign by COP26 Envoy, John Murton and COP26 Lead Negotiator Archie Young. ‘‘Our priorities when considering the new date were: the health of participants, the representation of Parties and Non-Party stakeholders, allowing time for preparation of work to deliver on negotiations mandates and the ambitious and inclusive event we are committed to, and operational considerations. Everyone we consulted agreed with these priorities’’. The new date, according to COP Bureau’s letter, would present the lowest risk of further postponement, and the best chance of delivering an inclusive and ambitious COP26, having consulted widely with stakeholders and particularly with the African Group given implications for the timing of COP27. Ikeazor further stressed that, Nigeria will keep the momentum of mitigating climate change in gear while maintaining the World Health Organisation Safety Protocols on Covid-19 pandemic and work on enhancing our National Determined Contributions and raising the ambition for climate action aim at rebuilding post Covid-19 recovery for a greener, resilient and sustainable environment in line with the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
Jun
05
2020
Plans Underway to Disinfect Airports, Airplanes - Minister Ahead of reopening of Nigeria’s airspace to domestic flight operations, the federal government has revealed that plans are underway to disinfect airports and airplanes across the six geopolitical zones in the country as one its safety measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 had on Monday announced that airlines could resume flight operations from June 21st. Addressing journalists on the commemoration of the 2020 World Environment Day in Abuja, the Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, said appropriate chemicals to be applied to aircraft and certain areas of the airports have been chosen by owners of aircraft to avoid safety bridges. He noted that other areas to be disinfected included schools, motor parks, train stations and markets, among others. Abubakar said that the ministry also awaits the required response from relevant authority to accelerate the disinfection and decontamination of schools in the country. He said that Covid-19 will remain for a while, but there will be lots of advocacy and enlightenment to promote personal hygiene in schools. He advised private school owners to ensure that their schools are disinfected by companies that are registered by the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria. Speaking further, the minister said Nigeria as a country must restore, conserve and protect biodiversity as the key antidote to Covid-19 recovery. According to him, ”As individuals, communities and stakeholders, we must put an end to practices that compromise our ability to connect with nature. Activities like gas flaring, depletion of the mangroves for firewood, fishing with dynamite and other unwholesome practices inimical to present and future generation should stop.” On his part, the representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Edwin Edeh, said the pandemic is a reminder that countries need to manage outbreaks in multi sectoral scales linking environment, agriculture and other sectors to control and prevent further emerging diseases. He called on governments at all levels to be committed to invest in water and sanitation as well and appealed to the citizens not to destroy nature. Similarly, Oxfam, an environment group, also called on citizens to use this year’s environment day commemoration as an avenue to urge government to deliver on its commitments to safeguard nature, end pollution and ensure that environmental laws are upheld. It said it is worthy of note that losses in biodiversity and habitat can increase the spread of infectious diseases and viruses through indiscriminate felling of trees which encourages endangered species of these habitats to migrate to places of safety carrying along with them diseases as they move. “Stringent measures should be taken to avoid indiscriminate felling of trees, safeguard aquatic life, save our forests thus maintaining biodiversity,” the group added.
Jun
05
2020
World Environment Day: FG Hands Over One Million Tree Seedlings To Kaduna Govt As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2020 World Environment Day (WED), the Federal Government said it will tomorrow Friday June 5, 2020, hand over hand over 1 million seedlings to the Kaduna State Government for planting. Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, who gave this hint during a press briefing on Thursday, warned that 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. The Minister stated that the one million seedlings being handed over to Kaduna State, is in fulfilment of commitment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, to plant 25million trees to mitigate the effects of Climate Change in Nigeria. “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” he said. The Minister also reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to the Global Biodiversity Framework under the convention on Biological Diversity, stressing that Nigeria is leading the ECOWAS Member-States on Post 2020 Biodiversity Frame work. Mahmood Abubakar, regretted that the ongoing Covid-19 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. He described as apt the theme of the 2020 World Environment Day ‘‘Time for Nature’’, is indeed very appropriate, considering the fact that Researchers and Scientist have established COVID-19 to be zoonotic. According to him, the 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”.
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

MABUSHI-ABUJA

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;

2.1     WORKS

LOT PROJECT TITLE LOCATION
  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

(CONSULTANCY/SERVICES)

 

  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

 

2.3     CATEGORY C (GOODS)

LOT NO CATEGORY C (GOODS) LOCATION
PC-G-1 ESTABLISHMENT OF AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATION IN PORTHARCOURT PORTHARCOURT

 

 

3.0    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: -

  1. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Forms CAC2 and CAC7; Failure to attach forms CAC2 and CAC7 (or CAC 1.1) shall lead to disqualification;
  2. Evidence of Company’s Income Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years (2017 2018 2019) valid till 31st December 2020;
  3. Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December 2020
  4. Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December 2020;
  5. Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December 2020;
  6. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31st December 2020 or valid Certificate issued by BPP;
  7. Sworn affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of relevant committees of the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, Shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars;
  8. Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years – (2017, 2018, 2019);
  9. Evidence of financial capability to execute the project by submission of Reference Letter from a reputable Commercial Bank in Nigeria; indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed;
  10. Company’s Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic/Professional qualifications (COREN, QSRBN, ARCON, CORBON etc.); 
  11. Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last five (5) years including Letters of Award, Valuation Certificates, Job Completion Certificates and photographs of the projects;
  12. List of Plants/Equipment with proof of Ownership/Lease (where applicable);
  13. For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (CAC, Tax Clearance Certificate, Pension Compliance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, NSITF Compliance Certificate, IRR & Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV Partner);
  14. For ‘Package GS-C-1’ bidders must have registered with NSCDC and EHORECON respectively as well as carried out similar services in Environmental Related Agencies/Offices. Failure to provide evidences of any of these requirements shall lead to disqualification.

 

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)

  1. Prospective bidders are to submit pre-qualification documents for each of the Lot desired, two (2) hard copies each of the Technical bids packaged in sealed envelopes and clearly marked as “Technical Bid”. Furthermore, the reverse of each sealed envelope should have the same name and should be submitted in the Conference Room, Green Building, Federal Ministry of Environment, Maitama, Abuja not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, 7th September 2020.
  2. Bids can also be submitted through Courier Services. All bids should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja. In addition, Bids submitted by Courier Services should be clearly marked ‘Attention Director Procurement (with the Lot number)’. The Submission must reach the Ministry not later than the date indicated above.
  3. Please ensure that you sign the Bid Submission Register at the place of submission, as the Ministry will not be held liable for misplaced or wrongly submitted bids.

 

5.0       OPENING OF PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS

  1. The technical bids will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Monday 7th September 2020 in the Conference Room, Green Building, Federal Ministry of Environment, Maitama, Abuja.
  2.  Bids opening will be concluded online in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines on public gathering, and Bidders who are interested in viewing the opening of bids can forward their email, addresses to the Ministry’s official e-mail ‘fmenvproc@gmail.com.
  3. Civil Societies, NGOs, Professional Bodies are by this notice invited to witness the Bids Opening Exercise.

 

6.0      SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENT (CATEGORY B)

  1. Interested firms are to submit two (2) bound of Expression of Interest (EOI) (Original & Duplicate) neatly packaged in sealed envelope, stating Expression of Interest clearly marked with Lot number and submitted on or before 12:00noon on Monday 31st August 2020 in the Conference Room, Green Building, Federal Ministry of Environment, Maitama, Abuja.
  2. Please ensure that you sign the Bid Submission Register at the place of submission, as the Ministry will not be held liable for misplaced or wrongly submitted bids
  3. The EOI will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00noon on Monday 31st August 2020;
  4. Only shortlisted firms will be invited at a later date for collection of Request for Proposals.
  5. All enquiries are to be directed to the Director Procurement Federal Ministry of Environment Mabushi Abuja, or via the Ministry’s official e-mails provided at e-email ‘fmenvproc@gmail.com.

 

7.0      GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official authorised by the  bidders;
  2.  Bids submitted after the deadline for submission would be returned un-opened
  3.  All costs will be borne by the bidders;
  4. Category A & C: Only pre-qualified bidders at technical evaluation will be contacted at a later date for collection of tender documents.
  5.  All bidders should not bid for more than two (2) lots, otherwise the Company will be disqualified
  6. This advertisement shall not be construed as a commitment on the part of the Ministry to award contract to any bidder.
  7. Non-Compliance to any of the above instruction will lead to disqualification
  8. The Federal Ministry of Environment is not bound to shortlist/ pre-qualify any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

 

Signed
Permanent Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Environment

OTHER NEWS
Apr
21
2020

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)

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SPEECHES
Jun
04
2020

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.

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Jun
04
2020

2020 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY HELD ON THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020

The Honorable Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar

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Sep
08
2020

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

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