Posts Tagged “Environment”
By Emmanuel Addeh Emmanuel Addeh writes on the rich cultural and tourism potential of Bayelsa State which when explored could be a major revenue earner for the state. Many people would be shocked to know that the Ijaw language, which is mostly indigenous to Bayelsa, is not monolithic. In essence, what that means is that…
He said, “Omala LGA was found to have the highest concentrations of 238U and 232Th while Ajeokuta LGA has the highest concentration of 40k. In general, the radiological parameters estimated for most of the locations compared well with world average values except for Odogba-Okaba, Salem University; Forest; Nepa; Gerugu; Niger Bridge; Igaliwu; Ijeke-ogane; Bagana and Abejuolo that exceeded the recommended limit.”
By Favour Nnabugwu The Bank of Industry has commissioned a 24kw micro-grid solar system in Charwa/Chakun, an off-grid community in Markafi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The commissioning of the N32 million stand-alone solar electrification project developed by Arnergy Solar Limited, was the last of the sixth pilot programme executed by the development finance…
The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Michael Zenner, has said Germany-Nigeria Solar Power project at the University of Ibadan will commence this year. Zenner said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday. He said the project, which cost 17,670 dollars (approx. N3.52 million), is expected to provide…
The vision of a great green wall to combat ecological degradation was conceived in 2005 by the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and the idea was strongly supported by President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. The vision evolved into an integrated ecosystem management approach in January 2007, when the African Union adopted declaration 137 VIII, approving the “Decision on the Implementation of the Green Wall for the Sahara Initiative”. In June 2010, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan signed a convention in Ndjamena, Chad, to create the Great Green Wall (GGW) Agency and nominate a secretary to further develop the initiative.
How can our environment be clean if we continue to depend on a re-source that is polluting from exploration, exploitation and consumption stages? Indeed, fossil fuels remain polluting even in their post consumption stage. How can our environment be clean if as we clean-up we keep adding new pollution? Breaking free from fossil fuels requires a decommissioning and carting away of abandoned oil facilities from Ogoniland. This is what the proposed clean-up of Ogoniland must include.
“It is regrettable that Shasha Forest Reserve in Ile-Ife, which is one of the oldest forest reserves in the country, is at the receiving end of this unsavoury development.”
Aregbesola stated that the state is not just conserving forests to keep people away from land, but for the reason that forests are necessary to protect the biodiversity of the environment.
He pointed out that forest encroachers are carrying out illegal activities, some of which are clearly criminal in nature, adding that it is more rampant in illegal logging activities.
The Ogoni cleanup will indeed represent a right start to addressing this lingering problem. It presents itself as another opportunity for the government to move away from the repressive posture of trying to force the people to submission. Implementing the UNEP report on Ogoniland is a right step to peace building which will open the doors for further engagement on development.
The Wikki Warm Springs is one of the best features of the game reserves. Flood-lit at night, it is wonderful after a hot day’s game-viewing to relax in the warm water. The spring gushes out from under a cliff, where the water is at least 6 ft. deep, with a bathing area that extends for 600 ft. to an open area.