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Market Leaders, Hausa Community, Commend Gov Makinde on Enviromental Campaign

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From Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan

The campaign for attitudinal change for better environmental sanitation by Oyo State Government has been commended by leaders of major markets and community leaders in Oyo State.

The commendation came when the State Commissioner for Environment and Natural resources, Hon.

Kehinde Ayoola visited some markets and targeted communities in Ibadan, the State capital.

Among the places visited by the Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry was the popular Bodija market and Sabo community at Mokola in Ibadan.

The Babaloja of Bodija market, Alh. Sulaimon Jimoh and the Seriki of Sabo, Alh.

Dairu Zungeru said the massive campaign by the Seyi Makinde-led administration to change the poor attitude of residents on environmental sanitation has started yielding better fruits as people have realized the need for clean environment and hazard of indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

They pledged to always mobilize their people to abide by government’s environmental regulations and maintain the sanitation culture that was instituted by the present administration.

Jimoh said: “This government has made us realize that health is really wealth and with the massive campaign they are sponsoring, the result is evident all over the State. People are aware that they are the cause of flooding because they throw waste in the river and water channel while the enforcement effort has made all market women and people in the market knew how to properly dispose of their waste.

“While we commend government for this, we will call on them not to relax. Our people need constant reminder and the enforcement system must have human face.”

Alh. Zungeru advised that evacuation system should be strengthened to make the efforts successful. “In Sabo, the rate that our people pollute the environment with indiscriminate waste dumping has drastically reduced since the officials of the State Ministry of Environment have been coming to meet us and educate us about hazard of impunity in sanitation attitude.

“We appreciate what they have been doing for us. The government has done so well and we pledge to always cooperate with them.”

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola said the State would soon start prosecuting environmental offenders as mobile courts would soon start working throughout the State. 

Hon. Kehinde Ayoola stated that the era of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on road medians, water ways and other open spaces as well as street trading were over, adding that it was clearly stated in the environmental law that whosoever generate wastes must be responsible for its collection.

“Now that the awareness on indiscriminate dumping of wastes is well circulated, the next line of action is the commencement of the mobile court and anyone caught dumping refuse indiscriminately shall be apprehended and sanctioned accordingly,” he added

The  Commissioner  further revealed that as part of the civil responsibility of individuals, prompt payment  should be made to the official refuse collectors while also ensuring that wastes are being properly bagged.

He also enjoined traders to desist from street trading due to the hazards  it could cause

“This present administration will not leave any stone un-turned towards ensuring that the environment is highly protected against epidemics and other havoc,” Ayoola stressed. 


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Erosion Control Project: Gombe SEC Approves N389m Compensation for Residents

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The Gombe State Executive Council (SEC) has approved payment of N389 million as compensation for residents that would be affected by the gully erosion control project at Federal College of Education (FCE) Technical and its surrounding communities.

The Commissioner for Finance, Gombe State, Malam Mohammed Magaji, stated this at the end of the SEC meeting on Friday in Gombe.

Magaji said the payment, which would commence immediately, would be for individuals and organisations along the gully erosion site.

He said almost 1000 persons were expected to benefit from the gesture.

According to him, the compensation is part of the requirements of the World Bank, which specifies that such payments be made to property owners.

Magaji said the payment would also be made to ensure seamless resettlement of affected persons.

“The beneficiaries are in hundreds, almost a 1,000 people; there is compensation for houses, and also for business premises.

“There is also stipends for the elderly living around that area so that they are able to have good livelihood,” he said.

The commissioner for Education, Hajiya Aishatu Maigari, also said the SEC approved upgrade of the five mega senior secondary schools in the state to sustain improvement in the education sector.

Maigari said the upgrade would be carried out based on the needs of each of the schools.

She stated that infrastructure in some of the schools were already being upgraded to global standards.

“We have seen construction of toilets, installation of solar-powered light, construction of roads, school clinics, boreholes and many more,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government had on Nov. 23 signed a N12 billion contract with Triacta Nigeria Ltd. for a 21-kilometre gully erosion control work in six communities within Gombe metropolis.

The project is under ACRESAL project, a World Bank-assisted project to address the challenges of land degradation and climate change in northern Nigeria. (NAN)

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Fire Razes Household Properties Estimated at Millions of Naira

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The Ebonyi Fire Service, on Tuesday confirmed that a fire incident destroyed properties estimated at millions of naira at the residence of Mr Chris Uchaji, a former commissioner in the state.

Mr Raphael Ibiam, the Chief Fire Officer of the agency, said that the inferno was suspected to have been caused by an electrical spark within the building.

He explained that the fire razed valuable household properties in three rooms of the storey building.

He said no life was lost in the incident as his men responded promptly and was later assisted by the Federal Fire Service.

“At about 0800 hours, there was a fire outbreak at 13 Lawrence Ónór street, off Nna street.

“It destroyed properties in a storey building belonging to Mr Chris Uchaji, a Former State Commissioner for Solid Mineral Development,” Ibiam said.

Uchaji told newsmen shortly after the incident, that he was at the stadium with his wife for morning exercise when he received a distress call from his security man that his family house was on fire.

“We quickly rushed to the scene, only to see many people on a rescue mission as the whole house had been engulfed.

“I suspected it was due to an electrical spark and it started in my wife’s room, where my six-year-old daughter was sleeping.

“The intensity of the fire was high and it spread to other rooms, causing massive damage, but thank God no life was lost.

“I thank God for people’s goodwill and the fire service. Though the state fire service came here, their water finished early, but with the intervention of federal firefighters, they were able to control the fire.” Uchaji said.(NAN)

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Nigeria’s NGO Takes Plights of Local Communities to COP28

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Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development, a Nigeria-based NGO, has called for the involvement of local communities in decision-making on climate solutions in order to build a sense of responsibility and unity.

Mr Israel Orekha, Executive Director of the NGO, made the call on Monday in his address at a side event organised at the ongoing COP28 in Dubai.

“The event is themed “Putting Local Community First in Climate Agenda.

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Orekha advocated policy changes that incentivised and prioritised sustainable practices at the local and national levels

According to him, empowering communities through participation will ensure that solutions align with local needs.

He also called for inclusive policies that addressed both environmental and social aspects of clean energy transitions.

The executive director particularly canvassed for the consideration of local community in the clean energy transition plan.

The local community, he said, needed clean energy transition parks and not false solutions.

“Clean energy transition parks not only combat climate change but also strengthen community resilience.

“Local involvement in these parks is key to addressing pressing environmental challenges.

“Beyond jobs, clean energy engagement enhances community knowledge about sustainable practices.

“Involving communities in clean energy decisions fosters responsibility and unity.

“Local job opportunities and skill development can result from participation in the renewable energy sector.”

Orekha also underscored the importance of transparency in decision-making processes so as to discern genuine solutions from greenwashing.

“False solutions can perpetuate environmental injustice, disproportionately affecting marginalised communities.

“False solutions, like greenwashing, hinder genuine progress.

“Thorough research and community input are essential for sustainable solutions,’’ he said.

Reports says that clean energy parks are separate areas used and planned for the purpose of clean energy development, like wind and solar generation facilities.(NAN)

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