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Nigeria sets strategy in place for phasing out non-bio degradable plastics

As as the Central Bank of Nigeria marked World Environment Day 2018, yesterday, a plan to commence the recycling of waste polymer notes has been muted.
This was contained in a statement by CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele in Abuja.

The United Nations sets aside June 5 every year to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year’s theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution.’

According to him,
“It’s gratifying to inform you that in line with the bank’s commitment to a green and low carbon economy, management has approved the recycling of our paper waste into tissue paper, which will be donated to the society, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility.

“Management is also in the process of concluding the recycling of our polymer note wastes into everyday plastics such as flower pots, dustbins etc., and the disposal of our electronic waste in an environmentally sound manner,”

The bank’s resolve followed a global call for action to reduce plastic consumption and ensure a healthy environment.

A MacArthur Foundation report to the World Economic Forum in 2016 had raised the alarm that only 14 per cent of plastics used in packaging is collected for recycling globally.

This results in a yearly loss of $80 billion to $120 billion to the world economy.

But there are even more worrying statistics on the world’s use of plastics.

Aligning with UN data, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, in a statement, noted: “We throw away enough plastic to circle the earth four times every year.

Much of that waste doesn’t make it into a landfill, but instead ends up in our oceans, where it’s responsible for killing one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year.

And it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates. For the good of the planet, it’s time to rethink how we use plastic.

“Every year, 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world; 13 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean; 17 million barrels of oil are used on plastic production; 83 per cent of tap water is found to contain plastic particles.

This is alarming and dangerous to the environment. In particular, it’s impacting the ocean, which constitutes the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.”

She described this year’s theme as a call to action to combat one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges and reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on the environment.

In a bid to reverse the awful situation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the Ministry of Environment has partnered with critical stakeholders to develop a national strategy that would phase out non-bio degradable plastics in Nigeria.

At the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo said the ministry was also in partnership with state governments to develop a plastic waste recycling programme that would involve the establishment of recycling plants across the country.

Two plants have been completed in Ilorin, Kwara State and Lokoja, Kogi State. Work is ongoing on another in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, he said.

Osinbajo furthermore challenged multi-national corporations that produce fast-moving goods in plastics to take steps towards managing wastes.

“It is my view that to control the proliferation of plastic sachets, we must go back to the major producers of fast-moving goods, to put in place recycling programmes that could effectively ensure that while we seek environmentally-friendly options for packaging, we are keeping the environment as free of plastics as possible,” he said.

He added: “Nigeria is in a good place to lead Africa and indeed the world in beating plastic pollution. There are a good number of effective initiatives that we are considering as we develop policies.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki, represented by Senator Victor Umeh, said the legislature would continue to support the Ministry of Environment “by providing robust laws that would ensure a healthy and sustainable environment.”

Earlier, the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, said his office has been up and running on matters of pollution and waste management, and has packaged policy targets and regulatory benchmarks aimed at reducing plastic pollution in the country.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) also weighed into efforts to save the environment, announcing a new policy it said would check waste and pollution in its operations.

The Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru (represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Saidu Mohammed) said the policy would make effective management of waste streams generated during operations a priority through the use of the best available technology.

The corporation will, henceforth, employ the “principle of the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – to achieve goal zero of no harm to people and no harm to environment throughout its operations,” he said.

On its part, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, the company contracted to clean up Nigeria’s most populated city, Lagos, urged residents to reduce their use of plastic and rubber materials to win the fight against plastic pollution.

“Curbing plastic pollution is a collective effort for all to do. This would be to the benefit of every one of us,” said Operations Manager, Shola Taiwo.

In a statement by its Lead Director, Eze Onyekpere, the Centre for Social Justice, stressed that beyond the theme of plastics, the Nigerian constitution places an obligation on the government to protect and improve the environment and safeguard the water, air and land, forest and wild life of the country. It, therefore, made the following recommendations to the authorities:

“Taking of policy and legal steps to reduce plastic pollution; prioritisation of climate smart agriculture and reforestation; establishment of the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation Fund, to be financed by holders of mineral titles; support and mobilisation of resources for renewable energy use; implementation of the two per cent per year energy efficiency target in the Paris Climate Change Agreement; and mainstreaming of the low carbon framework into Nigeria’s budgeting system and increase of allocation to the environment, in federal and state budgets, to not less than two per cent of the overall budget.”

Others are: “Urgent and targeted steps to address deforestation and desertification through increased resource mobilisation, greater accountability, transparency and value for money in resource expenditure and involvement of communities in the interventions; cleanup of oil spills in Ogoniland and the entire Niger Delta region, and addressing of the incidence of ‘black soot’ in Rivers State.”

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INEC chair: Lawan denies taking N2b bribe to confirm Yakubu

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INEC chair: Lawan denies taking N2b bribe to confirm Yakubu

By James Ojochegbe

The president of the senate Ahmad Lawan has denied collecting any gratification of N2b to facilitate the confirmation of the INEC chairman as alleged by an online publication.

This contained in a Statement issued in Abuja by his special Adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a report by SaharaReporters alleging that a group led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, collected N2billion from Professor Mahmood Yakubu to facilitate the confirmation of his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to a fresh five-year tenure as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“It is noteworthy that the publication, as always with its ridiculous fabricated reports, could not even expand the entertainment of its readers by providing the names of members of the fictitious group and where the group operates from.
“To be sure, that group exists only in the mischievious imagination of the writer of the fiction.”
The Statement enjoined Nigerians to ignore the report as yet another incident of hallucination by the comical characters operating the fabricated news platform.

“The online medium has long earmed its notoriety as a purveyor of fake news with high profile public officials as its targets. 
“It is well known that only the President can nominate a candidate for appointment or reappointment as Chairman of INEC.
And only the Senate as a body can confirm or reject the appointment, after due screening of the candidate.
“The parliamentary process for the confirmation of nominations by the President is open and involves all distinguished senators.
“The Senate President is only a presiding officer of the Senate and does not lead any group in or outside the august chamber that acts in any way to circumvent the processes of the Senate. “We reassure Nigerians that the Senate President did not receive any gratification, in his or behalf of others, to help Professor Yakubu get a second term as chairman of INEC.”

He challenged SaharaReporters and the sponsors of the false publication to provide whatever evidence that they can in support of their glib claims, failing which Nigerians should dismiss the report as another cheap blackmail from a platform that has no reputation for credible reportage and ethical journalism practise.”

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What seemed like a barefaced denial by the Federal Government on the alleged Lekki killings have refused to gel in the midst of various reports and reactions triggered by the shooting.

This was just as the minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed demanded that CNN be sanctioned for publishing the report that is contrary to Government’s position.

The minister, who addressed reporters in Abuja almost 24 hours after the report was published, stated that it was one-dimensional and lacked balance.

However, the Cable News Network (CNN) would not accept that as it reacted to the comments by Lai Mohammed, on its investigation into the shooting that took place at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.

The CNN maintained that it did not rush to publish the report as it ensured due processes were followed, which included thorough research.

“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” a spokesperson for the American-based news agency was quoted as saying in an email on Thursday.

Reacting further the CNN on its website stated that the report, titled ‘How A Bloody Night Of Bullets And Brutality Quashed A Young Protest Movement’, was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, as well as photos and video obtained and geolocated by the news agency.

Though the Nigerian Army confirmed that soldiers were deployed at the venue where peaceful #EndSARS protesters had gathered on October 21, it insisted that nobody was killed.

The army has also continued to insist that no live ammunition was fired at the protest ground, stressing that only blank bullets were used to disperse the demonstrators.

CNN on Wednesday released an investigative report alleging that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests in Lekki, Lagos state.

The international media outlet also unveiled the identity of a protester who reportedly died on the night of the shootings.

CNN said a forensic probe of the bullet casings recovered from the scene of the incident revealed that live bullets were fired at the protesters

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‘It will take a century to achieve 50% of the needs of people with disabilities’

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‘It will take a century to achieve 50% of the needs of people with disabilities’

The Executive secretary of National Commission for Persons with Disabilities James David Lalu has indicated that it will take almost 100 years to meet 50% of the expectations of people living with disabilities based on meagre budget of N1, 749, 884, 495 allocated for the commission

He spoke yesterday during the budget defense of the commission before the senate committee on special duties.

According to him, even if the new commission is going to be allocated N20 Billion every year, it will take almost 20 years to meet half of their needs.
“Just the provision of assistive device only, before a person can get artificial limbs that can last for more than five years he will require N500, 000.
He said at the moment that Nigeria is facing so much challenges of crises a lot of people are already becoming members of persons with disabilities. “Some of them because of gun shots and they are amputated. Today in Nigeria we are with the statistics everyday in our tertiary health facilities you have one or two persons being amputated.
“And an amputated person who does not have artificial limb but walks with clutches  automatically can not go to farm, he will not be able to fend for himself and when it happens he may resort to begging. Just because he has no wheel chair he may not be able to go to school and this a way that a potential president and a potential Local Government chairman or a potential senator is wasted just because he does not have the basic limb.
“These are things that are tied to us as a commission that we are to provide for them so that they can stand on their own.”
He said despite all the COVID-19 palliatives given to persons with disabilities if they are not provided with basic assistive devices to stand on their own to do business or farming automatically they can not do anything.
He said the commission was established and their appointments were announced on the 24th of August 2020.
“It was established mainly to take care of persons with disabilities across the federation.
“We have accumulated population of 31.5 million persons with disability across Nigeria.”
He explained that the commission’s main mandate is to take care of their education, their health, livelihood, provision of accessible facilities, and protection of their lives and dignity as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said taking care of their education means they have to ensure the enrolment of their children in schools from primary to tertiary education.
“When you talk about empowerment, it starts with education and providing education for them is the first thing we have to do.
“In the area of health to provide healthcare services to persons with disability across Nigeria, in the area of livelihood we have to ensure that persons with disability are properly empowered to stand on their own and fend for themselves.
“In the area of accessibility it is within our mandate to ensure that all public buildings in Nigeria are properly accessible for persons with disability with provision of all accessible facilities to ensure that our people can move freely everywhere.”
This he said is important so that they can have many of them as senators like the committee members so they can make their contribution to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said their mandate which has to do with the protection of their rights is to make sure that they reduce to the bearest minimum discrimination against every person with disability in every government circle, so that they can participate in every Government activity.
“Our approach as a commission is inclusive development approach
So it is no longer charity but to see persons with disability as partners in progress.
“We must make sure we mainstream people with disability into all government programme and projects.
“To at least ensure 10 percent inclusion of persons with disability in all Government activities”
In the area of employment  he said the national disability commission has already made provision for 5% of persons with disability employment.
“We are soliciting the cooperation of this committee to ensure we realise the 5% employment opportunity for persons with disabilities in all Government parastatals.
“Provision of disability specific services which has to do with a lot of disability assistive devices.
“A lot of persons with disability today require artificial limbs, some hearing aid, these are some of the things tied to the disability commission to make sure we respond to these in all of the 774 local Governments in Nigeria.
“The expectations of persons with disability in this commission is very very high. We require the support of your committee to see how we can meet with these Dmands.”
He said when the senators go for their campaigns they will see persons with disabilities in their constituencies who also support them one way or the other.
“Our budget proposal for the 2021 was N1, 749, 884, 495 for the personel cost it is N749884498 and for Overhead it is N299,999,997
Capital cost N700m
Looking into our mandate is to cater for all persons with disability in all 774 local Government areas and over 8000 electoral wards in Nigeria.
He asked the committee to consider an upward review of the budget so they can meet with high expectations from the disability community.
He said in their budget there is provision for data and provision for disability certificate to make it possible to identify their members and make sure that all the interventions that are going to be provided are provided for the real persons with disabilities.

The chairman of the committee senator Yusuf Yusuf demanded that the commission establish a database for people with disabilities—from local governments to states to ascertain the exact number.
“Then we will know the kind of health facilities we have to provide, the kind of capacity building you are going to make, means of livelihood, education etc.
“I looked at your 2021 budget to see which area we are going to capture that for making provision for effective database. We will look at it so see what amendments to make to give you leeway to spend money.”
He also canvassed for the creation of zonal and states offices as he pointed out the fact that it was not captured in the budget.
“But we will look at it to see how you are going to build your offices. We would want that structure of state and local government offices in the next 24 hours.”

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