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We must decarbonise to reduce greenhouse gas generation — UNIDO

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…Recommends strategic approaches to achieving NetZero status

By Gloria Akudoro, Abuja

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on Thursday, said the solution to the rising status of carbon dioxide “is to redirect our goals towards decarbonising and drastically reduce greenhouse gas generation in Nigeria and the world at large.”

The Representative and Regional Director, UNIDO Regional Office Hub, Dr. Jean Bakale made the disclosure at the opening of the 3-day 16th National Council of Environment held in Abuja with the theme; “Pursuit of Net-Zero Emission: A New Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance.”

Bakale, ably represented by Osuji Otu, said achieving a Net-zero emissions status has become a new ambition of every developed, developing and forward-thinking country in the world as its continuous experience increases climate change.

He said, “Today the sea levels are rising with frequent flooding that is destroying lives and properties worth several millions of dollars, global temperature is rising and wildfires are rampant, food security is greatly affected as farmers are increasingly finding it difficult to predict planting seasons, insecurity is on the increase, affecting food production (eg. in Lake Chad region), and threatening livelihoods of rural communities and lots more.

“Climate change and the unimaginable are beginning to happen. With all these and more, the solution is to decarbonise and drastically reduce greenhouse gas generation.”

Since Nigeria joins the world to work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the UNIDO Regional Director has therefore outlined seven (7) approaches to achieving NetZero status in Nigeria:

Developing and enforcing policies, regulatory and institutional frameworks; Promoting clean technologies right from start-ups, circular economy, renewable energies and more; Experience and knowledge sharing of best practices with other countries; Signatory and membership of Multilateral Environment Agreements/Conventions/Treaties and its various working groups; Fostering effective and robust partnerships (7)Robust and effective environmental management advocacy.

While reiterating UNIDO commitment towards supporting Nigeria in promoting inclusive sustainable industrial development and achieving a green and sustainable national development, noted that, “Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, it has the highest population with an advantage of a high percentage of youths. Nigeria does not lack capacity nor does it lack ideas.

Bakale who stressed on UNIDO’s activities of developing industrial policies that are resource-efficient and protective of the natural environment and human health, said they are presently implementing the Nigeria Country Programme which runs from 2018 to 2022 and environmental management is a standalone and important component of this Country Programme.

“Based on the request of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Country Programme will be converted into a Partnership for Country Programme by January 2023.”

In his goodwill message, Country Representative, Food and Agriculture of the United Nations(FAO), Fred Kafeero, ably represented by its Assistant Country Representative, Abubakar Suleiman, said the time is apt as the meeting remains the highest body in Nigeria for appraising policy direction for environment and climate change as well as effectiveness and impacts of strategies and projects delivery.

According to him, the theme is a call for action to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emission and energy transition for Nigeria.

Appreciating the Federal Ministry of Environment for the signing into law of the Climate Change Act by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, revealed that the Climate Change Act has come at an opportune time and will be necessary for the attainment of the county’s commitment to achieving environmental sustainability goals.

“FAO Nigeria over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners, within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework (CPF), in the implementation of evidence based gender-responsive policies, strategies and programmes that address food insecurity, malnutrition, natural resources management, climate resilience and integrated disaster management and response systems.

“The current Nigeria’s CPF which guides FAO support to Government of Nigeria and other stakeholders, will be coming to an end this year, and as usual from now through December 2022, FAO would be expanding will reach to include feedback and views from relevant government ministries, department and agency, as well as civil society organizations, development partners, the academic community and the private sector for the formulation of new CPF for Nigeria for 2023-2027,” he stressed.

He assured that FAO Nigeria would always give consideration to supporting special efforts being made by the Government of Nigeria to ensure more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, better environment, and better life for all, leaving no one behind.

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Burna Boy legendary – Joeboy

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Popular singer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donus, popularly known as Joeboy, has claimed his Grammy-winning colleague, Burna Boy, has attained legendary status in the music industry.

He made the remarks following Burna Boy’s latest groundbreaking achievement.

Burna Boy recently made history as the first African artist to sell out the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

He sold out the iconic venue back-to-back; on Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25.

Reacting via his X handle, Joeboy wrote; “Burna boy is on some legendary doings.”

Meanwhile, Asake is also set to sell out the same venue in his upcoming Canadian tour.

 

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Flooding: SEMA, others embark on early sensitization, warning of flood prone Anambra communities

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ANAMBRA State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in conjunction with the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, International Organization for Migration, IOM, and Anambra State Executive Council, ANSEC has embarked on early warning sensitization visit to flood prone communities in the state.

The flood prone communities visited include Ayamelum, Awka North, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru and Ihiala Local Government Areas, LGAs.

The Executive Secretary, SEMA, Paul Odenigbo while speaking on the visit urged the affected communities to prepare, “as this year’s flood would be slightly above normal as predicted by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Nigeria Hydrological Agency, NIHSA.’’

He explained that the essence of the early sensitization visit was to make sure people and communities were not caught unawares when the flood rose.

The Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South East Zone, Ngozi Echeazu represented by Mr. Kingsley Okolo called on town planning authorities of the LGAs visited to ensure that people abide by all the flood precautionary measures when building houses.

The Chairman of Anambra West LGA, Mr. Felix Ikeji, commended the delegation for their timely sensitization and promised to ensure that the message of early flood preparation gets to the grassroots.

Blessings Okafor of Anambra State Erosion, Watersheds and Climate Change Agency, ANSEWCCA, advised the people of the flood prone areas to develop the habit of planting trees to check the menacing movement of flood waters.

A representative of International Organization for Migration, IOM, Mr. Samuel Hezekiah cautioned residents of the areas against dumping of refuse inside drainage and water channels.

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NGO building an army of grassroots climate solution actors in Kaduna

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An NGO, Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), says it is building an army of grassroots climate solution actors in Kaduna State to strengthen local solutions to the global climate crisis.

WISE Founder and Programme Director, Mrs Olanike Olugboji-Daramola, made this known to the Newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.

Olugboji-Daramola said the climate solutions actors would be trained and empowered under the 2023 to 2024 Women Earth Alliance (WEA)-WISE Nigeria COVID-19 and Climate Resilience Programme.

She said that 30 grassroots climate solution actors would be trained in addition to the 30 earlier trained in 2022.

She said that the programme was open to leaders of women and youth organisations and groups, interested in working for renewable energy access, health, and climate resilience.

She also said that the programme was open to women and youths groups interested in profitable and scalable green micro enterprise and environmental sustainability in their communities.

“We welcome climate solutions advocates, influencers, champions, organisers and entrepreneurs who want to become climate solution actors.

“We equally want entrepreneurs, advocates and ambassadors in the areas of tree planting and growing, clean cooking technologies, renewable energy products distribution and sales,” she said.

The founder and programme director said that the selected participants would be equipped with a series of training on Green Microenterprise Development and related support.

She said that the participants would be committed to specific activities during and beyond the training period in four phases – preparation, training, follow-ups, and Implementation.

She added that the training team would provide follow-up support for each participant, as well as linkages to allied resources.

Olugboji-Daramola said that 30 grassroots women had undergone similar training in 2022 under the two-year programme funded by WEA, a United States-based NGO.

She said that WEA provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives and connects them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders.

“The COVID-19 and Climate Resilience Programme, which began in March 2022, was designed to build the capacities of 60 women in social entrepreneurship and reusable energy within two years.

“The goal of the programme is to develop the capacity and improve income of women and youth groups while addressing climate change issues in their communities.

“This is through profitable and scalable green micro-enterprises as an action in finding solutions to climate issues,” she said.

She added that the second goal was to ensure that communities were better informed about women-led climate solutions.

This, according to her, will equip women with the needed information, knowledge and skills that will put them at the frontline of addressing environmental challenges and climate issues.

The founder said that the expectation at the end of the project was that 60 women would be generating profit through sale of at least 3,600 clean energy cookstoves and charcoal briquettes.

She added that 3,000 native trees would have been planted in two neglected public spaces and three degraded sites by the end of the project, with at least 90 per cent survival after a year of planting.

“The programme is also expected to reach 3,500 residents with information on women-led climate solutions through awareness campaigns,” she said.

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