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|
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: -
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)
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.
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