August 10, 2022

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Council Seeks New National Environmental Policy, Action Plan On Climate Crisis, Threats

By Miriam Humbe, Abuja

The 16th National Council On Environment (NEC) ended in Abuja on Thursday with a 14-point communique to among other things, ensure the formulation of National Environmental Policy and Action Plan to align policies dealing with climate crisis and threats.
The 2022 NEC meeting which held between Tuesday and Thursday was themed: “Pursuit of Zero Emission: A New Trajectory towards Global Environment Renaissance”.
The meeting also urged Stakeholders to develop Action Plan for the implementation of council decisions on submitted memoranda to ensure achievement of results within agreed time frame.

Here’s the full text of the communique:
-Commended the enactment of the Climate Change Act and the appointment of a Director General for the National Council on Climate Change to drive the implementation of the Act towards actualization of Nigeria’s climate ambitions and commitments to net-zero emission.
-Commended the Federal Ministry of Environment for the gazetted Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures and charges regulations (2021) to ensure transparency and sound environmental management of developmental activities across all sectors of the economy.
-Sequel to the increasing number of gaps in Council memoranda submitted by States, the Federal Ministry of Environment should build the capacity of the States in the preparation of council memoranda and develop a template for the NCE memoranda to ensure uniformity of submitted council memoranda.
-Urged the Federal Ministry of Environment to effectively communicate its programmes and projects to the States to enable the States to buy into them.
-Urged the Federal Ministry of Environment to ensure that relevant Department coordinate and follow-up on council decisions to ensure quick implementations of council decisions by all stakeholders.
-Recognize that the sound management of chemicals and waste is indispensable in fulfilling the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and call for the development/reviewing of policies on National Chemical Management, Healthcare waste management and e-waste management incorporating emerging issues of National and Global concerns.
-The Federal Ministry of Environment should provide technical support to the states in combating the myriad of environmental challenges and support intensive environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement across the country.
-Strengthening the Policy and Legal Framework for the control and regulation of trade in semi-processed wood and allied products is critical to tackling deforestation occasioned by indiscriminate timber harvesting as well as promoting sustainable forest management.
-Continuous advocacy and awareness creation among all stakeholders at all levels is crucial to promoting inclusiveness and participatory environmental management practices for the attainment of national development objectives and global goals.
-Net-zero must be aligned with broader national sustainable development objectives, focusing on equitable net-zero transition, socio-ecological sustainability and the pursuit of broad economic opportunities for the benefit of all.
-Formulation for National Environmental Policy and Action Plan to align policies dealing with climate crisis and threats.
-There is need for a National Institute for Environmental Research and Studies to translate research outcomes into policies and actions.
-Urge the development partners to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net-zero status through the promotion of: clean technology, renewable energies like small hydro power, circular economy and waste management, policy and regulatory framework development, energy efficiency, resource efficiency and cleaner production.
-Urged Stakeholders to develop Action Plan for the implementation of council decisions on submitted memoranda to ensure achievement of results within agreed time frame.
The Council deeply appreciated the Stakeholders for their astuteness, steadfastness, commitment and critical input towards the overall success of the 16th Council Meeting.
The Communiqué was unanimously adopted by the Council following a motion for its adoption by the Commissioner of Environment, Borno State, Hon. Yerima Saleh.