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Kano Launches 2022 Tree Planting Initiative in Schools, Cemeteries, Communities




The Kano State Government says it’s tree planting programme in schools, cemeteries and vulnerable communities is intended to mitigate the harsh effects of climate change in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, said this on Tuesday, when he launched the first phase of tree planting campaign for 2022 in Kawaji and Dakata villages.
Getso said that the essence of the exercise was to mitigate the negative effects of environmental hazards such as climate change, global warming, desertification and enchorachment.

He said: “The essence of the tree planting is to improve the vegatative cover and address some of the environmental challenges in the state.

“The trees would be planted in schools, mosques, cemeteries, streets and neighbourhoods to achieve the desired objective.”
The commissioner charged the residents to plant a tree each “in order to control desertification, bring down the climate temperature, control flooding and provide food and medicine”.

In an address of welcome, the Village Head of Kawaji Ward, Alhaji Umaru Adamu, appealed to the residents of the area to nurture the trees planted by the government for their own benefits.
Also, the Village Head of Dakata, Alhaji Salisu Ibrahim, commended the State Government for launching the campaign in their area.
The two community heads pledged to nurture the trees that would be planted and ensure the sustenance of the culture.
They gave assurance that they would motivate the natives to plant more trees in their respective neighbourhoods.
Newsmen report that Kawaji and Dakata villages are mostly affected by environmental challenges in the state. (NAN)

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U.S. Commits $200m to Address Climate Change in Nigeria




The United States Government is to commit 200 million U.S. dollars to start-up process on Clean Energy Demand Initiative to help address climate change in the country.

The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Mr John Kerry, made the commitment when his team paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Kerry, who also signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the minister on the initiative, said the programme started in Glasgow.

According to him, the initiative is a way by which companies and countries can make decisions to implement buying or production of green products.

“The initiative is also to accelerate the marketplace creation, so that it will help transition programme faster and help to achieve a clean energy economy as well as dealing with climate crisis.

“The minister has agreed in the letter of intent.

We have 200 million dollars at the moment committed to the startup in the process of safety,” he said.

Kerry said the initiative would take a lot of billions of dollars and trillions of investment in the country.

”We talked today about the ways in which we can be helpful to bring major amount of capital to the table with technology to help Nigeria, move faster to the clean energy economy.

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“That is the future and all of the citizens of Nigeria will benefit from cleaner air,” he said.

He said that the programme would provide job opportunities and develop economic as well as promoting a healthy environment in the country.

“I will like to explore with you and listen to you to think through how we can work together as you implement your own climate change.

“As you also think about the long term future and sustainability for Nigeria for the Africa, we will like to explore with you on how we can increase the ambition that you have set out already in your Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

“I congratulate you. Nigeria is taking a lead towards COP 27 and it is an opportunity to reduce emissions and deal with the climate crisis.

“So, on that note, the initiative is a very important effort to try to send a signal to the marketplace and to bring your businesses to the table.

“We are going to work together. I’ve got a good team here.

“We are all working on this programme every day, trying to figure out the road ahead and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about that,” he said.

The minister said the MoU would help Nigeria to participate in the clean energy demand initiative being supported by the U.S. government.

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He said the essence of the initiative was to ensure a healthy and clean energy accessible in the country.

He thanked the U.S. Government for the support and commitment in ensuring that environmental crisis is tackled in the country.

Abdullahi said that the ministry was also committed to strongly work with the U.S Government for effective implementation of environmental programmes and achieve net zero in the country. (NAN)

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Buhari Laments Plight of Over 500,000 Flood Victims Nationwide




By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was worried over the flood situation in the country, which has affected over 500,000 Nigerians since January this year.

Extending heartfelt condolences to all the families affected by the recent flooding in different States across the country, the President pledged to provide the needed emergency assistance to individuals and communities affected by the disaster.

In a statement by Senior Special Assistant , Media and Public Affairs, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President urged other public-spirited individuals and organisations to support hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent help in the affected communities.

“The President reiterates that these tragic events have brought to fore the need for States and local governments to step up their level of preparedness in handling emergencies, which remains a shared responsibility with the Government at the Centre,” the statement said.

Buhari affirmed that the Federal Government will continue to monitor the situation very closely to work more with states and affected communities to reduce the impact of the disaster, provide resources and improve response and recovery efforts and advised inhabitants of flood-prone areas to always adhere to the early warning advisories as issued by the organisations saddled with climate monitoring and disaster management.

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Since January this year flooding has been reported in Lagos, Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Edo, Delta, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia States and the Federal Capital Territory, affecting  508,721 people.

The destructive floods have displaced 73,379 people, 115 casualties, and injured 277 people.

The floods and heavy rain have left around 37, 633 houses destroyed or severely damaged, according to latest data made available to the Presidency from the relevant Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

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Flooding: Kano Govt Sets up Technical Committee, to Demolish Structures on Waterways — Commissioner




Kano State Government has constituted a technical committee to expeditiously look into the prevailing flooding occasioned by the intermittent heavy downpours recorded in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Kano.

He said that the government was worried about the occurrence of the floods, which wrecked havoc on the metropolitan areas.

Garba said the committee was saddled with the task of studying the metropolitan roads, drainage systems and culverts that were dilapidated, with a view to rehabilitating them, or reconstructing new ones where possible.

He pointed out that the committee would also find out structures built on waterways that often times blocked free flow of water, thereby causing flooding.

The commissioner expressed concern over the calamity and commiserated with the victims.

He called on the residents of the state to bear with the government, as everything possible would be done to address the situation.(NAN)

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