Stakeholders, FG Sign MoU To Adapt Circular Economy In Plastic Mgt – – The Tide


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The Federal Government has signed an agreement with the Japanese Government and UNID to integrate circular economy into plastic waste management.
Specifically, the agreement is aimed at promoting the integration of circular economy principles and practices into plastic waste management, strengthen plastic value chains, and demonstrate the benefits of adopting circular economy practices and resource-efficient production of plastic value chains in Nigeria.
Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, who represented the Federal Government, noted that Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million people, generates about 32 million tons of solid waste per year.
According to her, “1.15 million tons of plastic wastes, with little or no segregation, was illegally dumped in open spaces including drainages, or disposed of with hazardous wastes such as health care wastes in dumpsites and burnt openly with an estimated 340 thousand tons ending up as marine litter.
“These unwholesome practices have been linked to the perennial flooding across the country, increased respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, increased incidences of cancer, loss of aquatic life, loss in agricultural productivity, etc.
“The large volume of plastic waste being generated in the country presents circular economic business opportunities across the plastic value chain which should be properly harnessed for job/wealth creation, establishment of micro, small and medium scale enterprises, private sector investment, including foreign direct investment, in addition to preventing/reducing plastic leakages to the environment”, the Minister stated
She continued that one of the ways to realise this potential is to “support the industry by demonstrating benefits of adopting circular economy practices with innovative technologies, including recycling technology or alternative material production.
“This project would, therefore, complement the efforts of our government in mainstreaming circular economy principles and practices into our National Development Plans”, she said.
In his presentation titled “Promoting Sustainable Plastic Value Chain through Circular Economy Practices in Nigeria”, Environment Expert, UNIDO Regional Office, Oluyomi Banjo noted that plastic litter is a major global environmental problem whose production has increased  exponentially.
According to him, plastics originated mostly from land but also released into the marine environment when improperly managed can travel thousands of miles and affects the ecosystem and blue economy.
“When mismanaged, plastics are source of GHG emissions, while open burning of plastics emits toxic chemicals”, he said.
The project, which has a duration of 36 months (2022-2025), is estimated to cost JPY 319,000,000 approximately USD 2,901,527.
The Federal Ministry of Environment are the main counterparts, while key partners are the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; National Environmental Standards, Regulations and Enforcement Agency; Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB); Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) in cooperation with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, and Waste Management Association of (WAMASON).
In his remarks, the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, noted that the project will enhance the Value of the Gulf of Guinea, Development of the Blue Economy and Prosperity of Nigeria
In a Goodwill address, UNIDO Representative and Regional Director, Nigeria Office, Mr Jean Bakole said the Organization will support the country and partners in translating the agreement into boosting industrial development.
‘FG Ready To Partner Investors In Power Supply’
NPA Boosts Traffic Management With 24 Motor Bikes
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The Federal Government has indicated its readiness to partner with investors in the power sector to ensure improved electricity supply in the country.
Minister of Power, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, disclosed this while receiving the Ambassador of Turkey to Nigeria, Mr. Hidayet Bayratar, in company of two other delegates in his office in Abuja.
In a statement signed by the Information Officer in the Press and Public Relations Unit of the Ministry of Power, Mr. Mathew Osumanyi Dan’asabe, the Minister said President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire towards the power sector was to ensure that the electricity supply industry is owned by both government and the private sectors.
According to him, Nigeria and Turkey’s relationship is a long-standing one which culminated in the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Turkey and Nigeria in October 2021 for mutual benefits.
Aliyu told the ambassador that various interventions were being put into the power sector of the country.
He described the distribution aspect of the power sector in the country as an area worth investing.
The minister urged Turkey and the rest of the world to partner Nigeria and share experience in the fields of energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In his response, the ambassador said their visit was a follow-up to the MoU signed in 2021.
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The Federal Government has signed an agreement with the Japanese Government and UNID to integrate circular economy into plastic waste management.
Specifically, the agreement is aimed at promoting the integration of circular economy principles and practices into plastic waste management, strengthen plastic value chains, and demonstrate the benefits of adopting circular economy practices and resource-efficient production of plastic value chains in Nigeria.
Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, who represented the Federal Government, noted that Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million people, generates about 32 million tons of solid waste per year.
According to her, “1.15 million tons of plastic wastes, with little or no segregation, was illegally dumped in open spaces including drainages, or disposed of with hazardous wastes such as health care wastes in dumpsites and burnt openly with an estimated 340 thousand tons ending up as marine litter.
“These unwholesome practices have been linked to the perennial flooding across the country, increased respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, increased incidences of cancer, loss of aquatic life, loss in agricultural productivity, etc.
“The large volume of plastic waste being generated in the country presents circular economic business opportunities across the plastic value chain which should be properly harnessed for job/wealth creation, establishment of micro, small and medium scale enterprises, private sector investment, including foreign direct investment, in addition to preventing/reducing plastic leakages to the environment”, the Minister stated
She continued that one of the ways to realise this potential is to “support the industry by demonstrating benefits of adopting circular economy practices with innovative technologies, including recycling technology or alternative material production.
“This project would, therefore, complement the efforts of our government in mainstreaming circular economy principles and practices into our National Development Plans”, she said.
In his presentation titled “Promoting Sustainable Plastic Value Chain through Circular Economy Practices in Nigeria”, Environment Expert, UNIDO Regional Office, Oluyomi Banjo noted that plastic litter is a major global environmental problem whose production has increased  exponentially.
According to him, plastics originated mostly from land but also released into the marine environment when improperly managed can travel thousands of miles and affects the ecosystem and blue economy.
“When mismanaged, plastics are source of GHG emissions, while open burning of plastics emits toxic chemicals”, he said.
The project, which has a duration of 36 months (2022-2025), is estimated to cost JPY 319,000,000 approximately USD 2,901,527.
The Federal Ministry of Environment are the main counterparts, while key partners are the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; National Environmental Standards, Regulations and Enforcement Agency; Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB); Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) in cooperation with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, and Waste Management Association of (WAMASON).
In his remarks, the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, noted that the project will enhance the Value of the Gulf of Guinea, Development of the Blue Economy and Prosperity of Nigeria
In a Goodwill address, UNIDO Representative and Regional Director, Nigeria Office, Mr Jean Bakole said the Organization will support the country and partners in translating the agreement into boosting industrial development.
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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has introduced 24 motor bikes to monitor traffic situation along port  locations in the country, beginning with Lagos.
Managing Director of NPA, Mr. Mohammed Bello Koko, said the development was part of the Authority’s resolve to eradicate traffic gridlocks around all port locations in the country.
Koko also said it was aimed at easing the frustration and delays experienced by firms and persons doing business at the ports.
This was contained in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru, and made available to our correspondent in Lagos.
The MD, who was represented by the Authority’s Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Hon. Onari Brown, made these remarks at the unveiling of the 24 new motor bikes to strengthen traffic monitoring and enforcement along the access roads to the Lagos Ports Complex and Tin-Can Island Port.
The Authority last year introduced an electronic truck booking system that imposed scheduling restrictions on trucks doing business at the port, and, in partnership with the Lagos State Government, began an enforcement campaign against indiscriminate parking of trucks along the port access roads.
As landlord and technical regulator of the port, the NPA Managing Director at the event assured port operators and users that the Authority will continue to deploy innovative measures towards the elimination of all encumbrances preventing free movement of trade along the access roads to the port.
He commended the Lagos State Government and its agencies for the support provided to restore sanity on the roads in Apapa and its environs, just as he expressed his delight with the progress achieved since the introduction of the electronic call-up system for cargo trucks.
The Authority, he affirmed, has seen an improvement in the evacuation of cargo from the terminals to the hinterlands, while travel time to and from the port has equally improved.
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
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