African continent, with the richest natural resources and the youngest population on the planet, faces serious development challenges. The environment, probably the most important among the challenges, is linked to issues of energy, transport, waste management, climate change, deforestation, soil degradation and decline of biodiversity.
In many areas, there are also issues of pollution, lack of irrigation and drinking water, and threats of unsustainable urbanization. The response to all these challenges is Going Green. It’s a process whereby Africa can achieve sustainable development and, by effectively drawing on its vast resources, including the young and dynamic population, rapidly turning into valuable human capital which is the crucial factor in the development process.
That supports the Ogun State government, under the leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun when he said that his administration would leave behind landmark legacies that will stand the test of time. Then in his speech three years ago at a two-day workshop organized by the Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and Ministry of Environment on Tree Planting tagged “Ogun State Going Green”, he said that the policy is to sensitize the people of the state, the values and benefits of tree planting in their environments apart from its beautification of environment.
Planting trees also contributes to reducing the harmful products, avoiding greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing waste and pollution-thereby contributing to an improved ecosystem (securing clean water, flood protection and biodiversity).
Sadly, many people do not understand what going green is all about. In a keynote address, the initiator of the project, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun noted that the international conference and workshop would highlight simple but important steps that should be taken to reduce adverse environmental effect, save money and make people live happier and healthier lives.
She said the programme would be a pathway to solar energy, turning waste to wealth as well as other relevant aspects that would help create wealth and at the same time provide healthy and sustainable development in the state.
A Chinese firm, Wuhan Longfecund Agricultural Development Company Ltd., is set to establish a feed mill and maize farm in Cross River State.
Chairman of the Company Yongsheng Cao stated this during a visit to Governor Ben Ayade at the Government House in Calabar.
Onion farmers in Katsina State, this year, recorded bumper harvest just as high market demand of the produce has pushed its price higher than last year’s.
Usman Almu Bazanga, an onion farmer in Danja LGA, attributed the current high price to shortage of the produce in market as only few of the farmers cultivated it.
18,000 women are being taken out of poverty in Jigawa State, courtesy of a goat multiplication farming programme introduced by the state government. Daily Trust’s Aliyu Hamagam reports that the goat rearing scheme is an initiative used by many countries in Africa, Asia and South America as a powerful tool to eradicate poverty amongst women.
Aishatu Jibrin is a 22 year old housewife and a beneficiary of the Jigawa State government’s goat multiplication scheme. A mother of four and a resident of Kudai, a suburb of Dutse, the state capital, Aishatu is one of thousands of beneficiaries of the state’s goat poverty reduction programme. Before her enrolment in the scheme, Aishatu was a cap knitter - an art form mostly dominated by women but worn by men.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Monday approved N15.5 million as seed funding and grants for final year students enrolled in the state’s graduate employment and entrepreneurs scheme.
Ambode’s Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said in a statement that the initiative is aimed at providing final year students of the state’s tertiary institutions with the tools and knowledge to become effective employees or job creators.
Microsoft founder and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, yesterday said the private sector needs partnership with the Nigerian government and other regional bodies in West Africa in order to fight Wild Polio Virus (WPV).
Gates stated this in an interview with Voice of America “Africa 54” programme monitored in Abuja.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent new cases of polio in Borno State, he described the two incidents as disappointing, considering the enormous success recorded earlier in polio eradication.