Archive | May, 2012

How food security can be fulcrum of national plans – UN

28 May


By Micheal Simire

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Nigeria, Daouda Toure, stated during the recent launch of the African Human Development Report 2012 themed: “Towards a Food Secure Future” in Abuja that Africa can indeed build a food secure future. According to him, Nigeria has taken a leadership role and leading the way in the continental Agricultural Transformation Agenda

All around the world more than 140 countries have published some 600 National Human Development Reports (NHDRs) with UNDP support. In Nigeria, about six national reports have been produced including one that focused on the ‘Niger Delta’ and the other one on ‘Achieving Growth with Equity’. Through NHDRs, UNDP has contributed to policy dialogue at country level and other critical issues in the development paradigm in advancing human development. This report puts food security at the fore front of development agenda for the continent.

This Africa Human Development Report advocates people-centered and comprehensive approaches to food security, and is both timely and important. It reminds us that food security is basic to human development, and that food insecurity can trap generations of people in underdevelopment.

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Nigeria’s contributions and expectations from Rio

28 May


By Michael Simire Deputy Editor, Sunday

“It is hoped that Nigeria will also gain from the Rio+20 conference in terms of capacity building, effective and proper participation, and derive benefits from the green climate fund that is expected to be put in place.” Those were the words of Nigeria’s Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia, last week in Abuja as she briefed some members of the House of Representatives on the nation’s preparations for the historic summit, tagged “Rio+20”.

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Green Deal Nigeria

28 May
Last week, I had Christine K the Country Director of Heinrich Boell Foundation  in Nigeria, HBS  on my radio show “Green Angle” to discuss the Green Deal Nigeria Study. Just 2weeks earlier, #GreenDealNigeria trended a great deal on twitter. My colleagues @omojuwa, @abangmercy, @xeenarh and I, closely followed the debate and ensured it came alive on social media.  She spoke about the  important questions that must the answered in our quest for national development and as the world moves towards sustainable development.

Invitation – ABUJA+20: THE ROAD TO RIO

26 May

Nigerian youth and children are getting much more committed to protecting there planet and their future. The Abuja+20 is a great way to mark Children’s day 2012. The project is a pre Rio+20 campaign that hopes to identify pathways for people,local communities, corporate bodies, schools, Media, NGOs, Government MDAs and the international community to share best practices aimed to promote Green Economy and Sustainable Development. In June 2012, world leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) to seek a new consensus on global actions to safeguard the future of the planet and the right of future generations to live healthy and fulfilling lives. As a build up to Rio+20, the MyCity+20 (Abuja+20) project was developed to allow children and youth from different backgrounds to contribute and proffer solutions to issues that are affecting the future they want.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Millennium Park, Abuja
3.00pm – 6.00pm

By participating in Abuja+20, you will be joining in a global community of people who are making a resolution to change their lifestyle in the name of sustainability.
Dress Code is blue top with black or blue jeans trousers.

Calculating Toyin Saraki’s Communication Carbon Footprint

26 May

I saw this photo of  Toyin Saraki and couldn’t help but imagine how much energy she would need to keep those phones powered 24hrs a day.  The photo shows 5 power phones and these could just be the ones that made the red carpet. The carbon footprint of using 1 mobile phone is  47kg CO2e: for a 1 year,typical usage of just under 2 minutes per day 1250kg CO2e: a year’s usage at 1 hour per day 125 million tonnes CO2e. Mobile phones cause a fairly tiny slice of global emissions, but if you are a chatterbox using your mobile for an hour each day, the total adds up to more than 1 tonne CO2e per year – the equivalent of flying from London to New York, one way, in economy class.  So multiply  that by 5.  It’s the energy needed to fly from London to New York, 5 times. That’s a lot maam!!  What does she need all those phones for? Is that how much wealth and wastage that comes with Nigerian governance.

Mrs Saraki’s husband is Senator Bukola Saraki, Chair, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology.

Luxury living for our ailing environment and economy!!

Read more about communication carbon footprint here.

Bats: Protecting the Flying Mammal

24 May


 I recently saw a bat that got electrocuted while trying to hang on a high tension cable. I wondered why some birds perched on same cable were busy chirping away, till my husband reminded me that a bat isn’t a bird, but a mammal; being online for those birds was no big deal.  The sight of the bat was a bit scary for me and most passers by and for them , the bat getting electrocuted is good enough reward for the evil creature. In most Nigerian communities, a bat is considered evil, infact it’s associated to ‘winshes and wizards”.   It could be because it enjoys darkness and it’s physical features.  For this post, it was not easy finding a moderately good looking bat . Who cares to protect “evil” ?  Who wants bats for dinner?

This enlightening piece  was written  by Damian Daga of The Voice Newspaper , Makurdi, Benue State.

It is no longer news that bats are the only mammals that can fly. It is however news that this nocturnal creatures, which have modified hands and arms that serve as wings, capable of sustained flight are gradually becoming endangered. This mammal which has been in existence for close to 50 million years has nearly 1000 living species which according to Encarta Encyclopedia accounts for almost a quarter of all mammal species. The species are divided into two major groups, the first being the Megachiroptera, or mega-bats which are large and commonly known as Old World fruit bats because they are mainly fruit-eaters. These bats are only found in tropical habitats of Africa, India, and Australasia. The second group, the Microchiroptera, or micro-bats are smaller and eat a variety of foods, from small mammals to fish. Although history long fallacy by people who considered bats to be dangerous and frightful creatures of the night has come and gone, they continue to be wrongly and unjustifiably accused to be evil or carriers of diseases. It could be recalled that medieval superstition held sway that bats are blood suckers and carriers of rabies. However, studies give evidence to the contrary. Averagely, in the United States of America, only one person per year dies from rabid bat, a bite which is less than those who die from dog bites or bee stings; although, it is possible that some bats may carry some deadly virus. In Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria, there is no record of bat bite. In Makurdi, Benue State of Nigeria, bats could be said to be diminishing in numbers due to a change in their habitats with more construction being carried out and trees felled.

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Document Management System for a Sustainable Future.

23 May

Maureen Chinweokwu of Young & Bailey Nigeria Limited and Hamzat Bala Lawal of the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) stress in this piece that every business should strive to have a positive impact on the environment and its community by adopting and implementing sustainable policies that improve the quality of life for its customers and employees

Everywhere, on the news; the internet; adverts; politics; social movements; entertainment and even in technology, environmental friendliness is being promoted. So we engage ourselves by using energy saving bulbs, planting trees and flowers, eating less of processed foods and recycling.

We now see the need to go green and develop environmental friendly habits at work, home, schools, while having fun and in every area of our life because, it has become increasingly clear to us that our lifestyle and that of others including plants, animals and the whole ecosystems affect the wellbeing of the planet.

Protection of plants and trees often come up as a major step to environmental protection. The retention of the flora and fauna of the ecosystem goes a long way in maintaining the balance that is much sort after. It is therefore necessary to also reduce, if not eliminate the use of products generated from plants and trees. Often times, hardcopy documents is an overlooked item of a company’s “green strategy”. It should not be so. The costs to the environment of using paper, ink, toner as well as machines like photocopiers, printers, faxes which consume energy are considerable.

As you know, paper is produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp derived from wood or grasses, and processing them into flexible sheets – Paper. Therefore, we can easily derive that using so much paper in our day to day activities at work encourages the destruction of trees in our forests used to produce paper which in turn affects the eco system.

Organisations by choosing to become less dependent on hard copy documents with the implementation of a document management system will not only save the ecosystem but will save cost, increase profit and operate much more efficiently and cost effectively than they had ever done. Continue reading