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A tripartite agreement has been reached between United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Federal Government and a firm BASF, to phase-out 71,000 ozone depletion potential (ODP) tonnes yearly.
 
The agreement is part of a new country programme with Nigeria, which would run from 2018 to 2022. Environment is one of the key components for the 98 countries, in line with Montreal Protocol.An official of the UNIDO Regional Office for ECOWAS, Mr. Oluyomi Banjo revealed this during a stakeholders’ workshop on Safer Production and Business Development in the Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Foam Sector, held in Abuja.
 
“We worked with Nigeria in successfully achieving the ban on importation, production and phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons, methylbromide,and have adopted strategies to reduce yearly production,” Banjo said.He explained that they are trying to protect and heal the ozone layer, adding that this is a protective blanket in the stratosphere that covers man from harmful radiations from the sun, particularly the ultraviolet rays.
 
On his part, Idris Abdullahi of National Ozone Office, explained that intervention project of government with UNIDO was on course to curb ozone substances by phasing them out in the near future
 
“Exposure to it is as a result of the layer depletion can cause severe effects on human, and the environment like cases of skin cancer, cataract, damage to early developmental stages of sea animals.”
 
According to him, Vienna Convention will address about 100 chemicals and has successfully phased out a couple them with high ODP. Around the globe, ozone substances would have thinned the layer by 15 percent.”Also speaking, managing director of BASF West Africa, Dr. Jean-Marc Ricca said that as the only industrial firm worldwide to regularly present a comprehensive corporate carbon footprint.
 
Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar, has said that they will work tirelessly to design problem-solving policies to tackle ecological problems and other environmental issues.He stated at resumption of office, assured that they will work together as a team to take the sector to an enviable ‘Next Level’ as championed by the Buhari-led administration.
   
The Minister noted that concerted efforts is required by stakeholders, Boards and Parastatal under the ministry, together with development partners to achieve Mr. President’s vision for the Ministry.On her part, Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor, said though the task ahead may be onerous, we would imbue with requisite leadership and administrative pedigree to deliver ‘excellently and brilliantly.’

Welcoming the Ministers, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, pledged the unwavering support, cooperation and synergy of staff and its agencies towards the attainment of set objectives.

Meanwhile, the new Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar, has said that they will work tirelessly to design problem-solving policies to tackle ecological problems and other environmental issues.He stated at resumption of office, assured that they will work together as a team to take the sector to an enviable ‘Next Level’ as championed by the Buhari-led administration.

“We will run open-door policy by welcoming diverse recommendations, views and suggestions by stakeholders. The ministry is a strategic to fast-track socio-economic growth, well being of common people.”The Minister noted that concerted efforts is required by stakeholders, Boards and Parastatal under the ministry, together with development partners to achieve Mr. President’s vision for the Ministry.

On her part, Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor, said though the task ahead may be onerous, we would imbue with requisite leadership and administrative pedigree to deliver ‘excellently and brilliantly.’Welcoming the Ministers, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, pledged the unwavering support, cooperation and synergy of staff and its agencies towards the attainment of set objectives.

 

 


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